Wish I had found you all sooner...please help...

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-17-2013
Wish I had found you all sooner...please help...
Sun, 11-17-2013 - 10:20pm
My son is 8 months and I'm an exclusive pumper due to horrible lactation consultants after his birth. After having to admit him to the NICU at 3 days old with a bili of 24 I knew I had to do something. I was directed to nurse him 10 min in each side, then supplement with formula and then pump 10 minutes on each side. After each session I had maybe 20 minutes to relax before starting all over again. I chose to just pump so he could get breast milk and I could get sleep. We tried several times to latch successfully and it never happened. I'm a school teacher and was able to devote all my time to pumping and I'm blessed with a supportive husband. By June I built up enough of a supply that we no longer had to supplement with formula unfortunately over the past month my supply has nearly dwindled. I found this board while searching for help... Here is my issue.... I have a pretty good frozen stock and even though my supply is dwindling I knew we would make it until I found what I think is mold in the tubing of my Medela pump. A friend who bought it and only used it a couple of times gave it to me right before my son was born. I'm concerned the frozen supply is contaminated with mold spores and I'm no longer producing enough to keep up with what my son needs. I called Medela but since the pump is used they won't answer my questions. I will cry if I have to throw out the milk... I have battled blocked ducts and extremely sore nipples for 8 months but I had no one helping me... I was pretty much winging all of this. I'm going to try some of the recommendations I read like pumping 20 minutes and lubing prior to help with my soreness. Now I just need to find out if the frozen supply is safe and we might make it until March...
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-14-2010
Mon, 11-18-2013 - 1:13pm

I'm sure it's fine-your milk surely doesn't touch the tubes? I'd use the frozen milk and just buy new tubes. they must have just got damp from condensation or something. Especially since the milk is frozen, it would kill any bacteria wouldn't it? Good luck and well done on your persistence!

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2013
Sat, 11-23-2013 - 6:37pm

I agree. I think the milk would be safe as it does not contact the tubing. Maybe you already do this, but I always let my pump run for ten or so minutes after I'm done pumping to remove condensation. I struggled with sore cracked nipples and found Motherlove nipple cream and Pumpin Pal flanges to really help me! Worth every penny!

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-18-2011
Tue, 12-17-2013 - 3:38pm
Ugh, that is crappy! Could you have the friend who bought the pump call Medela, maybe? I think it will be fine but don't know for sure.

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