How to clean/disinfect the Philips Avent breast pump?
Published on 2018-09-13
It is important to clean your Philips Avent breast pump regularly. Find out how to maintain good breast pump hygiene.
Follow the instructions
Clean/disinfect the breast pump as per the instructions below.
Note: If you are using the electric breast pump, there is no need to disinfect the silicone tubes and caps as the milk is not in contact. You SHOULD NOT clean the motor unit and adapter in water but wipe clean with a soft, damp cloth.
1) Start with disassembling the breast pump and unscrew the bottle from the pump body. Make sure you either use the milk right away or store it in the refrigerator (up to 48 hours and not in the door) or freezer (up to 3 months). 2) Unplug the power unit (in case you use the electric breast pump), after that you can carefully disassemble the breast pump further. 3) Remove the white valve. Be careful when you remove the white valve and when you clean it. If it gets damaged, your breast pump does not function properly. To remove the white valve, gently pull at the ribbed tab on the side of the valve.
Rinse with hot water
Clean all parts (except motor unit and adapter) in hot water with some mild washing-up liquid and then rinse them thoroughly. You can also clean the parts in the dishwasher (on the top rack only). To clean the valve, rub it gently between your fingers in warm water with some washing-up liquid. Do not insert objects into the valve, as this may cause damage.
Disinfect all parts (except silicone tubes, caps, motor and adapter) by boiling them for 5 minutes. Take care to allow for a cool-down period after the disinfection cycle has ended: the breast pump can be too hot to touch immediately after disinfection.
Place the parts neatly on a clean paper towel or in a clean drying rack and allow them to air dry. Avoid using cloth towels to dry the parts because they can carry germs and bacteria that are harmful to your baby.