Here are some tips on how often you should wash breast pump parts:
- For anything that comes in contact with breast milk (flange, flange insert, connector, duckbill, valve and membrane, reusable bags or bottles), if you can immediately wash - do so using warm, soapy water and a bottle brush to clean each part thoroughly. If you cannot wash your parts immediately, rinse them in water to remove milk residue, set them aside to wash later, and use the process mentioned above. Allow parts to air dry completely before using again (This is because parts may not work effectively when wet). *This is a good opportunity to check your parts for tears or cracks to see if you need to replace them.
- For sterilizing parts, refer to the manufacturer's guidelines; high heat sterilization can cause parts to warp and not work as effectively.
- If you notice your tubing or breast pump looking dirty, you can wipe gently with a slightly damp cloth to clean them.