Breastfeeding

Breast Pump Cleaning

Ok, I always rinse my breast pump with super hot water as soon as I use it. I also wash with soap and water every few days. I should have known better, but there was a part of the pump I was apparently not getting clean - between the plastic and the diaphragm part. It started dragging today and I took it apart thinking I needed to replace something and saw a buildup of milk gunk. And one side had a brown stain in the "head" part of the plastic/diaphragm part. Of course, I freaked, washed everything and then boiled everything.

I am so terrified that I've made my 4-mo. old sick! I feel like such a terrible mother! How would I know if I have in fact made him sick?

Re: Breast Pump Cleaning

  • Chances are, if he hasn't gotten sick already, he's fine. 

    You can keep from washing your pump after every use if you keep the parts in the fridge for up to 8 hours, and then just wash them with hot soapy water at the end of the day. Let them soak in the hot soapy water before scrubbing them. I find that makes it easier.

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  • ur not supposed to wash with soap and water after every use?
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  • image Journey33:
    ur not supposed to wash with soap and water after every use?

    Well, that the best way to keep it clean, but not everyone is able to. Keeping the parts (not the motor) in the fridge will keep from bacteria growing. You can only keep it in the fridge for so long though. After 8 hours you need to wash the parts with hot soapy water.

     

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  •  I have never rinsed my breast pump - if milk doesn't get in the tubing, which it shouldn't with routine use, you never have to clean the pump itself. You should only have to clean the plastic parts that come in contact with the milk.

     If milk got behind the plate, that means it got in the tubing.  But honestly it isn't a big deal, most likely - you would probably know if something happened to get your daughter sick.

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    ur not supposed to wash with soap and water after every use?

    You don't have to - you can store for 8 hours or so in the fridge. Saves time for pumping at work.

     

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  • Which pump do you have? I'm so confused about which part you're trying to clean. Are you talking about the removable pump parts or the pump itself? In 10 months of EPing, I never once cleaned the pump. I wouldn't even know how.
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  • I don't think she is referring to the motor part. I think she means the parts where milk flows through.
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