Ok, I don't get it. I'm completely oblivious about pumping. Help!
So here's where I'm at ... I have 3 used pumps and based on the names and model numbers, I think I have picked out the best 2 that I will actually use and the best 1 that I want to like get actually set up with new tubing and everything soon. So I think I'm good there. I'll be using a Medela PIS advanced from like 2007 (it was my sister's.)
So as I understand it, there like little plastic cuppy things that go on the boobs and that are attached directly to little bottles. Do those bottles have to be the kind that come with the pump? And are the plastic nipple cuppy things all the same?
And then to store boob milk, you pour it from those bottles into something else, right? I have a bunch of bags. So ... you just dump it into the bags, seal and label?
What's up with the tubing? Where does that go? And what do you have to clean out each time and how do you do it?
Idk that the bottles necessarily have to be the same brand, but i think most pumps will only fit w/ bottles of the same brand.
Storage...yes, bag & label. I just used zip-locks instead of milk bags. Idk if there is a difference, but they worked fine for me. It helps if you bag the same amount of oz of milk that you will use in a feeding. Ex..don't want to have to defrost 8oz if you only plan to use 4oz.
Tubes, I would imagine those attach to the machine, but I have never used electric so idk for sure. I would guess they would need to be cleaned after usage.
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I laughed so hard I choked on my b-fast burrito... boob milk haha. You are too cute.
I have an older madela too. You can buy the madela bottles to attach (and serve immediately) or any sort of "boob milk" storage bag. I like the lansinoh storage bags cuz you can strap them right to the "plastic cuppy thingies" and pump the milk in there, seal it, mark the date and put it in the fridge.
The plastic tubes go from the pump to the "plastic cuppy thingies". There are some small parts of my plastic cuppy thingies that are required to make the pump action work and you have to put it together. Maybe have your sister show you? I had to have my sister show me. You will want to clean and sanitize (in a microwave sanitizer or boiling water) the plastic cuppy thingies and all the working parts, bottles, nipples etc. regularly. Since air is what goes through the plastic tubes, I don't clean and sanitize as often, maybe every couple of weeks.
Does that help?
I have that pump. I used the small cheap glass baby bottles from BRU (evenflo, I think). I stored in glass simply because they were cheaper, and I did not see the point in pouring into a storage bag. I made so little milk that I hated to have to throw away the 'drips' left over! LOL!!!
You only need to clean the tubing if you have a backup. Pay attention, and you won't have to worry. I did get the microwave steam bags from Madela and sterilize them that way. It is the only way to get the condensation out of the tube so it dries!
Hope this helps!
i have never cleaned my tubes... is that bad lol??? they don't come in contact with any fluids. They only transfer the suction from the pump to the bottle. The tube goes from the pump into the back of the flange behind a one way valve. The milk comes out of the breast and trickles down the flange directly into the bottle or bag. Milk does not get into the tubes.
i found that any bottle attached to the flange. I used a Medela pump n style. I pumped directly into the bag a few times... but i had too many accidents where the bag fell off the flange and milk went everywhere. After that I always pumped into a bottle
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I used the breastmilk bags and poured the milk from the bottle (I just used the bottles that came w/the pump) directly into the bag, labeled, and froze it, since I wasn't going to feed it immediately. I always tried to wash the flanges (plastic cuppy thingies), bottles, and corresponding parts as soon as I could b/c I didn't want bacteria to build up. I sanitized all those parts in boiling water every week or two.
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