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    I just checked the price of the additional parts, they are actually less expensive over the long run comparing with the wipes or cleaning time. I may end up buying an additional set then.

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    this is from a Mothering article on traveling with breast milk and how hardy it (and therefore pump parts) are. An extra set of breast shields is nice to have, but there is no need to put an undue burden on yourself when it comes to pumping.

    The even better news is that, according to new findings in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine (2), checking breastmilk is actually a fine option. The researchers took frozen breastmilk and thawed it, refroze it, refrigerated it and left it out at room temperature. Essentially, they beat it up. What did they find? Breastmilk is fairly robust and does not grow bacteria easily nor lose vitamins A and C or free fatty acids (FFA) to any degree that would harm a full term baby. Breastmilk fresh from the breast or thawed in a clean container can be left at room temperature for less than 8 hours.(3) (4) This means on a day trip, you can safely pack expressed breastmilk in your checked bag and take it home just as it is.

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    You've probably already got your answer from the other posts, but I thought I would share what I did--

    I pumped 3 times a day and did not clean or even rinse the parts during the day. I knew breastmilk doesn't go bad that quickly. :-)

    I would pump, then put the milk AND the breast shield into the refridgerator until the next pump.

    At the end of the day I would rinse everything with hot water & soap.

    On Fridays I brought the parts home and sanitized them once over the weekend.

    That's just what I did!

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    I have been pumping at work for about a month now. I have been rinsing out the horns without drying them not thinking the tap water is getting in the breast milk until I read one of the replys here. I feel stupid and I wonder if my baby is effected by this. This means every milk she's had that I pumped at work had tap water in it. I won't be rinsing out the horns anymore. Thanks for your reply.

    I also do not have a fridge to put my milk so I keep it in my breast pump bag in a baby bottle with ice packs until I get home.
    Last edited by @llli*my1stbaby; January 8th, 2010 at 01:59 PM.

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    Rinsig out the horns and drying shouldn't let tap water into the breast milk you are pumping. I think the mama that said that about the milk was probably rinsing the bottles themselves and if they don't dry on the inside they will have a little water in them.

    I think at least wiping the horns between uses is good to get off any milk droplets.

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    I pump three times during a 12 hour shift, and all I do is take the milk and pour it into a storage bag, put it in the fridge, then rinse out the horns and collection bottles with hot water, scrub a bit with my hands, rinse again, then store in a ziplock til I pump again. So far, no troubles!

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    I'm in your shoes...going back to work on tuesday after baby #2. The first time I was pretty casual about cleaning. Did NOT like the medela wipes and had the paper towel/drying issue you mention. I ended up rinsing my horns with hot hot water, shaking them good and letting them air dry in between pumping sessions. Never had a problem. The important thing for me was to let the pump run a minute or so after pumping to dry the tubes. Got kind of mildewy in there once or twice but I never felt like my milk was contaminated. Good luck!

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    Can the microwave steam thing be any brand/made for bottles or does it have to be Medela/pump specific?

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mtrucios View Post
    I used to pump twice a day at work and I used the Medela steam/clean bags between pumpings.
    these are a very nice cleaning option and each bag is good for up to 20 uses

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*rebeccaeee View Post
    The important thing for me was to let the pump run a minute or so after pumping to dry the tubes. Got kind of mildewy in there once or twice but I never felt like my milk was contaminated. Good luck!
    it is not necessary nor is it recommended to wash the tubing since no milk should be getting inside of them anyway. if you do see milk in your tubing, chances are there is another problem and it's a good idea to get a new set anyway. i believe that washing can compromise the tubing filters as well.

    i hope i don't come across sounding harsh (not my intent at all!), it's just that i am constantly having to issue new tubing and troubleshooting improperly working pumps caused by this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    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.
    This is what I do. And I make DP clean the parts at night. I put them in a big ziploc bag after I use them. Plus our work sink is usually yucky. I feel this is easier and cleaner. I was trying to use one set and it added time to the whole thing

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