Cleaning Breast Pump Parts On The Go

June 12, 2012
Cleaning Breast Pump 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 breast pump 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 breast pump 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 breast pump parts. The only parts that we DO NOT recommend cleaning in the dishwasher are SoftFit breast shields, the breast pump 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 breast milk 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 Breast Pump & 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.

124 thoughts on “Cleaning Breast Pump Parts On The Go

  1. I am sterilizing all the parts in an electric sterilizer after cleaning with mild soap and water, there are a few water droplets present from the sterilizer when I take them out. Can I use them without completely drying, I am not wiping them with anything.

    • Hi Parul – To get excess water out of your pump parts and tubing, shake all loose water out and then air dry them. It’s okay to use your pump parts if they’re not completely dry, but we recommend air drying them after each cleaning. We hope this helps!

  2. Do we have to rinse with water after wiping down parts with the cleaning cloths? It seems the chemicals used to sanitize your pieces in the cloth would leave a residue thats not safe for the baby to ingest, and if you don’t rinse the parts after using the cloths then they will have residue on them. Worried about this.

    • Hi Elisha – You do not need to rinse with water after using the Quick Clean Wipes but we recommend that you allow your pump parts to dry for about 10 minutes. We hope this helps!

  3. What dishwasher detergent is safe to wash parts in dishwasher?
    Why don’t you recommend washing breast shields in dishwasher?

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