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My breastpump attachments were used by another mom by mistake. She is someone I don't know at all, and could possibly have a questionable history. Is there anyway to sterilize my things or will I need to buy a new kit? TIA!
 

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Well, I couldn't afford new breastpump attachments and the university where I work gave me a used set.<br><br>
I just ran it through the dishwasher twice. I'm not a huge proponent of boiling plastic although I'm pretty sure that the dishwasher water is pretty darn hot.
 

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Just boil them or run them through the dishwasher set on the hot cycle. I had to do this every day when we were dealing with thrush. It's fine!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> what they said.
 

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I boiled it, but the tubing changed from crystal clear to a sort of grayish-white opaque. Is that okay? I've been using an Ameda pump with the Ameda attachments the hospital I work at supplies. I may just keep doing that until I can afford a new Medela kit or until I can stop pumping altogether. I just feel funny about using my old kit. Before it was because a stranger used it and now it is because I boiled it and am worried about having denatured the plastic.
 

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the change on the tubing is normal.<br><br>
Medela also makes a microwave strilization bag ($5 for five bags that can be used 20 times each - although I do use them more than that) and sterilization wips (I have not tried). I use the bags at work to make sure everything gets clean during the week.
 

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I'm just wondering why the woman who used it doesn't buy you a new set.... I certainly would if I used someone else's equipment. Have you asked her?
 

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She was a patient at the hospital I work for. Very young, a little clueless, iykwim. Not trying to be mean, but her ability to pick up on the clues that she shouldn't use the things I left in the pumping room was definitely lacking.<br><br>
I did ask if the hospital would buy me a new set, but that went over like a lead balloon. He!!, they don't even wanna pay me what I'm worth or give me enough people to work with so I have time to pee and eat, let alone pump! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br>
Thanks for the thought, though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Oh, well, that changes everything. I can't believe they won't give you another pump kit at work. After all, it was a patient of theirs who used it!!! The hospital I work at has given me 4 pump kits without batting an eyelash. I'd send you one of mine if I hadn't used them all already. After all, you'd still be in the same situation. (Well, except my history isn't questionable, but you don't know that.)<br><br>
Sorry your employer is so unsupportive. I actually use Medela pumps, and I don't think they actually say to boil the tubing, but they do say the change is normal.
 
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