Cleaning Breastpump Parts On The Go

June 12, 2012
Cleaning Breastpump Parts On The Go

Pumping moms are always on the move. They’re scheduling pumping sessions in between meetings, play dates, errands and more. When you’re moving that quickly, there’s no guarantee you’ll be near a dishwasher or sink when it’s time to clean your pump parts. That’s why we have tips and products specifically designed to make cleaning breastpump parts easy on the go. We’ll walk you through cleaning instructions for each situation, so you’ll always be prepared.

Cleaning in the Dishwasher
Most of your Medela breastpump parts are safe for cleaning in the top rack of the dishwasher. So, if you have access to a dishwasher, this is a very simple option for cleaning your breastpump parts. The only parts that we DO NOT recommend cleaning in the dishwasher are SoftFit breastshields, the breastpump piston/cylinder pieces, rubber, SNS parts, or foam inserts. It isn’t necessary to clean tubing after each use. And remember, all Medela parts that come into contact with breastmilk are BPA-free.

Cleaning in the Sink
If you have access to soap and water, you’ll be able to easily and thoroughly clean your pump parts. Make sure all parts dry completely before storing – do not store parts if they are damp. If you don’t have time to let your parts dry completely, just make sure you let them dry thoroughly as soon as you return home

In addition to washing, you can sanitize your pump parts by using Quick Clean Micro-Steam bags. Our Quick Clean Micro-Steam bags just require water and a microwave; and they thoroughly disinfect in just 3 minutes. Once your pump parts are sanitized, the bags also function as a way to carry your pump parts home (make sure parts are dry before storing).

No microwave, no water? No problem. You can use our Quick Clean Breastpump & Accessory wipes in between pumping sessions and then clean once you get home. They allow you to quickly wipe down your pump parts while you’re traveling, working or just away from home. You may also find them handy for cleaning high chairs, tabletops, changing tables and toys while you’re out and about. Diaper bag must-have? We think so.

If you ever have questions about cleaning guidelines, you can check your instruction manual or reach out to Customer Service for help.

Moms, have you developed some tips for cleaning pump parts on the go? Share them in the comments below.

17 thoughts on “Cleaning Breastpump Parts On The Go

  1. Hi, may I know after sterilizing the breast pump parts, is it a must to dry those parts completely before assembling it and start pumping again? Because it is kind of hard to dry those parts completely as there are holes and corners which are hard to dry by wiping it. Kindly advice.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Suat,

      It should be fine to use your parts when they’re clean but not completely dry. However, it’s very important not to store wet or damp parts.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please reach out to Customer Service: 1-800-435-8316

      Thank you,

  2. Is it safe to use just the wipes and not rinse your pump parts in between sessions? Or should you always rinse with water prior to using for the next pumping session?

    • Hi Sarah,

      Yes, if you use Quick Clean Wipes, there’s no need for soap and water. But, if you use the wipes immediately before a pumping session, it’s best to either rinse your parts with water before pumping or allow them to dry for 10 minutes first.

      Does this help answer your question?


  3. Hi, I’ve read on blogs that some mums store ‘just used’ pump parts (not bottles) in ziplock bags in the fridge in-between pumping sessions. Is that hygienic?

    • Hi Belle,

      It’s always best to wash all parts that come into contact with breastmilk with soap and water or a Quick Clean Breastmilk Removal Wipe after each use. However, if you’re crunched for time or in a pinch, it should be safe to store pump parts in the fridge in a food-safe plastic bag or Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bag between pumping sessions.

      Hope this helps!

  4. Hi! I noticed some residue in the connector that is not coming clean in my dishwasher and I am unable to get to this area by hand. What can I do?

    • Hi Marjorie,

      I’m sorry that you’re having trouble with getting your parts clean. Please reach out to Customer Service, they can help you find a solution: 1-800-435-8316. Thank you.


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