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    Unhappy cleaning pump at work

    I have a 3 months old baby and I am returning to work next week. I am planning to pump 2-3 times per day at work while breastfeed when I come back home. My question is, what's the best way to clean the pumps in between the pumping sessions? It may be awkward to clean the stuff at the kitchen at work. I bought the medela wipes just for the pumps but haven't tried it yet. Wonder if the wipe would be enough to clean the small holes in the pump. I am afraid that bacteria will grow if I don't clean it right.

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    Default Re: cleaning pump at work

    Breast milk is very hardy stuff and can be left out for up to 8 hours so you don't have to do much to clean your pump during the day. I would say wipe the horns and store the pieces between pumpings in the fridge or cooler and then clean at night. The evening cleaning and packing of supplies for the next day is a great DH job.

    Don't make pumping too hard on yourself.

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    I put pump stuff in a clean plastic bag in the fridge.
    Lynn
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    Thanks for the reply! I didn't know that breast milk can stay in the room temp longer than formula.

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    Great advice from the PPs! If you're still concerned, you could buy more breastshields and take 2 or 3 clean ones to work every day. That way you'd always be pumping with clean parts. But I think that would be overkill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*abluestar View Post
    Thanks for the reply! I didn't know that breast milk can stay in the room temp longer than formula.
    one of the many, many wonders of breast milk are the antibacterial/antimicrobial properties.

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    Yup, that's what I did. I would just put it in some type of plastic covering so that lint or anything else from your bag or storage can't get stick in the horns and stuff. Good luck with pumping at work- most important is to relax. I've come to really enjoy that time- plus, I get to catch up on smutty magazines! (I'm starting to think I'll never wean this kid just for that!)
    Mari
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    I used to pump twice a day at work and I used the Medela steam/clean bags between pumpings. I felt it was the most sterile solution. And this way I always had my pump equipment with me. I never had to store my pump parts in a common area or shared fridge/freezer etc. I felt more comfortable doing that.
    Word of caution: I once accidentally forgot my bag in the microwave on a hospital floor nutrition room and SOMEONE THREW IT OUT!! I also once forgot it at a friend's house and had to drive the 40 minutes back to retrieve it! As a result, I ended up purchasing enough pump parts/flanges for every time I pumped. It's expensive but it's saves a lot of time and stress.

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    I keep a plastic ware container and some anti-bac dish soap in my office. After pumping, I do a quick rinse w/ hot soapy water in the restroom. The medela wipes are great for quick cleaning while traveling, but would get expensive using the frequently.

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    I just tried the medela wipes and I don't know what's that foam that looks like soap? I think about rinsing the parts after each pump instead, but that'd mean I have to drain or wipe it dry afterwards. If I can't drain it dry enough, tap water would be added to the milk when I pump next time. If I wipe it dry with paper towel, the paper tissue would leave on the parts. Ah... Which is a better way? this is killing me. I know I am too anal on this but I just can't help it! Help! Help!

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