Pumping your milk is one way to provide breast milk to your baby. However, germs can grow quickly in breast milk or breast milk residue that remains on pump parts. Following these steps can keep your breast pump clean and help protect your baby from these germs.
Posted by Lisa Jan 3, Cleaning. When I used my breast pump, it seemed that almost every time I pumped, water droplets would appear in the tubing that connected the flanges to the pump, especially with my Medela pumps. I found that this process of running the pump motor for five minutes would remove the condensation most times from the breast pump tubing.
Read our essential guide to cleaning and sanitising breast pump equipment to ensure your expressed breast milk is safe for your baby. Learning when and how to clean and sanitise breast pump parts between uses is vital to ensure your milk is safe to drink. The good news is, if you master the basics of cleaning and sanitising your pumping equipment, your milk should be safe to keep in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for up to nine months — see our guide to storing, freezing and thawing breast milk for more advice.
Return to product details. The Battery Pack uses 8 AA alkaline batteries, or, for more consistent pump performance, use rechargeable batteries. It is recommended that batteries be replaced or recharged between the 10th and 12th pumping session.
Cleaning the tubing on your breast pump may feel like a chore but it's necessary to protect your baby from germs and bacteria. Wash the tube between every feeding by hand or in the dishwasher. It's also important to sterilize the tubing every 24 hours to kill germs and bacteria.
Regularly washing and sanitizing your breast pump is essential for a healthy and safe pumping experience for mom and baby. Here are our guidelines on how to properly clean your breast pump. Wash your hands before touching your breasts, handling your breast pump, and cleaning parts and accessories.
We often get asked which cleaning methods are safe and appropriate for Ameda and Medela breast pump parts. Below are the manufacturer general cleaning and care guidelines. Please refer to your breast pump manual for more specific and detailed information.
Since the breast pump comes in contact with the milk for your child, you need to keep it clean. Properly cleaning your breast pump reduces the growth of germs and bacteria. To clean your breast pump, rinse it immediately after use, wash it with warm water and soap, and boil it once each day to sanitize.
The CDC has recently issued guidelines for cleaning breast pump parts. Here is what the CDC recommends, and how to make following the recommendations as easy as possible. More information on the very sad case of the preterm infant is available here ; the short version for anyone not wanting to read the story is that the baby became very sick after being exposed to a pathogen called Cronobacter sakazakii. It was concluded that the baby was exposed to it after the pump parts came into contact with the bacteria when they were being cleaned in that sink.