Guidelines for cleaning your breast pump

Brennon Kaczmarek

Posted on July 28 2017

Guidelines for cleaning your breast pump

Before each use

  • Wash your hands
  • Inspect your tubing for mold, and discard it if you find any
  • If you’re using a shared pump, clean the dials, power switch and countertop with a disinfectant wipe

After each use

  • Clean the pumping area and pump base with a disinfectant wipe
  • Take apart breast pump tubing and separate all parts that come in contact with your breast or breast milk (flanges, valves, bottles, etc.)
  • Rinse each part with running water to remove remaining milk
  • If cleaning by hand, use a wash basin and avoid placing parts directly in the sink. Add hot water and soap, scrub with a clean brush used only for infant feedings, rinse and air-dry thoroughly
  • If cleaning in the dishwasher, place small parts in a closed container or bag. If possible, run the dishwasher using hot water and a heated drying cycle (or sanitizing setting) to kill more germs. Air-dry thoroughly
  • Don’t forget to clean the wash basin and scrubbing brush too, rinsing after each use and washing with hot water every few days

For extra protection

  • Consider sanitizing pump parts at least once a day if your baby is less than 3 months old, was born prematurely, or has a weakened immune system
  • Use the above steps for cleaning before sanitizing
  • Check the pump’s manufacturing instructions to see if it can be steamed or boiled
  • If steaming, you can use a microwave or plug-in steam system
  • If boiling, place disassembled items that are safe to boil into a pot and cover with water, boiling for 5 minutes
  • Air-dry thoroughly

How to store milk

  • Use a capped milk collection bottle or sealed milk collection bag
  • Label with date and time
  • Immediately place in a refrigerator, freezer, or cooler bag with ice packs

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