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How To Clean Breast Pump Tubing: 9 Easy Steps!

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The must chore of the day is cleaning breast pump tubing that protects your newborn intake germs with breast milk. You will need a breast pump well sanitized and rinsed with or without breastfeeding because cleaning prevents the tubing from all kinds of mold, fungi, and bacteria.

Cleaning the breast pump parts does seem like a lengthy chore but it doesn’t require much effort at our hand, just a little soaking, rinsing, and sanitizing drying.

It is important how to keep your breast pump kit clean and sterilize. It is a straightforward process. Just wash your breast pump parts and the tubing after every feeding and fix them every 24 hours.

Why is it necessary to clean your breast pump equipment is a must for a baby’s health concern? Residue milk or residue water can lead to molding and bacterial infections, which can cause germs and may affect your baby’s health.

Thus cleaning breast pump tubing is an important task to ensure your baby is consuming healthy milk and staying healthy.

9 Steps To Clean Breast Pump Tubing

Your breast pump’s tube connects the machine with your pumping bottle to extract milk. You can easily detach the tubing from the pump machine and the pumping bottle for fast cleaning.

Follow these nine easy and quick steps to clean the breast pump tube:

  1. Remove the tubing from the pumping bottle: Very first, turn off your breast pump and unplug it. Now disconnect the tubing from the shield and turn on the pumping machine to flush out the remaining liquid for better cleaning. 
  • Once you complete breast pumping, eradicate the tube from the pump and keep it separately. Place your tubing below running water and let it get rid of all the milk present inside. Flip the tube and let the other end get cleaned.
  • After that, place the tube in your sink or basin. Fill the sink with warm water and soap, and soak the tubing for 2-3 minutes.
  • After soaking your tubing in the water, rinse it with warm water. Ensure you are holding the opening of your tube right under the water and flip it often while rinsing so that both the doors are washed and rinsed.
  • You can sterilize your pump after wash, or you can air dry it. Remember, you don’t need to fix your breast pump every time you wash or use your pump. Sterilize once every 24 hours.
  • If you choose to air dry, hang both the tube ends for the air to enter and water to leave.

Your pump tube is ready to be used or stored with the other parts.

How To Sterilize Your Pump Tube Properly?

  • After sterilization, you freshly wash and rinse your tube. To sterilize your breast pump and tubing, boil water and let the tube float in the boiling water. Let it stay in the water for 4-5 minutes. Don’t add soap for sterilization.
  • Once you complete cleaning, put the tube in cold water and then let it air dry, as explained above.

Cleaning And Sterilizing Breast Pumping Parts And Accessories

When to clean these breast pump parts, how to clean the pump, and where to clean them? A few questions and answers round to subside our doubts concerning breast pump and its cleaning.

 How Do I get Started?

 Dismantle your breast pump parts with the help of your breast pump manual. If you are unsure, you can call your pump company. After that, follow the exact cleaning procedure mentioned above. Before you start to clean, make sure that your hands are properly cleaned and disinfected.

 Do I Need To Clean My Breast Pump Parts Before The First Use?

 Yes, it is best to rinse, wash, and sterilize your breast pump parts before using them for the first time. Boil water, let it cool a bit, and place all the plastic parts like flanges, membranes, and bottles into the water. After cleaning breast pump parts in water let them dry.

 How Often Should I Clean My Breast Pump

As discussed above, make sure you rinse and wash your pump parts after every single use and sterilize it once every 24 hours. Read here the best tips for pumping milk and what mistakes should be avoided while pumping breasts milk.

What Breast Pump Parts Do I clean?

Everything that touches the water and the milk in your breast pump accessories will need a thorough cleaning. That is, almost every part of your breast pump needs a deep cleaning. Let it be bottle lids, pumping bottles, tubing, breast shields, valves, membrane, connectors, etc.

How Do You Clean Tubing in a Medela Pump or Medela Symphony?

First turn off the pump and unplug it from power source. Remove the tubing from the pump and flange. Now wash the tubing in warm and soap water, and rinse till all soap removed from the tubing. Then hang the tubing to air dry.

You can either air dry it or use the pumping machine to get rid of the water. To dry your tubing, hang it in a drying rack and let the water drip away. This process is lengthy and time-consuming.

How to Dry Tubing In a Medela Pump?

You can try drying your tubing with the pump machine. Attach your tube with the device and leave the other end loose. Turn on the pump and let the air pass through the tubing. Keep the motor on for 5 minutes max to blow dry it.

  • Remove the flanges, leave the tubing attached to the Medela Pump.
  • Allow the motor to run for few minutes, and it removes all the condensation.
  • If still there is any condensation remains, then remove the tubing and twirl it. 

Allowing the motor to run for a few minutes would help to remove all the condensation from the breast pump tubing. The best idea is to have an extra tubing on hand; it helps uninterrupted breast milk storage.

If this process is not fit for you, I’ll consider a few more steps to follow. Because I used different pumps like Medela Breast PumpSpectra S1, and S2, while exclusive breast pumping and finding the cleaning process is different from others.

 How to Clean Medela Sonata Tubing?

Below are the steps to clean Medela Sonata Tubing:

  • Turn off the pump and unplug from an electric source
  • Remove flanges and pump from tubing
  • Keep the tubing in the warm soapy water and rinse well to remove all the soap
  • After that, hang the tubing to air dry

You can apply the same process for cleaning tubing the Medela Symphony pump and in the Medela Pump in Style Advance pump.

If you don’t get much time because of your little monster who always keeps you awake (parents may make these baby sleep mistakes and ruin their baby’s sleep), the good idea is to replace Medela Freestyle tubing.

How to Clean and Dry Tubing in Spectra Pump, Spectra S1, Spectra S2, or Spectra S9?

If you don’t want to waste your time cleaning tubing in Spectras’, then the best way is to replace it. Flexible Airline Tubing tubing is the substitute for replacement tubing in Spectra S2 and Spectra S9. It fits well and even is so inexpensive.

Another excellent replacement is Aquarium Tubing that fits great the Spectra Pump with a backflow protector; You can cut it to a length as you think comfortable. It comes with 25 feet and sufficient for a several-time replacement. It’s inexpensive, and you can grab it on Amazon quickly!

Can I use Boiling Water To Clean Breast Pump Tubing?

No, You can’t. It is not good to clean breast pump tubing in boiling water because your breast pump tubing may melt in it. You can follow the instructions that come with breast pump and clean accordingly.

How Do I Remove Mold-Yuck From Breast Pump Tubing?

If you notice any mold or yuck in the breast pump tubing, you must replace it immediately. If you use the moldy tube, you can transfer germs into the breast milk. You can change or replace it with a new one as Medela pumps always needed replacement in a few weeks.

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