Women who choose to breast pump have reported using their pump up to 12 times a day! While it might not seem like a huge deal, regular cleaning and maintenance of your breast pump is crucial for a healthy, happy life with your new baby.

Which parts should I clean?

All breast pump parts that come in contact with breast milk, including tubing, bottles, and breast shields should be cleaned after use. Don’t worry about trying to completely sterilize every single part, because it’s nearly impossible to do from home and you don’t have fully sterilize every single element of the pump to consider the parts safe or clean. Most residues can be washed away with warm water and dish soap. Some people even choose to sterilize their tubing by boiling it. If you do put any of the parts in water, make sure to allow your parts to completely air dry before using them again.

What happens if I don’t clean my pump?

Not cleaning your pump can lead to bacterial growth and viruses that can make baby sick. If you aren’t using a closed system breast pump, milk might end up getting in the tubing, which will develop mold growth. In turn, this moldy tubing will transfer germs to the breast milk you are feeding your baby, which is not recommended.

Cleaning a breast pump is easy with Medela soap.

Are there specific cleaning kits for breast pumps?

Many breast pump manufacturers have made their own cleaning kits to get the job done easier.

They are pretty inexpensive, too! The Medela Cleaning Kit comes with 5 Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags, two 24-count packs of Quick Clean Breast Pump and Accessory Wipes.

Other breast pump cleaning supplies can be found for a low price online.

Tips for cleaning breast pumps

Always check your breast pump manual for full cleaning instructions. But here are a few tips and resources to help you get started:

  • Check to see which parts of the breast pump are top-rack dishwasher safe. Parts that are not should be hand washed in hot soapy water
  • You don’t necessarily have to clean tubing unless it comes in contact with breast milk
  • Avoid using cloth towels to dry pump parts; they can carry bacteria that are harmful to your breast milk and your baby
  • Look for pump part safe microwave sterilizers; they sanitize enough for processing between uses for a single user

If you want to clean the inner units of your breast pump, simply wipe the motor and inner elements down with a clean paper towel or soft cloth after each use. Some manufacturers make wipes specifically for cleaning breast pumps, which can be convenient when you’re away from home.

Go BPA free

Also, remember the importance of using BPA-free products! All breast pumps from Aeroflow Breastpumps are guaranteed to be BPA free for the health of your child. Ensuring that your bottles and pump components are BPA-free is an important step, as Bispenol A is a chemical that has been associated with adverse health issues in children. It is best to make sure that no products coming in contact with your newborn contain BPA.