How Do You Clean Your Breastpump?

I don’t enjoy cleaning. It’s just not my thing. I sneeze when I dust. But when I do clean, I’d like to clean perfectly – germ-free, sparkling, squeaky clean. It used to consume a lot of time because I didn’t know how to maintain.

Cleanliness is the most important, of course, when it comes to Jack Jack’s things. I would sterile each and every one of them. I do not entrust cleaning his feeding bottles or breast pump parts to anybody. When I say anybody, that includes everybody – I may have trust issues. Probably why I can’t leave him alone with a nanny. But that’s another story.

With the breastpump, however, I changed my ways. Pumping used to make me lazy (bad!) because firstly, I don’t need to store so much. I need only a few ounces for times that I need to leave Jack Jack (with Big J or my Mom). And lastly, I need to clean and sterilize it after pumping. Bleh!

Now, before I wash my breastpump parts, I am able to have two or three pumping sessions. All I have to do is put all the parts in a container and put it in the fridge after a pumping session. When I need to pump again, I’d just retrieve the parts from the fridge, set it up and I’m expressing breastmilk again. The breastshield is a bit ticklish to the skin since it is cold, by the way.


Oh, the breastpump parts should be washed everyday – not weekly! That is just not acceptable for me anymore. I don’t think any sane mother would do that!

I’m using the Lock & Lock 2.6 L container. Fits nicely without wasting space in the fridge. It’s a bonus that it fits in my Freestyle bag, too!

This was suggested to me by another breastfeeding mom I met at a breastfeeding seminar. I have also read about this from a site but I couldn’t find it anymore (will update if I do). The logic was simple. Because it is safe to mix breastmilk expressed at different times  at the same day, the breastmilk that remained with the breastpump parts should also be safe to mix with the next expressed breastmilk.

This saves time, soap, water and electricity without affecting the nutritional value of your breastmilk.

I’ve heard other moms bought another set of breastpump parts just so they could pump at work without having to wash  and sterilize the parts everytime they pump. This could also work but it’s going to cost you more than just storing the breastpump parts into the fridge. It would also take so much space in your bag.

Another way of cleaning your breastpump parts away from home is with the Medela Quick Clean. It works like your usual baby wipes but it does the cleaning for your breastpump parts. Again, it will cost you more.

With all the current innovations in the breastfeeding world, there are still more ways to clean your breastpump without breaking a sweat but I find popping the parts back into the fridge the most economical. Also, if you’re not comfortable with this procedure, you don’t have to follow it. It is just my way of making my life easier without changing the result.

How about you? How do you clean your breastpump?

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The Lazy Mama

I'm a WAHM, Struggling Wifey, Breastfeeding Advocate and Belly Dancer. The Lazy Mama always finds the easiest and most efficient ways to do mama stuff.

  • kambingbujang

    thanks for sharing, really qood tip and help me to save time at work

    1. The Lazy Mama

      happy to hear that!

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  • Michelle

    I have been doing this. Another thing that makes me feel good about it is that I pump milk on Friday and it is still good on Monday in the fridge. If the parts were contributing to issues I would expect the milk to go bad more quickly, but it doesn’t.

    1. The Lazy Mama

      It wouldn’t go bad since the milk stored in the fridge (not the door) can go for as long as a week. So the same goes for uncleaned breastpumps. Tasting the milk before giving it to baby is my ultimate test to verify that the milk is still good.

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