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Not sure if this belongs here.....I exclusively pump and have a ton of medela pump bottles. I was thinking of saving them when I'm done pumping because I teach fifth grade and I could use them for science, crafts, etc. But I'm wondering if they will get brittle and crack? I've had them ten months so far and no problems. Should I just give them away to a nursing friend when I'm done?
 

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Not sure what you are asking here, but I say if they show any signs of cracking or warping (which I doubt they will if you treat them right) use them for crafts. If they are okay definetly pass them on....they will do more good promoting BFing than arts & crafts. Besides, you can use anything for crafts.....<br><br>
Or you could keep 'em for the next kid, if you plan on having more...<br><br>
HTH...
 

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Sorry I wasn't more clear. I work for an inner-city school and we really don't have much supplies. I was thinking the bottles would be great for measuring for science experiments or convenient containers for water when painting during art. So I want to save them for that, but I'm thinking if they won't last very long, I'd just give them away instead. The thing is, I don't know any bf moms right now, plus people may not want them since they had my milk in them. (I wouldn't care if I was getting used bottles, but some people would.) I'd hate to pack them away for when I go back to work next year and have them useless. So what I'm asking is, has anyone used Medela bottles for a long period of time (say, over a year) and they held up okay? Hope I clarified this.
 

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I bought several used bottles on ebay to use for storing/pumping. They have all held up just fine, no problems. I have some that are five years old, and are still functioning just like the new ones.<br><br>
I think that it is admirable that you would use them for your school, considering what they go for on ebay. I used to teach in an inner city school too, and I know what you mean about having nothing to use to teach with.<br><br>
Let us know if there are other things you need, I'm sure some of us can send some stuff your way!<br><br>
Leann
 

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I have some that are 4 years old now and are still in great shape, also have some I bought used (don't know how old though) and they are in very good shape too. I would save them and use at school definitely.
 

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Great, thanks for the info everyone. I will save them. And Leann, thanks so much for your kind words.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I have some that are still fine after 9+ months of use, then almost 2 years in storage, then another 4+ months of use. So yeah, I'd say they should be fine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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