All You Need to Know about Breast Pump Safety April 01, 2015 08:42

Purchasing a Medela breast pump in Seattle is a great buy for you and your baby. It will allow you to continue feeding your little while working or simply while out for a night on the town. More important than choosing a breast pump is the way you care for yourself and your pump. If maintained correctly, it can last a long time and protect your milk from viruses and bacteria.

Never Share Your Pump

Never share or borrow someone else’s breast pump. While it might seem safe and completely sanitary, breast milk can carry viruses that are easily transmitted. If the other person has not cared for their pump correctly, these bacteria or viruses can be passed along to you or make its way into your milk, affecting your precious baby.

The only exception is professional-grade or hospital pumps. These types of pumps are designed to keep to keep milk droplets from contaminating other parts of the pump, making it easy to sterilize and for others to use.

Use the Correct Size of Shields

When using your pump, make sure that you choose the right size of shields. Otherwise your nipples may end up rubbing or chafing against the side of the chamber. This can cause soreness and irritation in your breast.

Clean Your Pump Often

Make sure to clean your pump after every use. If you are not going to be using it again within the next couple of hours, take the time to wash it in warm, soapy water. Take all of the nonelectric pieces apart and sanitize them. If your set did not come with a brush, a bottle brush can be used to help you reach difficult areas of the pump.

Be sure to remove any milk residue before using the pump again. Dried milk can contain bacteria. Make sure your pump is completely clean before using it again. It’s also important to make sure all of the pieces and especially the tubes are completely dry before each use.

Don’t Leave Your Milk Unsealed

After pumping, seal your breast milk in a container or bag. Stored at room temperature, your milk will stay good for up to 8 hours. In the fridge, it will remain usable for 5 days. If you choose to freeze your milk, it can stay good for 3-6 months. Whatever you decide to do, it’s important to seal your milk in a container directly after pumping. This will ensure that no contaminants or bacteria make their way into your milk.

If you have questions regarding your Medela breast pump, call OurPerfectBaby.com. We would love to assist you!