Do you know that after your pump your milk, germs can grow quickly in breast milk residue that still remains on your pump parts? Effective cleaning and sanitization of your breast pump parts play important roles in protecting your child against germs and bacteria. Read further to learn about the expert opinion on how to clean and sanitize your breast pump parts.
Basically, there are 3 golden rules:
Rule 1: Cleaning
At your last pumping session, ensure to clean your breast pump parts that directly get into contact with your milk. The following is washable breast pump parts:
- Pump flange
- Pump bottle
- silicone backflow (internal system)
- Pump shield
- Silicone petal massage
- cup (handsfree type)
- funnel (handsfree type)
- inserts (Any kind of insert)
Step 1: Take apart everything.
Take apart any parts that get into contact with your breast milk including pump’s flange, shield, valves, bottles, wide-neck adapter (if any), and etc. (Refer list on top)
Step 2: Quick rinse under running water.
Once dissemble every part, rinse them under running tap water to remove any milk residues
Step 3: Soak in soapy lukewarm water.
Soak rinsed parts inside soapy water filled in separate basin intended for infant feeding equipment only. Do not soak directly in your home’s kitchen sink, because it is full of harmful germs that can contaminate your pump parts.
Step 4: Scrub.
Scrub using clean sponge used only for baby feeding equipment. Choose whichever sponge type that suits your pump parts or according to the pump manufacturer’s recommended sponge. For handsfree type, I recommend using the normal square sponge because all parts are reachable. Unlike a conventional breast pump flange with a narrow funnel, it is almost impossible to wash without the bottle cleansing sponge.
Step 5: Final Rinse.
The final cleaning step is rinsing by holding parts under running water. Another option is by submerging the pump parts in a bowl of clean water. As usual, use bowl intended for infant feeding equipment only.
- Silicone tubing does not get into contact with your milk, thus no cleaning is required.
- For working mothers, you don’t have to wash all your pump parts after each use. Store in a sealable bag inside a refrigerator in between pumping time.
- Only use designated baby bottle Cleansing Liquid.
Rule 2: Sanitize
If your child is less than 3 months old or born prematurely, you should sanitise all your breast pump parts at least once a day. Baby age 3 months and below still have a weak immune system therefore sanitising your pump parts daily, can protect them from any possible infection caused by milk contamination. For babies older than 3 months, daily sanitisation may be unnecessary if all pump parts have been cleaned thoroughly immediately after each usage.
There are 2 sanitisation methods available:
- Boiling method
- Steam or sterilization method
Step 1: Put dissemble parts (safe to boil only), in a pot of water.
Step 2: Put to pot over heat and bring to a boil.
Step 3: Boil for 5 minutes.
Step 4: Safely remove using tong. (Do not touch using bare hands)
Step 5: Air dry overnight in dirt and dust-free area.
Steam or Sterilization Method
Step 1: Put dissemble parts inside sterilizer.
Step 2: Insert water according to the manufacturer’s guideline.
Step 3: Close the lid
Step 4: Push the start button and wait until complete sterilising cycle.
Step 5: Once finished, remove using tong.
Step 6: Air dry your pump parts in the dirt and dust-free area.
- Never sanitise before a thorough cleaning.
- Do not rub or wipe using a kitchen towel or any fabric as it may transfer germs to your pump parts.
- Avoid touching your pump parts with uncleaned hands.
- For busy working mothers, do invest in Sterilizer that comes with drying function. This would make your life so much easier!
Rule 3: Store Cleaned Pump Parts
Allow all your pump parts dry completely before you store them. This is to avoid germs and mold from growing. Once completely dry, all pump parts should be kept inside a safe, clean, and protected compartment to avoid any contamination before the next usage.
Step 1: Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap
Step 2: Dry your hand using clean tissue.
Step 3: Reassemble all pump parts.
Step 4: Keep inside a clean, dry, and closed compartments. Next, you’re done!
- You may use a sealable zipper bag to store your pump parts.
You can now clean and sanitize your breast pump parts like a pro! Remember, these essential steps are not only for your breast pumps parts, but also applicable to your breast milk storage bottle, baby bottle, and bottle cleaning sponge. If you love this article, as usual hit the like button and share to your fellow breast pumping pals.