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Thread: freestyle - when do you replace valves?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    Default freestyle - when do you replace valves?

    I was wondering if I need to occasionally replace the valves in my Medela freestyle pump?

    If yes - how often?
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2008

    Default Re: freestyle - when do you replace valves?

    I used a PISA and wondered the same thing. I asked Medela customer service and they said there is no reccommended time frame. But if you notice they are thinning, tearing, or if you are losing suction, then you'd want to replace them. I never replaced mine, I pumped for a little over year, I had 2 sets of parts though.

    ETA: Ooops...sorry, I thought you said the membranes.
    Proud mom of 2:
    DD 5/2008 nursed for 3 years and 3 months.
    DS born 8/2011 nursing like a champ

    Sorry for the short responses...always, always, always NAK or holding a baby

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009

    Default Re: freestyle - when do you replace valves?

    I replaced the plastic valve when it wasn't sealing properly. I could feel a decrease in suction if I didn't hold the valve in a certain way.
    Mom to:
    Johann, Born June 21, 2009 8lb, 7oz & 22in nursed until 2 years old
    Lydia, Born March 30, 2013 9lb, 5.6oz & 21.75 inches

    Nursed through hypothryroidism, IGT, and a SNS both times around

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