Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Cleaning Breast Pump

A common question in regards to breast pumps:

Question: In regards to cleaning the breast pump....what is the best way to do this? I have a microwave sterilizer for the bottles I have; can this be used for the parts of the breast pump that need cleaned too?

Answer: everything that comes into contact with breast milk must be cleaned. Wash first using hot soapy water and a brush. Then sterilize.

Medela don’t manufacture their own brand of sterilizer, but they do have microwave sterization bags which work the same was as a sterilizer would anyway. Alot of mothers use other brands of microwave sterilisers and dont seem to have a problem. You could also sterilize by using a saucepan, all the items need to be submerged in boiling water for 5 minutes. You could also sterilize using Cold Sterilisation tablets, such as Miltons.

Question: Also how much milk should I be expressing/reheating at one time for one feed?
Baby age of about 3 weeks, you should offer about 100mLs for a feed. Baby might not drink it all, but offer 100mL and see how they go. For more volume-age guidelines use this link:

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