Sterilization of the breast pump
When you have no opportunity to breastfeed your baby, expressed breast milk will be the best food for him. To keep it safe, it is important to know how to properly clean and sterilize the details of the breast pump. With proper cleaning and sterilization of the breast pump, milk can be stored safely in the refrigerator for up to five days, and in the freezer for up to nine months. For more information, see our guidelines for storing, freezing and thawing breast milk.
All parts of the breast pump in contact with breast and milk,
must be absolutely clean and dry (more details below). But this applies not only to the breast pump: you also need to follow certain hygiene rules. Before decanting, always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (at least 20 seconds), rinse with clean water and dry them with a clean towel. Breast should be washed only if you use cosmetics that are incompatible with breastfeeding. 1 If in doubt, read the instructions on the package. Many lanolin-based nipple products can not be washed off before pumping.
Recommendations for cleaning the breast pump after use
After decanting, wash and thoroughly dry all parts in contact with breast or milk, including bottles, valves, and funnels, to prepare them for the next use.
First rinse all parts with potable water at about 20 ° C to remove any milk protein residues.
Then wash them with warm water at about 30 ° C using a detergent.
Rinse again with potable water for 15–20 seconds.
The parts of the breast pump can also be washed in a dishwasher using ordinary detergent by placing them on the top shelf. Small parts can be placed in the cutlery compartment. The top of the bottles, funnels and nipple should be pointing down.
Dry all parts of the breast pump dry with a clean cloth or leave to dry on a clean kitchen towel.
Be sure to read the instructions for the breast pump – it may contain special cleaning instructions.
How to sterilize a breast pump
At least once a day, sterilize the details of the breast pump after cleaning. In addition, you need to sterilize the breast pump before first use, as well as after a long break in use.
Sterilization involves thorough cleaning of germs and bacteria. Strictly speaking, what is called sterilization of baby care accessories is not a sterilization in the scientific sense of the word, and all kinds of products that are advertised as sterilization products do not completely destroy bacteria and germs. It is not possible to completely sterilize equipment at home, even by boiling, as the home environment is not sterile. Nevertheless, what is meant by sterilization in the household sense of the word ensures the complete safety of the breast pump and milk for you and your baby.
All breast pumps have their own characteristics, therefore, during sterilization, it is necessary to follow the recommendations of a particular manufacturer, but most often the following methods are used:
Boiling. Place the details of the breast pump in a large pan and pour so much water that it completely covers them. Bring water to a boil and boil for at least 5 minutes. All parts must be completely under water.
Microwave processing. Place the parts of the breast pump in the sterilizer or microwave sterilization bag and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Steam treatment. Place accessories in an electric steam sterilizer. The top of the bottles, funnels and nipple should be pointing down.
Processing with sterilizing liquid or capsules. Some mothers prefer to use a solution for sterilization in cold water. All parts must be completely immersed in the solution for at least 30 minutes, while no air bubbles should remain inside. The solution can be stored for no more than a day. You can also use a spray for sterilization.
Dry all accessories thoroughly before use.
With clean hands or forceps, remove the pump parts from the pan, sterilizer or sterilization bag. You can get burned, so be careful!
Shake off the remaining water and wipe dry all objects with a clean cloth or set to dry.
Place all items on a sterilized surface or in a sterilized storage container.
Cleaning the breast pump after use and thorough sterilization at least once a day guarantee the safety of breast milk for your baby during storage.