pump in style

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2007
pump in style
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Thu, 07-08-2010 - 8:48am

Does anyone know if you can remove the pump from the shoulder bag in a Medela pump in style advanced? I know it's not an easy-out type of thing, but there's a lot of velcro inside the bag so I figure it's doable. Before I start I want to make sure I am not setting myself up for an absolute disaster.

I'm trying to bring it along on a trip for a friend, and I want the pump to take up as little room as possible in my suitcase.

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Registered: 04-29-2008
Thu, 07-08-2010 - 11:33am
Yes, you can--it's only held in by velcro. It's such a tight fit and it's strong velcro, so it seems like it wouldn't come out, but it does.

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 12:08am

I have the same model and always wondered about this too! I will be returning to work in 3 weeks and

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Registered: 03-19-2007
Sun, 07-11-2010 - 8:22pm

Thanks Sara! I managed to pull it out and while it looked quite industrial it worked great and took up so much less room - my friend was very grateful.

Christine - I've read of some women just rinsing the parts out and sticking them in the fridge until the next pumping session and then washing them at the end of the day - their reasoning being that if breast milk can last several days in the fridge, then you aren't going to get anything growing in the pump parts in just one day. Personally, I"ve used the microwave bags but they are expensive, and I don't know if I'd feel comfortable using them all the time. Some of the moms who exclusively pumped can probably give you some good ideas.

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Registered: 12-30-2007
Sun, 07-11-2010 - 9:30pm

I pumped at work from feb-june and while I had a teachers bathroom to pump in, I never washed the pump parts at work. I would just use a wipe (sometimes a medela one and sometimes just a baby wipe and then stick it in the cooler part of my pump bag). I never had any issues with souring milk or such with the pump parts. I would wash with soap and water every night and then once a wk or so, I would boil everything.

hope that helps

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Thu, 07-15-2010 - 12:38am

Thanks Elyse! I never even thought to use baby wipes - probably just as good as the Medela wipes.


I pumped this morning for the first time in weeks and realized how much I hate it. This is going to suck having to do this at work every 3 hours. :-/