How long does it take you to pump (including set up and clean up)? - Mothering Forums

View Poll Results: How long does it take you to pump, including set up and clean up?
Less than 5 minutes 0 0%
5-10 minutes 0 0%
10-15 minutes 3 27.27%
15-20 minutes 2 18.18%
20-25 minutes 3 27.27%
25-30 minutes 2 18.18%
30-35 minutes 0 0%
35-40 minutes 0 0%
40-45 minutes 0 0%
45-50 minutes 0 0%
50-55 minutes 0 0%
55-60 minutes 1 9.09%
60-90 minutes 0 0%
More than 90 minutes 0 0%
Something else (tell me more!) 0 0%
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#1 of 4 Old 06-24-2012, 06:14 AM - Thread Starter
 
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What is the total amount of time it takes you to pump, including set up, pumping, and clean up?

I'm trying to plan for how much time I'll need when I go back to work in a couple of months.

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When I first went back to work, 20 minutes? I bought an extra set of pump parts so in my back I had 4 bottles, each with pump parts already attached. Then I could do 2 sessions without taking time to clean up. I just threw the dirty parts in a zip lock bag.

I also recommend a Pumpease pumping bra thing. So helpful!


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Those are good suggestions, Adrienne. Thank you!

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I did much the same. I wasn't pumping at a workplace, but at home I had four sets of pump parts. My husband was responsible for cleaning parts twice a day. He'd wash them all and set them all up so all I had to do was grab a set, pump, store the milk and then disassemble the parts for cleaning. 

 

I pumped into Evenflo glass bottles (easier to hold as they are heavier than plastic, so stay in place better- plus they are GLASS and not plastic!) and stored the milk in the fridge in them. So we had about a dozen of those bottles to cycle through pumping and storing.

 

You can also keep your pump parts in the fridge. After my son started BFing, I would use the hand pump now and again and I'd keep it in the fridge between uses within a 24 hour period. I wouldn't keep them in there longer than that, though.

 

Also, I thought it frivolous at first... but we bought a counter-top steam sterilizer and that was infinitely easier than boiling pump parts!!! I think that was the one of the best purchases those first few months when I was pumping!

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