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I was blindly sterilizing parts for my Nursing Strike son (we're hitting 6 days now) and I threw the medela clear plastic tubes into the boiling water<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: . After I was done I thought, "oh no-- I'd read that you were not supposed to do that!". Was I not supposed to??<br><br>
FYI-- they are no longer clear, they are foggy, whitish. But they still work.<br><br>
Should I worry about this? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">:
 

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I've never sterilized my tubing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag"> and I'm an EP'er. But, you could probably use the tubing and order spare tubing just in case. If you really want to sterilize your tubing I would recommend the Microsteam bags by Medela. They're really easy to use and can be reused 20 times at least.<br><br>
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They are not supposed to be sterilized, the LC told me. She said that all you need to do with them is to let the pump run until the condensation goes away.<br><br>
If they are cloudy now, and you cannot see if they have condensation in them or not, I would suggest that you replace them. You need to be able to see if they do get condensation in them, because that will capture airborn contaminants, where the dry tubing would not.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">They are not supposed to be sterilized, the LC told me. She said that all you need to do with them is to let the pump run until the condensation goes away.<br><br>
If they are cloudy now, and you cannot see if they have condensation in them or not, I would suggest that you replace them. You need to be able to see if they do get condensation in them, because that will capture airborn contaminants, where the dry tubing would not.</div>
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that makes sense. now that you mention it, I remember hearing that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
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I did it once, too in a fit of cleanliness. It didn't affect my pump and they were cloudy for a few days. Eventually they cleared up. And then I found out they weren't supposed to go into the pot of water!<br><br>
After pumping for awhile, I did snip the ends of the tubes because they had gotten stretched out a little - and my suction improved. But I don't think it was related to the boiling.
 

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If there is condensation in the tubing, it may cause an improper fit/suction/etc. with the machine. I did wash mine before, and it seemed it never quite worked as good as before I washed it. I would suggest getting new tubing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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If you are thinking of replacing them I would recommend a trip to the hardware store (like ACE) before buying them from Medela. I got replacement tubing at the hardware store for $.18 plus I was able to get the length I wanted.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you are thinking of replacing them I would recommend a trip to the hardware store (like ACE) before buying them from Medela. I got replacement tubing at the hardware store for $.18. plus I was able to get the length I wanted.</div>
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I agree. I was also able to use the tubing from my son's nebulizer. It was the same. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Good input there mama. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you are thinking of replacing them I would recommend a trip to the hardware store (like ACE) before buying them from Medela. I got replacement tubing at the hardware store for $.18 plus I was able to get the length I wanted.</div>
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Oh, okay-- and the tubing from ACE will have the same ends? B/C I know that one end is plain, and the end that goes into the back of the horn (where you hold on) has a ridge that makes it slightly bigger.
 

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I'd wait and see if they clear up - mine went cloudy after using the microsteam bags, which I did according to the directions, but they cleared up pretty quickly.
 

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You can take these out of your original tubes and put them into the tubing you find at the hardware store. I am a Compacting Mama so I am insistant on saving money where ever I can. Of couse if you feel more comfortable buy them from Medela.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was blindly sterilizing parts for my Nursing Strike son (we're hitting 6 days now) and I threw the medela clear plastic tubes into the boiling water<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: . After I was done I thought, "oh no-- I'd read that you were not supposed to do that!". Was I not supposed to??<br><br>
FYI-- they are no longer clear, they are foggy, whitish. But they still work.<br><br>
Should I worry about this? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">:</div>
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That happened to mine after I boiled them (the instructions said it was ok to do that occasionally). I thought I had ruined them, but they did clear again after a few days and now work fine. I would wait and see before replacing them.
 

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I bought new tubes for my PISA and they are different now....they have plastic bits on both ends the tubing isn't clear...they are harder to get and stay on and I don't like them. :p
 

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They may get moldy. You can squirt alcohol through them to kill any mold if it grows. Then just let the pump run until they dry out.
 

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Hold one end in your hand and whip them around in a circle above your head as fast as you can. This should drive most of the water out. I used to sterilize my tubing once in a while when I pumped. Another way to dry them completely is after doing the whip thig, hook them up to your pump , just the tubing and let it run for a little bit to send air through. hth
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hold one end in your hand and whip them around in a circle above your head as fast as you can. This should drive most of the water out. I used to sterilize my tubing once in a while when I pumped. Another way to dry them completely is after doing the whip thig, hook them up to your pump , just the tubing and let it run for a little bit to send air through. hth</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> that's exactly what I did-- my son was very entertained!<br><br>
and you know what? they are starting to clear, and now I can see MUCH condensation. So glad I came here to ask the experts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I brew my own beer and wine and when I sterilize my tubing it does the same thing. I have used the tubing without problem for brewing for many years with them like you say "cloudy" and never had a contamination issue. When I first sterilized my pump tubes they did the same thing, and I have not had a problem. Just my experience, hope it helps.
 
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