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.

116 thoughts on “Cleaning Breastpump Parts On The Go

  1. Is it okay to only use the Micro steam bags for cleaning in the evening after work and that will be effective for sanitary cleaning?

    • Hi Beth – We recommend using your Micro Steam bags in addition to cleaning your pump parts daily. Micro Steam bags are best for on-the-go cleaning.

  2. Is it safe to UV Sterilize the Medela Freestyle breast pump bottle Head(the yellow rubber one in the middle)?
    Cause i always separate it from all the other parts during UV sterilizing.

    • Hi John – We recommend only cleaning your pump parts in warm, soapy water, or placing them on the top rack of your dishwasher. We have not tested our pump parts with UV sterilization.

  3. Is it ok to place breast pump pieces (shield, etc) in refrigerator up to 4 hours between feedings to avoid cleaning after each use

  4. I have noticed a residue building up on my pump parts after boiling for 10mins. I have washed all parts with soap and water and rinsed with warm water afterwards prior to boiling. Is this normal?

    • Hi Jessica – Our customer service team would be happy to help figure out what’s causing this, please call 1-877-633-3522. Hope you’re having a great day!

  5. Is it ok to only wash parts in hot soapy water between use at work and use the Micro Steam bags at night. Or should the Micro Steam bags be used after each pumping/ washing with hot water session?

    • HI Tanya – You can either wash your pump parts or use the micro steam bags, there’s no need to use both after each pumping session. We hope this helps!

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