Breast pump cleaning guidelines

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Breast pump cleaning guidelines

For families who use a breast pump - whether as a regular part of their routine, or even just as a tool that’s only used occasionally - knowing how to clean the pump is vitally important. Having a clean breast pump protects your baby from bacteria and ensures that she is getting the safest nutritional experience possible, which is why, in the summer of 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for making sure your breast pump cleaning routine is as effective as possible.

Breast pump cleaning basics

When using a breast pump, it’s important to be sanitary every step of the way, which means washing your hands with soap and water, checking the pump to make sure that the pump pieces aren’t moldy (and if they are, they need to be replaced immediately, without being used again), and wiping down the pump dials, power switch, and the surface the pump will be on, before you even get started.

When you’ve finished pumping, you should first disassemble the pump and wipe down the surface that the pump was on with disinfectant wipes. From there, you can rinse the parts of the pump that have come into contact with either your breast or the milk under running water. Once you have rinsed the pieces, you can then either wash them by hand or in the dishwasher.

If you’re using the dishwasher

If you’re washing by hand

After washing

It may add a few more items to your to-do list, but it’s very important to make sure to follow these steps after every time you use your breast pump.

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