How to Clean Your Breast Pump
Keeping your breast pump clean can feel tedious when you’re a busy parent, but luckily, there are ways to cut down on time spent cleaning!
When & Why You Need to Clean Your Pump
Breast milk straight from the teat is naturally sterile, but once it is in the world it can be exposed to contaminates. Milk contamination should be a concern for a mother because it puts babies at risk for serious illness. This is why it is recommended to clean your pump after every use.
How to Wash
Any parts that come in contact with your milk such as bottles, valves, flanges and inserts need to be washed. If you are using an Ameda pump, the tubes do not need to be washed as they do not touch your milk. Always consult the instruction manual of your pump to check which parts need to be washed.
Use soapy warm water to clean parts. You can place flanges and bottles in the dishwasher, but avoid putting silicon diaphragms and white valves in the dishwasher.
New tubes can cost a lot of extra money and a protection barrier keeps them from needing to be replaced.
Why You Should Get A Closed System Pump
The easiest way to cut down on time spent cleaning is to get a closed system pump. Closed system pumps do not require you to clean their tubing after every use because they have a barrier to protect your milk against bacteria, viruses and mold that can grow in moist tubing and breast pumps.
Not only will you save on cleaning, but you will never have to replace your tubes! New tubes can cost a lot of extra money and a protection barrier keeps them from needing to be replaced.
We highly recommend the Ameda Finesse and the Ameda Ultra closed system pumps. Not only do these pumps have tons of customization options, Ameda pumps contain the only FDA-cleared viral and bacterial protection barrier, making these the best pumps to prevent milk contamination.
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