No matter what model of electric breast pump you’re using, you can’t avoid cleaning afterward. In order to use it again you’ll have to properly clean it before storing it, right? To do this, you’ll have to completely sterilize it and there’s only one method that’s acceptable.
If you didn’t have much experience with using an electric breast pump, you’ll find it difficult at first. But luckily you’re here, so your dilemma regarding proper cleaning method will be solved in an instant.
Disassemble the Pump
Before you can start cleaning your electric pump, you’ll need to disassemble it part by part. So where to start? Start by unplugging the vacuum tubes. They are used for air suction so no need to clean them later. Simply store them on the side. Proceed by removing the AC adapter and battery.
Afterwards, simply detach manual diaphragm, breast shield, silicon cushions and bottle kits. All of these parts are easy to dismantle as one counter-clockwise turn will loosen individual parts. Continue dismantling the rest of the parts using the same method.
Clean With Clean Cloth
Before you can sanitize it you’ll need to clean it with a clean cloth. Use warm water and clean each part individually. This will prepare the electric breast pump for sanitization. The important thing is to remove excess breast milk smudges. Now you can store it on the side and prepare for the next step.
The best way to sanitize your breastfeeding equipment is to place it in boiling water. Pour water in a steamer or pot, and set the heater to maximum. You’re looking for the perfect temperature for sanitizing the equipment. The minimum water temperature for this process should be around 176 ° F. This way you’ll destroy most of the bacteria present on the surface of any breast pump part. If you want to make sure that you’ve done everything you can to sanitize your equipment, increase the boiling temperature. Be sure not to excess 212 ° F while boiling the water for sanitization.
After you’ve sanitized your breastfeeding equipment it’s crucial that you air dry it. Simply place it somewhere to hang, and let it air dry. The alternative to air drying it would be to use a dry cloth. Although this method is a faster way to dry your breast pump, you’ll leave small pieces of cloth all over your equipment and you wouldn’t want that would you?
Ready for Use
Now that your equipment is sparkling clean, free of bacteria, and dry, it’s ready for use. Once again be sure to assemble the parts correctly, and memorize where each part goes. If you aren’t too good at memorizing you can always check the manual.
However, you proceed with cleaning your equipment be sure to follow the above-mentioned steps. It’s not the fastest method of cleaning, but if your infant’s health is important it’s advisable to sanitize and clean it properly to prevent bacteria to multiply and spread. If you have further inquiries take a look at this example of sanitizing as well.