As if breastfeeding and pumping weren't already a big enough change, most moms don't consider in advance all the cleanliness aspects that are crucial to the task of feeding your baby with breastmilk at hand. Although they're not too overwhelming, and the routine isn't difficult to get into, there are some breast pumping hygiene tips that no one probably ever taught you to keep in mind. So we're here to give it to you straight so that you're well prepared for your pumping journey and routine.
Although pumping seems like a lot to get down at first, like many things, it's really much better once you get used to it. Yes, it's tedious, but with practice you'll find a way to streamline it into motherhood. Especially for working moms or moms who are trying to up their supply, pumping is often an essential and frequent part of your day. If you want to avoid a hygiene disaster or potential germ spreading, it's important to note the CDC updated their breast pump cleaning guidelines this year, according to Parents. If you plan on pumping it's important to be aware of the potential hygiene-related mishaps sooner than later. Hopefully that will help you avoid experiencing them for yourself, but if you do find yourself face-to-face with any of these, don't worry, we're here to help.
If you're hoping to avoid any cleanliness or hygiene issues with your breast pump, you can prepare ahead of time and get in the habit of staying free and clear. Or if you just want a refresher to make sure the process you're been following is up to date, check out these breast pumping cleaning tips.