Cleaning Breast Pump Parts On The Go

June 12, 2012

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 breast pump parts. That’s why we have tips and products specifically designed to make cleaning these parts easy when 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 breast pump parts are safe for cleaning on the top rack of the dishwasher. So, if you have access to a dishwasher, this is a very simple option for cleaning your breast pump parts. Remember, your tubing only needs to be washed if it’s dirty or if milk is present.

Cleaning in the Sink
If you have access to soap and water you’ll be able to easily and thoroughly clean your pump parts. If soaking, just make sure to use a basin reserved for your breast pump parts rather than in the sink itself, and make sure all parts dry completely before storing.

On-the-Go
In addition to washing, you can sanitize your pump parts by using Quick Clean Micro-Steam bags. These 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, though we don’t recommend using them for long-term storage (and make sure parts are dry before storing).

No microwave, no water? No problem. You can use our Quick Clean Breast Pump & Accessory wipes to quickly wipe down your pump parts (or high chairs, tabletops, changing tables, toys…the list goes on!) while you’re traveling, working, or just away from home. Also, for extra reassurance in *cough* not so clean environments, our safe Quick Clean Sanitizer Spray eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and germs without wiping. Diaper bag must-haves? 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.

142 thoughts on “Cleaning Breast Pump Parts On The Go

    • Hi Rachele,

      Thanks for your questions. Our customer service team will be glad to help. Please call them at 1-877-633-3522. Thanks!

  1. I think that your quick steam bags are a nightmare. I followed the directions, placed the accessories in the bag and it melted!

    • Hi, Amanda. We’re sorry to hear that! If you’d like to talk through the problem, please call our Customer Service team at 877-633-3522.

      • Thank you for the reply and the link but the blog only mentions the microwave bags and boiling as the sterilization method but not the steam sanitizer/sterilizer that is used for bottles. Please comment on this and let me know if the normal bottle sterilizer can be used for the breast pumps after cleaning. Thank you.

        • Hi, Joanna. Apologies for the confusion. We have not tested cleaning our breast pump parts in a bottle sterilizer, so we can’t speak to its effectiveness. We recommend following the cleaning instructions in your product manual for best results.

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