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How to clean a breast pump
Mothers who bottle feed their babies are always concerned about keeping the feeding bottles and nipples clean and sterilised at all times. Breast feeding mothers do not have to worry about cleaning bottles and buying nipples, but mothers who use breast pumps to pump and store milk for their baby have to worry about keeping the breast pump clean.
Containers used for storing breast milk should also be kept as clean as possible. Moms should always employ safe and sanitary practices to clean breast pumps and express milk for their babies. This article gives you handy tips on cleaning your breast pump, which should be followed for your child’s safe health.
Read the instruction manual – All breast pumps come with instructions to use and clean them. Manual breast pumps are used differently as compared to electric breast pumps and do not include any tubing. They are cleaned differently, so following instructions in the manual which comes with the pump is very important. If you are facing difficulty in understanding the instructions, you should call the manufacturer and talk with their customer support staff for clarifications.
Before you clean the parts in water, you will have to disassemble the breast pump parts. Separating them ensures that each part is cleaned thoroughly and milk does not solidify in joints between the different parts. Hot water and soap should be used to clean each part, and they should be rinsed properly and left to dry. Some breast pump parts are dishwasher safe, but you should never assume that yours can be cleaned in a dishwasher as well. Always read the instructions carefully to check how you can clean your breast pump, and if your breast pump can be cleaned in a dishwasher or not.
Do not use a towel to dry the breast pump parts – Never use a towel or cloth to wipe the bottles or tubing dry. Cloth and towels can contain germs or bacteria which can contaminate the breast pump.
Cleaning breast pumps thoroughly is essential and important for your baby’s health. There are different sterilization methods also which can be used to clean your breast pump. They include the following:
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