When we’re done pumping, we want to take care of our pump kit and make sure that we keep the milk as clean as possible. So when we go to wash the pump, the milk never touches the caps. They are completely kept clean, so we shouldn’t ever have to worry about cleaning our tubing, but we will have to clean everything down. So I’m going to pull out the diaphragm, I’m going to twist the cap off, and the valve down here, we want to tap. Sometimes there’s some milk that collects and we want to get every drop out into the bottle. So then I will pull the valve. We’re going to wash that. We’re going to pull the flange, and then this milk is ready for the lid.
So I’ve got this mom’s baby’s label name, and I’ve got a lid to put on her milk that has the number of pumping that it is, and I’m going to make sure that I date and time when the pumping occurred. And when she takes her milk to her baby, they will enter it into the computer system that will record when she pumped it so we know when the milk expires.
Do the same on the other side. Tap. We can pull that. I’m actually going to combine these two, because there’s just a little bit. And I always instruct moms to pump into new sterile containers every time, especially for a hospitalized baby, so I would just throw this bottle away. We never want to not use sterile bottles. We want to decrease the chance that there can be any germs in her milk, because it’s perfect.
Okay, so now we’re going to wash the pump parts. We never want to use hospital grade soap. We just want to use a mild dish soap. So I usually get the little parts ready to go, and I literally just put a tiny drop of soap on, and then I suds them up. I just want them nice and soapy, and then I’m going to rinse them really well. And once they are rinsed, you don’t want to leave any soapy residue, and then I’m going to set them to air-dry. And we’re going to leave them taken apart until it’s time for her to pump again to allow them to air-dry. And then again, another little drop on the flange, and then I’m going to make sure that there’s no milk residue, and then rinse really good, shake off the water, and then they are ready to go for the next time. When you go to put them back together, all you have to do is take the valve, push it on the bottom, put the diaphragm in the top, pop the cap back on, and attach your new sterile bottle. But we’re going to let them air-dry.
For a newborn ICU baby, we suggest sanitizing your pump kit once a day just to make sure that we are keeping the kit as clean as possible. So once you’ve washed your pump parts, then you can open this sanitation bag, drop your pump parts in (and they’re already clean), and then you are going to add one 2-ounce little bottle full of clean water, you’re going to dump that in, and you’re going to seal the bag and follow the directions for microwaving your pump kit that are on the back. There’s different times that are suggested for different watts of microwaves.