how to clean a breast pump

How do I Clean a Breast Pump?

Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to nourish your baby, but it can also be tiring and challenging. Breast pumps are a great solution for busy moms on the go or at work, who still want to ensure their baby is getting the most nutritious food source. Using a breast pump requires proper cleaning to ensure your baby’s health and safety.

It's important to remember that pumping is breastfeeding. 

How do I clean a breast pump properly? Here's how:

  1. Wash your hands before handling the breast pump.
  2. Disassemble the pump parts. Separate the parts that come into contact with breast milk. Remove any milk residue from the parts by rinsing them in cold water.
  3. Wash the parts with warm water and a fragrance-free soap to avoid any harmful chemicals that may be present in scented soap. Scrub the parts with a bottle brush.
  4. Rinse the parts thoroughly in cool water to remove all soap residue.
  5. Sterilize the parts. You can boil the parts in a pot of water for 5-10 minutes, use a steam sterilizer, or soak them in a solution of water and sterilizing tablets or drops.
  6. Air-dry the parts on a clean surface or a drying rack.
  7. Store the parts in a clean and dry place.
  8. Clean the pump motor and tubing. Wipe the motor with a damp cloth and avoid getting any water inside the motor. To clean the tubing, wash it in warm soapy water, rinse it thoroughly, and air-dry it by hanging it on a clean surface.

Proper cleaning and maintenance of your breast pump is essential to keep it working effectively. If you notice any signs of wear and tear, replace the parts or the pump. 

Happy pumping!


As always, if you have any concerns or questions, consult a healthcare or lactation professional.

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