Women who choose to use a breastpump may be pumping up to 12 times a day! It’s an important piece of equipment for the health of mom and baby. And just as important as choosing the right pump and using it correctly is keeping it clean.
All breast pump parts that come in contact with breast milk, including tubing, bottles, and breast shields should be cleaned after use. Don’t worry about trying to completely sterilize parts because it’s nearly impossible to do from home. However, you don’t have fully sterilize to consider parts safe or clean. Most germs can be washed away with just warm water and dish soap.
Always check your breastpump manual for full cleaning instructions. But here are a few tips and resources to help you get started:
- Check to see which parts of the breast pump are top-rack dishwasher safe. Parts that are not should be hand washed in hot soapy water.
- You don’t necessarily have to clean tubing unless it comes in contact with breast milk.
- Avoid using cloth towels to dry pump parts; they can carry bacteria that are harmful to your breast milk and your baby
- Look for pump part safe microwave sterilizers; they sanitize enough for processing between uses for a single user
If you want to clean the electrical units of your breastpump, simply wipe down with a clean paper towel or soft cloth after each use. Some manufacturers make wipes specifically for cleaning breast pumps, something that can be convenient when you’re away from home.
Also, remember the importance of using BPA free products and remember to check packaging for proper cleaning techniques. All breast pumps from Aeroflow are guaranteed to be BPA free for the health of your child.
For a variety of breastpump choices, see our pumps and accessories, including sanitizing products, on the Aeroflow Store and our Pinterest Accessories board.