Did you know that breast pumps should be cleaned and cared for just like the rest of your baby gear? Breast milk can contain bacteria, viruses, or other harmful substances which means that if those germs aren't getting washed away they could end up in your baby's mouth and cause serious health problems. This blog post will teach you how to clean and care for your breast pump so it is ready for use! It is Important to follow manufacturer instructions for cleaning and care. Some breast pumps require specific cleaning methods, so it's important you follow the manufacturer instructions carefully. If your pump doesn't have any special requirements this blog post will go over all of the best practices!
Cleaning Your Breast Pump In The DishwasherIf you don't have time to wash your breast pump by hand, it's okay as there are many parts that can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Before putting any part of a breast pump into the dishwasher make sure any residue is completely rinsed away and then put them in the top rack! If you aren't comfortable with using the dishwasher, or the manufacturer says to hand wash some or all of the parts of your breast pump, check out the hand-washing directions below.
Cleaning Your Breast Pump By HandWhen cleaning a breast pump by hand, you'll want to make sure that you are using hot water and soap. Follow the manufacturer's directions on how to clean individual parts. If you are using a brush or sponge to clean the parts of a breast pump, do not use it for anything else. Rinse thoroughly with hot water and allow the parts to air dry.
Storing Your Breast PumpIt's important to store your breast pump in a clean and safe place, because bacteria can grow inside of it if it is not stored correctly! Keep the parts together and make sure there is nothing covering them that could cause damage. You'll also want to make sure that you keep the breast pump out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.
Replacing PartsCaring for your breast pump means more than just cleaning it. Because these are mechanical devices, certain components can break down over time. When it is time to replace them, make sure to follow the directions that come with the pump. The manufacturer will provide you with information about how to order new parts and how long they should last.
Hopefully this blog post has taught you how to clean and care for your breast pump! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. The team at The Breast Pump Store is happy to help!