Patient and Family Education
Breast Pump Hygiene For Lactating Mothers Pumping with clean hands and clean pumping equipment keeps your breastmilk free from bacteria, so it keeps your baby safe.
Before you pump 1. Wash your hands with warm soapy water before pumping. 2. Make sure your pump supplies are clean and reasonably dry. 3. If you are using a shared pump in a mother’s pumping room, put on gloves and wipe the pump and the surfaces nearby with disinfectant wipes provided by the hospital. If you are using a pump that is just for your use in your baby’s room, you can do this as needed.
After you pump 1. Wash all of the pump parts. 2. If you are using a shared pump in a mother’s pumping room, put on gloves and wipe the pump and the surfaces nearby with disinfectant wipes provided by the hospital. 3. Use the sanitizing bags to sterilize the pump parts every 24 hours. How do I wash the pump parts? 1. Take the pump parts apart and put them in the washbasin provided, rather than directly in the sink. 2. Wash only the parts that touch your milk. Do not wash the tubes. 3. Fill the basin with hot, soapy water and wash. 4. Rinse with cold water. 5. If the valves touched your milk, take them apart and wash them gently with warm water. 6. Allow the parts to air-dry in the basin. Store the pump parts away from the sink after they are clean. 7. Every 24 hours, sanitize the clean pump parts in the sanitizing bag. How do I use the sanitizing bag? 1. Gather all of your clean pump parts. 2. You can add in some 80ml Snappie bottles for the next day’s pumping if needed because they come clean, but not sterile. 3. Pour 2 ounces of water into the bag. 4. Put your pump parts or bottle parts into the bag. 5. Seal the bag tightly. 6. Put the bag in the microwave. 1 of 2
Breast Pump Hygiene
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7. Microwave for the desired time based on how powerful the microwave is: Watts
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8. Carefully open the bag and let it cool. 9. Take the parts out and let them dry in the basin. How many times can I use the sanitizing bag? You can use the bag up to 20 times. Ask your baby’s nurse if you need a new sanitizing bag.
What if my baby is in isolation? You will follow the same instructions as above, with 2 differences: • You will not be able to pump in a shared pump room, so your nurse will bring you a pump for use in your baby’s room. • You will not be able to use a shared microwave for sanitizing the pump parts. Once a day, ask your nurse to sanitize the parts by putting the bag in the microwave for you.
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