New mothers who are maintaining a nursing and pumping schedule with the assistance of a breastfeeding pump must ensure their equipment is always clean and stored properly. Not only is this important for ensuring the pump remains functional for as long as it's needed, but it also preserves the efficiency of the pump and prevents you from needing replacements sooner than expected. The Breast Pump Store is your go-to online resource for finding electric breast pumps that are covered by your insurance and for tips on how to maintain them! Follow our guide below to keep your pump sanitized and in good working condition:
Clean Your Pump After Each Use
No matter which style or brand you choose, it is important to clean your breastfeeding pump after each use. Breast milk can be a food source for bacteria and can cause infections if it is not cleaned properly. Our team at The Breast Pump Store recommends that during the cleaning process, you disassemble all parts that come into contact with the milk. Rinse all these parts with warm water and mild soap. It’s also possible for you to use a pump cleaning solution, if you prefer, but be sure to rinse all parts thoroughly with water afterward. Allow everything to air dry before reassembling your pump and storing it for later.
Store The Pump In A Clean, Dry Place
Speaking of storage, it’s important to make sure that when your electric breast pump is not in use, it is stored in a place that won’t cause any damage. To keep your nursing and pumping schedule undisrupted, ensure all the parts of your pump are clean and fully try before re-assembling. From there, store the pump itself in a zip-top bag or another container that will keep away any dust, dirt, or debris that can accumulate and compromise the sanitization of the pump.
Sterilize Before You Use Your Pump Next
Whenever it is time to use your The Breast Pump Store electric breast pump again, it’s important to not go straight into using it to gather milk for your child. Always sterilize your pump and each of its parts before using it to ensure there is no chance for bacteria or other pollutants to come into contact with the milk itself.
Maintain Your Breastfeeding Pump With The Breast Pump Store
By following the steps above, you can help protect the health and safety of your child! Review even more resources from The Breast Pump Store to learn more about how you can keep your breastfeeding pump clean and in good working condition and how you can find the right model for you!