How to Clean and Care for Your Breast Pump

If you’re breastfeeding and you need to be away from your little one for a period of time, you’re going to need a breast pump.

For a while, this small apparatus is going to be one of your most important positions. That’s why it’s crucial to understand proper and adequate breast pump care, especially if you’re renting your pump!

Breast Pump Care Basics

Read the Owners Manual

We know it sounds awful. Reading manuals is, for many people, a cure for insomnia. But this one’s important. Very important. Every pump is a bit different. The owner’s manual will give you specifics of your model. You’ll need these specifics to take adequate care of your pump.

Store Your Pump

You will want to store your pump in a warm, dry place. If you are traveling with your pump, make sure it does not get too hot. Don’t leave it sitting in the car in the sun.

Carry It Carefully

You can carry your breast pump in a bag. Just treat it carefully. Be gentle with it, like any other electronic equipment. Moving your pump around carelessly can easily cause damage. And make sure you don’t drop it! As a precaution, keep a towel handy to place your breast pump on. You will also want something to wipe the pump down when finished.

Replace Parts When Necessary

Breast pump parts do not last forever. They may need to be replaced, especially if you borrowed a pump and did not get yours new. Membranes will almost always need to be replaced. Breast, Bottle & Beyond has tips:

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Change the Batteries

Always use regular batteries and not the rechargeable kind for your breast pump. Batteries do not last long in a pump consequently be prepared to plug up or change batteries often.

Keep It Dry

In addition, you will want to make sure that the electrical part of the pump stays dry. Keep any milk from spilling on your pump. If certain portions of your pump get damp, they may not work properly.

Sanitize Your Pump Parts

Tubing and caps will not need to be sanitized. Especially relevant for sanitizing is the bottle, the diaphragm, and the flange, and the valve.  (Visual below in the video.) Some pumps may require more cleaning than others.

Cleaning and Caring for Your Breast Pump, New Mommy Media

Happy Pumping and Bonding With Your Baby! 


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