Cleaning and sterilizing your breast pump and accessories

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It is important to wash your breast pump regularly to have a safe and healthy experience. These are our guidelines.

It is important to wash and sanitize your breast pump regularly to ensure a safe and healthy experience for both mom and baby. These are our tips on how to clean your breast pumps properly.

How can I get started?

Before touching your breasts or handling your breast pumps, wash your hands.

Do I need to clean my breast pump parts before using it?

Yes! Before you use your breast pumps for the first time, wash and disinfect them.

How often should I clean the parts of my breast pump?

After each breast pump use, wash and clean your bottles and parts. Once a day, sanitize them.

How do I clean my breast pump?

The short answer is that almost everything! After each use, clean every part of the milk pump, including the breast shields, bottle lids, valves, and membranes. This will prevent the growth of bacteria and helps to avoid dry breast milk residue.

If you find any residue or condensation, do not wash the tubing.

How can I clean my breast pump parts?

You have two options for washing your breast pump parts.

  • Dishwasher: Wash all parts separately on the top rack of your dishwasher, and let them air dry in a dry area. Dishwasher use can cause discoloration in your dishwasher parts, but this will not affect their function.
  • Wash basin in the sink: Breast pump parts can be washed in the sink as long as there is a large bowl or washbasin that you keep for breastfeeding supplies. Wash all parts that have come in contact with breast milk and milk in cool water, then rinse them in warm soapy water for five minutes. Keep Quick Clean Breastmilk Removal Soap handy to simplify your daily cleaning. Use a soft brush or dishcloth to clean each piece. Rinse with water.

Our Quick Clean & Accessory Wipes are another way to clean while moving. The body of your breast pumps can be cleaned with Quick Clean wipes or a damp cloth.

You can wash your pump parts in the dishwasher, but you should also dry them on a clean towel. When not used, dry parts should be kept in a cool and clean place.

How can I clean my breast pump?

While you should wash your breast pumps and their parts after every use, you don’t need to do it as often. After washing your breast pump and its parts, we recommend that you sanitize accessories and parts once per day.

  • Boiling Method. First, remove all parts that have come into contact with breast milk or breast milk. Next, wash your hands well. Bring enough water to cover the parts into a saucepan and boil it. After the water has boiled, add the parts to the pot and let it sit for 10 minutes. Let the water cool, then gently lift out parts with tongs. After you have finished sanitizing the parts, dry them on a towel or surface to dry. When not in use, keep your pump parts clean and dry.
  • Steam Method: Follow the instructions on the Quick Clean Micro steam Bags. These bags can be used to quickly disinfect breast shields and accessories, cups, nipples, and pacifiers in just 3 minutes.

Our Quick Clean Breast Pump and Accessory Sanitizer Spray is a quick, safe, and easy way to clean your breast pump parts. It kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria with a no-rinse formula. It does not contain any harsh chemicals, fumes, or bleach. This product is not intended to replace your regular cleaning and sanitizing routines but can provide additional protection in unsanitary environments.

In our instructions manuals, you can find the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for cleaning your breast pump and more information about Medela products.

Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Ask your partner to help you clean your breast pump parts after you have finished using them.

Let’s get on with it!

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