Sweaty Mommy Survival Guide Health News: CDC Updates Breast Pump Cleaning Guidelines

Sweaty Mommy Survival Guide Health News: CDC Updates Breast Pump Cleaning Guidelines

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released new guidelines for cleaning breast pump parts that is important for moms to know about! Parents Magazine reports that the new guidelines were issued after an infant contracted a nasty infection from pump parts that were not sanitized properly. 

We know there enough that moms have on their to-do list, but the CDC recommends that cleaning pump parts soon after every use is the best way to decrease chances of spreading harmful bacteria. You can read the full Parents Magazine article here. Here's a snapshot of the new cleaning guidelines from the CDC. You can see the entire CDC bulletin here

Clean by hand.

  1. Use a wash basin. Place pump parts in a clean wash basin used only for washing infant feeding equipment. Do not place pump parts directly in the sink, because germs in sinks or drains could contaminate the pump.
  2. Add soap and water. Fill wash basin with hot water and add soap.
  3. Scrub. Scrub items using a clean brush that is used only to clean infant feeding items.
  4. Rinse. Rinse by holding items under running water, or by submerging in fresh water in a separate basin that is used only for cleaning infant feeding items.
  5. Dry. Allow to air-dry thoroughly. Place pump parts, wash basin, and bottle brush on a clean, unused dish towel or paper towel in an area protected from dirt and dust. Do not use a dish towel to rub or pat items dry because doing so may transfer germs to the items.

 Clean in dishwasher (if recommended by pump kit manufacturer).

  1. Wash. Place disassembled pump parts in dishwasher. Be sure to place small items into a closed-top basket or mesh laundry bag so they don’t end up in the dishwasher filter. If possible, run the dishwasher using hot water and a heated drying cycle (or sanitizing setting); this can help kill more germs.
  2. Remove from dishwasher.Wash your hands with soap and water before removing and storing cleaned items. If items are not completely dry, place items on a clean, unused dish towel or paper towel to air-dry thoroughly before storing. Do not use a dish towel to rub or pat items dry because doing so may transfer germs to the items.

Clean wash basin and bottle brush. If you use a wash basin or bottle brush when cleaning your pump parts, rinse them well and allow them to air-dry after each use. Consider washing them every few days, either in a dishwasher with hot water and a heated drying cycle if they are dishwasher-safe, or by hand with soap and warm water.(Centers for Disease Control, 2017)

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