Sanitizing parts for the first time—You will want to boil the plastic pieces of your collection kits for 3-5 minutes, this will include the bottles, bottle caps and lids, the flanges, and the plastic casings of the backflow protector. Bring water to a boil and then remove from the stove before putting your parts in for 3-5 minutes. Hand wash the duckbill valves and white membrane of the backflow protector with warm, soapy water. You will not need to sterilize the small tubing as it’s a closed-system pump. Allow your parts to completely air-dry before assembling, or dry with a clean cloth.
Washing the parts after each use—After each use you will want to wash all parts with warm, soapy water, except for the small tubing. Air-dry all parts completely before reassembling, or dry with a clean cloth. You may refrigerate your parts in between uses if you don’t have access during the day to a water source, and follow the washing instructions later that day when you have access to water. Make sure all parts are washed and dried thoroughly following the instructions above, for best performance. It is not recommended to use a sterilizer, microwave, steam bag, or dishwasher dry cycle as part of the cleaning process.
All parts are covered for 90 days. It is recommended to replace your parts, specifically the backflow protectors and valves every 3-6 months depending on use as they are the heart of the pump and will wear down over time.
If your baby is in NICU, or you are experiencing thrush, please consult your doctor or lactation consultant on sterilizing/washing instructions.