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Tricia - posted on 04/16/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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How carefully do you clean your pump parts during the day? I work 10 hours and commute an hour each way, so I end up pumping 3 times at work. I've just been rinsing between pumpings. Is that good enough?

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Lyndsay - posted on 04/21/2009

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If you are able to refridgerate the parts after rinsing, that worked for me (or keep in a cooler). I washed when I got home. I pumped for the entire year after my daughter was born when at work, up to 3 times a day at first! I brought my own mini fridge to fit under my cubicle and it was the best investment I could have made. I have to say that having extra parts is a good idea that I didn't think of if I didn't have my own refridgerator!

Susan - posted on 04/18/2009

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I rinsed in hot water at work and then washed well at home. Once a week or so, I'd toss them in the microwave, tubing included, and everything worked well.

Alison - posted on 04/18/2009

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I have about 5-6 sets (10-12 total) of pump parts so I don't worry about washing them until I get home. I feel like I'm stressed enough when pumping at work I can't be bothered with washing them at work as well. I pump twice while at work so I bring in 4 bottles, 4 suction parts, etc. This way I don't have to worry about cleaning anything while at work. I find it so much easier this way. The parts aren't that expensive and I pumped at work for 5 months so far so it was totally worth the purchase for me.

Megan - posted on 04/17/2009

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I just rinsed in between and washed well at night when I got home. Neither of my kids ever complained. The microwave bags do sound like a good deal too.

Esther - posted on 04/17/2009

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It's Ernst & Young right here in the US. We also get 12 weeks of fully paid maternity leave. Really pretty good.

Sarah - posted on 04/17/2009

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That is absolutely amazing!!! What company is it and in what country??!!!! My place was good to at least let me take that much time out of a day to do it I thought. The only time I had a problem was when the bathroom ceiling fell down on me (not when I was pumping fortunately!) so I had to move into the UNLOCKED computer room for a day. The Dr. I work for walked in on me! That was a bit embarrassing....more for him that me! He has no wife and kids and is not used to that sort of thing! LOL! This all sounds so terrible but it really wasn't that bad....I felt happy to be able to do it at least.

Esther - posted on 04/17/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

I did the microwave bit. It was great, I rinsed and then microwaved it. It's only a minute or something like that to sanitize. I was pumping and storing my bottles in a bathroom covered with paper towels to help deter flying pee!!!! I def wanted to sanitize!!!!



Yes, that would make me want to do more than rinse too. Fortunately my company is great when it comes to nursing mothers. They provide us with "privacy rooms" which are small rooms (with a lock) on a separate floor with no offices, that had a lazy boy in it, a table, a fridge to store your milk in, and a (very clean) sink (and magazines to keep you entertained). The pump was already in there so all I needed to bring in were bottles and my own suction cups and such (the parts that could get dirty). They provided me with the same pump to use at home (a hospital grade, $500 pump) so that the parts could be used on both my home pump & the office pump. There is always room for improvement in any company, but in that respect, my company is really fantastic.

Sarah - posted on 04/17/2009

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I did the microwave bit. It was great, I rinsed and then microwaved it. It's only a minute or something like that to sanitize. I was pumping and storing my bottles in a bathroom covered with paper towels to help deter flying pee!!!! I def wanted to sanitize!!!!

Sarah - posted on 04/16/2009

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Medela makes a package of wipes to clean your parts on the go. I have them and really like them. They also make bags that you put the parts in with water and microwave and it sanitizes the parts, bottles, pacifiers. I also use those. Quick and easy! Hope this helps.

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