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.

60 thoughts on “Cleaning Breastpump Parts On The Go

  1. I’ve just returned to work and am using the quick wipes after pumping sessions. At the end of the day, after I wipe the parts, can I then place in microwaveable sterilizer bag or do I need to wash with soap and water first? Thanks!

    • Hi Amanda,

      You can use Quick Clean Wipes in place of soap and water, so it’s perfectly fine to place your parts in a microwaveable sterilizer bag (without washing with soap and water first). Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please call Customer Service at 1-800-435-8316. Thank you.

    • Hi Melanie,

      There’s no need to wash or sanitize your tubing before you use it for the first time. Your tubing shouldn’t come into contact with breast milk, but if you do notice moisture need to clean your tubing, you can find instructions in your pump’s instruction manual or in our FAQ here:

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to call Customer Service at 1-800-435-8316, they’d be happy to help.

  2. Hi I have been washing my pump parts in just hot water. I let them sit in hot flowing water for 2mins after each use then I let them fully dry before I use it again. Is that okay and is all the milk that I have pumped and froze still good?

    • Hi Brittany,

      Yes, that’s ok and the milk you have pumped and frozen is still good. We do recommend using soap and water to clean your pump parts after each use, and if you have any questions about how to clean your parts, please reference your pump’s instruction manual or our FAQ here: You can also get in touch with our Customer Service team at 1-800-435-8316 if you have any other questions. Hope this helps!

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