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The CDC Issues New Breast Pump Cleaning Guidelines

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Pumping moms, you’ll want to read this. New breast pump cleaning guidelines have been put into place after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report about the death of a baby in which the determined cause was a rare but serious infection passed through improperly cleaned breast pump parts. The CDC did some digging into widely held pumping standards and the organization didn't like what it saw. We don’t want to scare you, we just want you to be informed.  (We should mention that the deadly infection called Cronobacter, is so rare that the CDC only hears about four to six cases a year.)


According to the CDC's new guidelines, here is how best to care for your pump parts:

·       Wash your hands before using your pump, and use disinfectant wipes to clean the outside of your pump.

·       After every use, take apart the pump parts and rinse them under running water. Don't put them directly in the sink!

·       Clean your pump parts as soon as possible with hot, soapy water in a wash basin and brush used only for cleaning pump parts, or in the dishwasher.

·       Rinse in fresh water (don't put them back in the same basin).

·       Air dry on a clean dish towel, but don't rub the parts with the towel as this could spread germs.

·       Rinse your basin and brush, and leave them to air dry. Clean them as well at least every few days.

·       If you're using the dishwasher, place on a hot water and heated drying cycle, or a sanitize cycle. Wash your hands before taking out the parts, and allow them to air dry.

·       Store items in a clean, protected area only after they're completely dry.


Here is a two-page printable fact sheet with step-by-step instructions created by the CDC, for cleaning breast pumps before and after every use. 

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