Maintain Sanitary Pumping Practices
The first phase of breast milk storage is the pumping process. Of course, how else would you be able to store milk if you don’t express it in the first place?
While it may seem like a straightforward practice, pumping breast milk can actually be a very tricky task especially when you factor in sanitation. Make sure to follow these strategies to keep your milk clean and contaminant-free when pumping:
- Before Pumping – Wash your hands and breasts. Make sure to rinse thoroughly to remove any residual soap and dirt. Wipe down your pump and inspect for any potential contaminants. If you suspect that your pump is dirty, wash it before use.
- While Pumping – Keep an eye on your pump at all times. Inspect tubes for any signs of poor quality milk such as discoloration or sediments and foreign contaminants. Stop pumping if you see any dirt and discard the contaminated milk.
- After Pumping – Seal the bottles immediately after pumping making sure to limit the milk’s exposure to open air. Label your bottles with the date and time of pumping. Sanitize your pump and all of its parts. Make sure to soak detachable pieces in hot water after use. Store all parts and the pump unit in a dry, clean space.