Read our essential guide to cleaning and sanitising breast pump equipment to ensure your expressed breast milk is safe for your baby. Learning when and how to clean and sanitise breast pump parts between uses is vital to ensure your milk is safe to drink. The good news is, if you master the basics of cleaning and sanitising your pumping equipment, your milk should be safe to keep in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for up to nine months — see our guide to storing, freezing and thawing breast milk for more advice. All the parts of your breast pump that come into contact with your breasts or breast milk must be completely clean and dry see below. Before every pumping session, remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap for at least 20 seconds, then rinse them and dry with a clean towel.
Pumping may seem daunting at first, but with some preparation and practice, you'll quickly be pumping like a pro. Instead, begin alternating between daily nursing sessions and pumping sessions to get acclimatized. This will get your breasts used to the feeling of the machine instead of your baby. Luckily, most private insurers now cover breast pumps free of charge. Breastfeeding moms typically pump at least three times a day. In between pumping sessions, store everything expressed milk, pump parts and all in a plastic bag in the fridge.
With such a wide range on the market, deciding which breast pump to choose can be daunting. Every mum and baby has different needs, and these needs can change along the course of your breastfeeding and expressing journey. As far as breast pump technology is concerned, you have three main choices. Which is the right breast pump for you depends on how often you expect to be pumping, and where you are in your lactation journey.
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