Alright Mama, we know you’re busy. Caring for an infant involves chores, laundry, diaper changes, feedings, and much more. Then your time becomes even more limited upon returning to work. However, to keep yourself and baby happy and healthy it’s crucial to clean your Motif breast pump after every use!
How To Clean Your Motif Breast Pump
First of all, it’s important to clean your breast pump after each use to get rid of germs and bacteria. If breast milk is left in your breast pump parts it doesn’t take long for mold and bacteria to take over. The warm small pieces are the perfect bacteria greenhouse.
Plus, the next time you pump that bacteria could contaminate your fresh milk and introduce germs to your baby. Because your baby’s immune system is still developing, this could cause them to get sick.
But with regular cleaning, you won’t have to worry. Your breast milk will be safe and sanitary for your baby to enjoy.
NOTE: You only clean the breast pump parts. Do not try to clean, microwave, or sanitize the breast pump motor.
To clean your breast pump parts:
- Thoroughly wash your hands with warm soap and water after breast pumping.
- Disassemble each breast pump part that came into contact with breastmilk, including the: valve, bottle, bottle nipple, breast shield (flange), bottle disk, and bottle cover.
- Rinse each part with cool water to remove breastmilk residue.
- Individually wash each part in the sink with soap and a soft brush or clean washcloth.
Or soak each part in warm soapy water for about five minutes and thoroughly rinse them.
Or place each part on the top rack of your dishwasher to wash them.
NOTE: Not all breast pump parts are dishwasher safe. Refer to your breast pump manual to determine if yours are dishwasher safe or not.
- Dry each part with a soft, clean towel or allow them to air dry completely on a sanitary surface before storing or reassembling your pump. Do not store any damp parts.
- Wipe the main breast pump body with a dry, clean towel after each use.
- Checking your breast pump manual to see if your items can be steamed or boiled.
- Clean your breast pump parts before sanitizing them.
- Steam them in in the microwave according to the manufacturer’s instructions. OR
- Place your breast pump parts in a pot that safe to boil and cover with water. Place a lid on the pot and turn on the heat to bring the water to a boil and leave them in the boiling water for five minutes.
- Use clean tongs to remove hot items.
- Allow the items to completely air dry.
Breast Pump Tubing
When used correctly breast pump tubing doesn’t come into contact with breast milk and doesn’t need to be cleaned. However, as we all know, things happen. That’s why you should:
- Have a spare set of tubing on hand in case it gets soiled or damaged.
- If the tubing has water droplets at the end, disconnect it from the milk kit and keep your pump running with the tubing connected until it’s dry.
- Replace your tubing if it has milk or mold in it. Clean the valves and membranes to see if they caused the leak and see if the tubing was incorrectly attached to the pump.
- Use a damp cloth or disinfectant wipe to clean the outside of the tubing.
Breast Pump Cleaning Hacks
If you don’t have time to clean your breast pump after every use or during work hours there are a few different ways to stay sanitary:
- Bring an extra milk kit to use a clean set of breast pump parts for every pumping break during the day.
- Place your breast pump parts in the fridge or a cooler with ice in between pumping sessions until you can go home and sanitize them. Keep the items in plastic bags to prevent breast milk from getting on other items.
- Use sanitary wipes or spray that are specific for cleaning breast pump parts in between uses.
- Steam your breast pump parts in the microwave.