Caring For Your Product
Much like a vehicle, our breast pumps have an occasional hiccup and won’t perform quite as they should. If you experience this, be sure to first check the valves and membranes for rips or misalignment. Look closely, do they seem to be at the end of their life? If so, replace them. These parts are essential for your breast pump to work properly and require gentle care. If replacing valves or membranes doesn’t fix the problem, it would be wise to check the pump suction; weak suction won’t allow efficient pumping. Many retailers and lactation consultants have gauges that will tell you if your pump is working at its ideal level. Make sure you are covered with extra personal accessory items such as Filters and Duck Bill Valves. They come in a set or are available individually. Lastly, if you have questions of when to replace items or would like to see other helpful tips check out available YouTube videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/hygeiababy
Read the Manual
To ensure your breast pump works for YOU, take some time to read how the manufacturer intended it to work. You’ll likely learn something new.
Sanitize and Wash Your Breast Pump Parts
Before using your breast pump for the first time, we recommend sanitizing all parts; make sure you pay special attention to those parts that are going to touch you or your milk (flanges, collection containers, valves). Simply wash them in warm, soapy water and air dry. We DO NOT recommend boiling them or placing them in a dishwasher. Please remember, DO NOT get your filters wet.
Keep Your Breast Pump Clean
The outside of your breast pump only requires a quick wipe-down with a warm, damp cloth. Some moms prefer to swipe a disinfecting cloth over the top from time to time as well. If the outside of the bag gets dirty, you can wipe it down in the same manner. The tubes don’t require any special cleaning. If you see condensation inside, allow your breast pump to run for a few minutes after pumping to allow them to air out.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
We’ve all done it: left something important in our vehicle during a sweltering day or in the dead of winter. Just like you, your breast pump isn’t comfortable in these conditions. Please remember to take it inside.