10 Tips to Make Your Breast Pump Last Longer

Some of the benefits of using breast pumps include that they enable you to store breast milk to be used by other people to feed...
10 Tips to Make Your Breast Pump Last Longer

Some of the benefits of using breast pumps include that they enable you to store breast milk to be used by other people to feed the baby while you have some time to yourself. Still, breast pumps are costly appliances, so you need your pump to stay in good condition for as long as possible. Here are 10 great tips to help extend the life of your wearable breast pump brought to you by!

  1. Using Breast Pump Properly | Tips by

After every use, clean your Handsfree Wearable Electric Breast Pump properly and ensure that it is stored in a proper manner as recommended by the manufacturer. Wash all areas that come into contact with breast milk with sufficient sanitizer after each use. This consists of washing the item in hot soapy water then rinsing it thoroughly and then leaving it to dry. This is to ensure that the residue of milk does not clot and block the various tubes or the valves within a tanker. Sanitize parts occasionally too.

  1. Don’t Over-Tighten Suction Parts | Tips by

Your tubes and valves in your flanges of your breastfeeding machine must be tightened appropriately so that they will work correctly and are also very sensitive to be over-tightened since they may crack and bend. Tighten gently until snug. It helps if you refer to the user manual of your device to get the best advice on the right setting when it comes to noise. Worn or cracked parts should be replaced immediately so that they do not cause any further damage to the unit.

  1. Store Carefully Between Uses | Tips by

Clean and dry all of the wearable breast pump parts and store them in a clean, covered container in a refrigerator between uses. This is because it keeps contamination away from clean parts to avoid any form of mixture that can cause a compromise on the quality. Never store with damp or wet parts, let them dry first before storing.

  1. Using the Correct Output | Tips by

If the use of a breast milk pump electric is mandatory then ensure that the right voltage is being used. Connect your electric pump to a wall socket of the voltage output that you found written in the user manual. Applying the wrong voltage can damage the motor. In case of using an adapter, it should be of correct Voltage / Wattage.

  1. If You Are Using A Battery Operated One, Carry It With Great Care | Tips by

This is why one should consider investing in a high-quality padded carrying case that will protect the synthesizer keyboard during transportation. Carry your battery-powered pump gently so that it does not jolt because this would affect the motor. Don't drop it!

  1. Clean and Replace Valves and Membranes Correctly | Tips by

It is a fact that valves and membranes of any system have a certain life span and they wear out with time. Replace them as per the manufacturer’s recommendations that usually fall within the 3-6 month range based on the frequency of usage. This prevents loss of vacuum and maintains the efficiency of the pump.

  1. Sterilizing Regularly | Tips by

It is also necessary that every part of the pump be given a boil bath now and then. Monthly, the plastic pump parts should be boiled for 10-15 minutes to sterilize them so they can function correctly. Let cool before handling as the candles may take a while to set. This helps in eradicating germs and ensuring that any surface is free from bacteria.

  1. Greasing Regularly | Tips by

Grease the motor at certain intervals. You need to consult the user guide of your specific blender to find out whether it needs lubrication and if it is needed frequently. For some pumps, decreasing the frequency of using machine oil and instead applying a lightweight oil occasionally assists in the smooth running of the motor.

  1. Tie and Secure from Freezing and Heated Conditions | Tips from

Never keep the electric pump in a place that may experience freezing temperatures in the winter or hot temperatures in the summer. Storage temperature should be followed so that the motor is not affected and the plastic housing is also protected. Spare parts should also not be frozen as well, should they get into contact with frozen stocks.

  1. Order Spares | Tips by

Spare parts and extra bottles also should be ordered as it is very important to have spare stocks for unexpected situations. It is possible to pump with backup valves, membranes, flanges, tubes, and bottles so that if they need to be cleaned or replaced, the pump can continue to run. Like any product that is useful to you, you don’t want to go without your wearable breast pump! Additional bottles allow for pumping also more at a given instance.


And that’s it, folks – 10 simple pointers that will ensure your wearable breast pump of choice stays in good working order for as long as possible. Proper handling and cleanliness are essential factors that must be practiced in order to ensure the longevity of the products. Consult the manufacturer of the pump that is used in your particular application as well to get any extra information on maintenance, cleaning and replacement of the pump parts. That’s the spirit of the flange, so here’s to many months of happy pumping ahead of us!