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CDC Breast Pump Cleaning Guidelines

by | March 26, 2019

Any new mom can tell you that pumping breast milk is one of the most labor-intensive pains in the boob ever. For some women, they spend an extortionate amount of time and effort to procure mere ounces of liquid gold for their precious baby. Breast pump seem to have a bazillion parts that all need to be hooked up like a puzzle. As many of us already know, cleaning these parts is extremely important for keeping your breast milk sanitary, but are you doing it correctly?

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CDC Breast Pump Cleaning Guidelines

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, not cleaning your breast pumps and its parts correctly can have dire consequences. An incident where a premature baby contracted a rare and severe infection that led to brain damage, cerebral palsy, and developmental delays from cronobacter sakazakii, a bacteria suspected to have grown in the pump parts the child’s mother was using, prompted the CDC to investigate what guidelines, if any, were out there in regards to washing pump parts.

The CDC found that the information was lacking and they have since come out with their own breast pump cleaning guidelines.

  • Make sure that you always wash your hands before using your pump, and use disinfectant wipes to clean the outside of it.
  • After each use, take apart the pump parts and rinse them under running water. Do not put them directly in the sink.
  • Clean your pump parts as soon as possible with hot, soapy water in a wash basin and brush used exclusively for cleaning pump parts, or in the dishwasher.
  • Rinse in fresh water, not in the same basin, use a fresh one.
  • Air dry on a paper towel or a clean dish towel in an area protected from dirt and dust, but don’t rub the parts with the towel as this could spread germs.
  • Rinse your basin and brush, and leave them to air dry.
  • If you use the dishwasher, make sure you use a hot water, and heated drying cycle or a sanitize cycle.
  • Always wash your hands before taking out the pump arts, and allow them to air dry.
  • Store pump parts in a clean, sanitized, and protected area only after they have dried completely.

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