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  • BM stays good at room temp for approx 5hrs, so I did not wash my parts in between pumping at work.  I usually pumped twice a day, about 4hrs apart.  I would wash everything at night.  You can combine milk in bottles, but I rarely did.  I have the Medela PISA so I could fit 4 of those little bottles in the cooler bag that came with it.
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  • You don't have to wash them everyday if you can rinse the parts and put into the fridge. I brought my parts home to wash in the dishwasher once a week. But use a new pumping bottle each time. Don't mix fresh milk and cold milk.

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  • Kellymom.com has some good info on this:

    http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/milkstorage/

    Basically, if you're going to combine milk, it should be the same temp.  Store your pump parts in a ziplock bag in the fridge in between pumping if it's going to be more than 3 or 4 hours.      

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  • My chart from my LC says BM is good at room temp for 6 hrs. I pump 3x a day. First at 9 last at 3 so 6 hrs apart. I never sanitize. If my last pump is a bit late I do wipe the flanges down with a medela wipe
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    When I pumped it put the parts in the fridge and washed them daily. You don't need to wash them each time.
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  • There are a lot of options. You can reuse the same pump parts if it has been less than 5 hours, you can rinse and reuse, or wash and reuse, or rinse and microwave sterilize and reuse. You could store them in the fridge between pumping sessions, or buy a second set and have a clean set of parts for each pumping session. All those options are commonly done and are ok. If your tap water is safe to drink, you really only need to sterilize before the first use.
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  • I pumped for two years and never washed parts in between or even put them in the fridge in between. No problems whatsoever. I just threw everything in the dishwasher at night.
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    I also never wash my parts in between pumping sessions in the same day.  What I do with the bottles is this.  I pump into bottle A and B in the morning and put all the milk in bottle A.  Then the next time I pump, I reuse bottle B and a new bottle C. Pour all the milk from that pump into bottle B, then repeat the same thing for your next pumping session.  Saves me from using 6 bottles in a day!  Now I just use 3 or 4 depending on how many sessions. Then I wash everything at night.  I have 4 sets of pump parts so I don't even have to wash everything that night and can skip a day (or 3) of washing if I want to.  
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    Maybe I will get sideeyed for this, but I combine milk too (all from the same day of course). I don't get a ton of output from each session, so I just store the bottles, with pump parts still attached, in the fridge, and then pump into those same bottles at the next session. I could be wrong, but I always thought it was that you weren't supposed to combine fresh and *frozen* milk. I would think combining fresh milk with milk that's been in the fridge for 3 hours is just fine. Hopefully I'm not doing anything wrong... I'm two months into pumping at work and LO seems to be fine! I'd be curious to know, though, if what I'm doing is somehow not okay. I do, of course, wash pump parts at the end of the day.
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    image jf198400:
    BM stays good at room temp for approx 5hrs, so I did not wash my parts in between pumping at work.  I usually pumped twice a day, about 4hrs apart.  I would wash everything at night.  .

     

    This for me too, except DH washed the parts at night. :) 

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    image JJ_13:
    Maybe I will get sideeyed for this, but I combine milk too (all from the same day of course). I don't get a ton of output from each session, so I just store the bottles, with pump parts still attached, in the fridge, and then pump into those same bottles at the next session. I could be wrong, but I always thought it was that you weren't supposed to combine fresh and *frozen* milk. I would think combining fresh milk with milk that's been in the fridge for 3 hours is just fine. Hopefully I'm not doing anything wrong... I'm two months into pumping at work and LO seems to be fine! I'd be curious to know, though, if what I'm doing is somehow not okay. I do, of course, wash pump parts at the end of the day.

    This is how bacteria grows.  Pumping warm milk into cold milk.  I'd leave the milk out of the fridge if it's only 3 hours between and then pump warm milk onto warm milk.  What I did was combine the 2 bottles into one bottle, and then brought an extra bottle (so 3 bottles each day) and pump into one old empty and a new one and then combine those 2. 

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    image azuremama:
    I pumped for two years and never washed parts in between or even put them in the fridge in between. No problems whatsoever. I just threw everything in the dishwasher at night.

     

    all of this except I hand washed at night. 


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    image JJ_13:
    Maybe I will get sideeyed for this, but I combine milk too (all from the same day of course). I don't get a ton of output from each session, so I just store the bottles, with pump parts still attached, in the fridge, and then pump into those same bottles at the next session. I could be wrong, but I always thought it was that you weren't supposed to combine fresh and *frozen* milk. I would think combining fresh milk with milk that's been in the fridge for 3 hours is just fine. Hopefully I'm not doing anything wrong... I'm two months into pumping at work and LO seems to be fine! I'd be curious to know, though, if what I'm doing is somehow not okay. I do, of course, wash pump parts at the end of the day.

    This is how bacteria grows.  Pumping warm milk into cold milk.  I'd leave the milk out of the fridge if it's only 3 hours between and then pump warm milk onto warm milk.  What I did was combine the 2 bottles into one bottle, and then brought an extra bottle (so 3 bottles each day) and pump into one old empty and a new one and then combine those 2. 

    as a biologist, I am really curious as to how this specific practice promotes bacterial growth. 


  • image JJ_13:
    Maybe I will get sideeyed for this, but I combine milk too all from the same day of course. I don't get a ton of output from each session, so I just store the bottles, with pump parts still attached, in the fridge, and then pump into those same bottles at the next session. I could be wrong, but I always thought it was that you weren't supposed to combine fresh and frozen milk. I would think combining fresh milk with milk that's been in the fridge for 3 hours is just fine. Hopefully I'm not doing anything wrong... I'm two months into pumping at work and LO seems to be fine! I'd be curious to know, though, if what I'm doing is somehow not okay. I do, of course, wash pump parts at the end of the day.


    I did the exact same thing. I got a mini fridge on Craigslist for 35 dollars to put next to my desk. After pumping I just set the bottles with flanges still attached in the fridge and pumped into them again later. I don't remember if my LC told me to or I read it somewhere, but I never had a problem.
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    When I pumped it put the parts in the fridge and washed them daily. You don't need to wash them each time.

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  • I store my pump parts in a cooler bag during the day and don't wash or wipe them after each pump session. But I pump into fresh bottles (I combine the freshly pumped milk into one bottle, then reuse one and use a fresh one for a second pumping session). Or rather, that's what I did until a month ago.

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  • I didn't clean them between pumping sessions, there is a fridge in the mom's room and I just stuck them in there.
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