Frustrated with breast pump, bottle sterilization

Michelle - posted on 08/10/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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So, I at first I was boiling all of my bottles and my breast pump acc. after each use ... then I read that it was okay to wash them in warm/hot water and soap. I sterilize the tubing for the pump once a week not after each time cause there is no way for me to do that at work and its not like any milk goes into the tube. Is this wrong or does anyone have suggestions? I was boiling my tubes for the pump and water keeps getting in the tubes and I let them sit out over night to dry and water sits in them! I also "laso" it around to get the water out but that still doesn't work! FRUSTRATED!!!!

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Alison - posted on 08/10/2009

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For the tubes, if you attach them to the pump and turn it on with nothing attached to the other end it will help dry them out.

Heather - posted on 08/10/2009

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attach the tubes to the pump and run it- it will clear the water out! don't remember how long that takes though, it's been a while... I also sterilized the tubes only every now and them. I'd wash the rest of the accessories after each use. Hope that helps!

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I know, I HATED that! I ended up up buying extra tubes, I have the MPIS too, they weren't expensive, so that I could switch them out... while one set was drying, which would take days (!!!), I used the other, and switched every week (or two...)

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Michelle - posted on 08/12/2009

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yeah I used the wipes as well. I figured I was doing everything right but I read somewhere that you had to "sanitize" everything EVERYTIME! I was like Oh my gosh that tubing is horrible! hahahahah Thanx soo much everyone for you advice and posts!

Christina - posted on 08/11/2009

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you don't need to ever wash the tubing unless water gets in them. it's important to (like the other posters said) run the pump to get them to completely dry to avoid mold building up in them. hot soapy water is all you ever need to clean your pump pieces and bottles, etc. unless your baby has immune system issues (you should sanitize them initially though before the first use). also, medela makes sterilizing wipes you can use at work if you need something quick. they aren't a very economical option though.

Michelle - posted on 08/10/2009

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yeah I wash the "horn" and the bottle every time ... just the tube I don't sanitize all the time.

Michelle - posted on 08/10/2009

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Yeah ... I have a medela pump in style too. yeah I occassionally put the bottles in the dishwasher and or use the microwave bags for the nipples and tubing

Brandy - posted on 08/10/2009

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i've only sterilized my tubing once and that was when i initially bought it and took it out of the bag. no milk can get into it, so i dont worry about it. i clean my bottles w/hot and soap and occassional use those bags for the microwave as well. i have a medela pump in style. hope that helps!

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