How To Keep Your Breast Pump Squeaky Clean: Best Tips To Keep Baby Safe


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Everyone knows that providing breast milk is one of the best things you can do for your baby’s health and development. Pumping your milk is one way to provide breast milk to your baby. With breast milk being a good medium for bacterial growth, germs can grow quickly in breast milk or breast milk residue that remains on pump parts. Following these steps can keep your breast pump clean and help protect your baby from these germs. If your baby was born prematurely or has other health concerns, your baby’s health care providers may have more recommendations for pumping breast milk safely.(Paid link here)

Today we are going to learn some really cool ways to keep your breast pump squeaky clean for the safety of your baby. Are you ready? Here we go:

Before Cleaning

Handwashing is your first defense in cleaning your pump
  1. Wash hands. Wash your hands well with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  2. Assemble. Assemble clean pump kit. Inspect whether the pump kit or tubing has become moldy or soiled during storage. If your tubing is moldy, discard and replace immediately.
  3. Clean if using a shared pump. Clean pump dials, power switch, and countertop with disinfectant wipe. Avoid using personal pumps.

After Cleaning

Always store milk properly after pumping
  1. Store milk safely. Cap milk collection bottle or seal milk collection bag, label with date and time, and immediately place in a refrigerator, freezer, or cooler bag with ice packs. If milk collection container will be stored at a hospital or childcare facility, add name to the label
  2. Clean pumping area. Especially if using a shared pump, clean the dials, power switch, and countertop with disinfectant wipes.
  3. Take apart and inspect pump kit. Take apart breast pump tubing and separate all parts that come in contact with breast/breast milk (for example, flanges, valves, membranes, connectors, and milk collection bottles).
  4. Rinse pump kit. Rinse breast pump parts that come into contact with breast/breast milk under running water to remove remaining milk
  5. Clean pump kit. As soon as possible after pumping, clean pump parts that come into contact with breast/breast milk in one of the following ways.
    • Clean by hand.

Cleaning By Hand

  1. Use a wash basin. Place pump parts in a clean wash basin used only for washing infant feeding equipment. Do not place pump parts directly in the sink, because germs in sinks or drains could contaminate the pump.
      1. Add soap and water. Fill wash basin with hot water and add soap.
      2. Scrub. Scrub items according to pump kit manufacturer’s guidance. If using a brush, use a clean one that is used only to clean infant feeding items.
      3. Rinse. Rinse by holding items under running water, or by submerging in fresh water in a separate basin that is used only for cleaning infant feeding items.
      4. Dry. Allow to air-dry thoroughly. Place pump parts, wash basin, and bottle brush on a clean, unused dish towel or paper towel in an area protected from dirt and dust. Do not use a dish towel to rub or pat items dry because doing so may transfer germs to the items.

Clean in a Dishwasher (if recommended by pump kit manufacturer).

  1. Wash. Place disassembled pump parts in dishwasher. Be sure to place small items into a closed-top basket or mesh laundry bag so they don’t end up in the dishwasher filter. If possible, run the dishwasher using hot water and a heated drying cycle (or sanitizing setting); this can help kill more germs.
  2. Remove from dishwasher. Wash your hands with soap and water before removing and storing cleaned items. If items are not completely dry, place items on a clean, unused dish towel or paper towel to air-dry thoroughly before storing. Do not use a dish towel to rub or pat items dry because doing so may transfer germs to the items.
  3. Clean wash basin and bottle brush. If you use a wash basin or bottle brush when cleaning your pump parts, rinse them well and allow them to air-dry after each use. Consider washing them every few days, either in a dishwasher with hot water and a heated drying cycle, if they are dishwasher-safe, or by hand with soap and warm water.

Sanitize For Added Protection

Keeping germs at bay is one of the best things you can do to keeping baby safe. Practice sanitizing pump parts at least once daily. Sanitizing is especially important if your baby is less than 3 months old, was born prematurely, or has a weakened immune system due to illness or medical treatment (such as chemotherapy for cancer). Daily sanitizing of pump parts may not be necessary for older, healthy babies, if the parts are cleaned carefully after each use. Sanitize all items (even the bottle brush and wash basin!) by using one of the following options.

Note: If you use a dishwasher with hot water and a heating drying cycle (or sanitizing setting) to clean infant feeding items, a separate sanitizing step is not necessary.

  1. Clean first. Pump parts, bottle brushes, and wash basins should be sanitized only after they have been cleaned.
  2. Sanitize. Sanitize the pump kit, bottle brushes, and wash basins using one of the following options. Check manufacturer’s instructions about whether items may be steamed or boiled.
    1. Steam:
      • Use a microwave or plug-in steam system according to the manufacturer’s directions.

b)Boil

  1. Place disassembled items that are safe to boil into a pot and cover with water.
    • Put the pot over heat and bring to a boil.
    • Boil for 5 minutes.
    • Remove items with clean tongs.
  2. Allow to air-dry thoroughly. Place sanitized pump parts, wash basin, and bottle brush on a clean, unused dish towel or paper towel in an area protected from dirt and dust. Do not use a dish towel to rub or pat items dry because doing so may transfer germs to the items

Cleaning the Electrical Unit for a Powered Breast Pump

Electrical units, which hold the motor and batteries, should be wiped down with a clean paper towel or soft cloth after each use.

The electrical unit should never be put into water or other liquids for cleaning. It should also never be cleaned using a microwave sterilizer.

Some breast pump manufacturers make wipes just for cleaning breast pumps, which can make cleaning more convenient when you are away from home. Even if these wipes are used, breast pump parts that come into contact with breast milk should still be cleaned using liquid dishwashing soap and warm water before pumping.( Paid link here).

Store Safely Until Needed

Allow pump parts to air dry after cleaning

Allow the clean pump parts, bottle brushes, and wash basins to air-dry thoroughly before storing to help prevent germs and mold from growing. Once completely dry, the items should be stored in a clean, protected area to prevent contamination during storage.

  • Wash hands. Wash hands well with soap and water.
  • Reassemble. Put together the clean, dry pump parts.
  • Store safely. Place reassembled pump kit in a clean, protected area such as inside an unused, sealable food storage bag. Store wash basins and bottle brushes in a clean area.

Here Are More Essential Tips

  • When used correctly, breast pump tubing does not touch the pumped milk and does not need to be cleaned routinely.
  • Keep a spare set of tubing on hand in case the set you are using gets soiled or damaged.
  • If your tubing has water droplets in it at the end of a pumping session, disconnect the tubing from the flange/pump kit, but leave it attached to the pump. Run the pump for a few more minutes until the tubing is dry.
  • If your tubing has milk or mold in it, throw it away immediately because it is difficult to clean properly. Replace it with a new set of tubing, and check to see if the problem happened because
    • The valves or membranes need to be replaced.
    • The tubing was attached to the pump incorrectly.
  • If the outside of your tubing is soiled, wipe it with a damp cloth or disinfectant wipe.
  • Never borrow a breast pump from someone who was using one personally. There is always the chance that breast milk residue is in the pump. A hospital used pump would be better because we know that hospitals sterilize there products before use using lots of heat to destroy bacteria. (Paid link here).

Bottom Line

Ensuring that your breast pump is always kept clean is a wonderful move in securing the health of your baby. Practice the steps before, and after cleaning as much as possible. Remember sanitizing, and storage is also important. (Paid link). I hope you learned and enjoyed this post. I would love to have you on my mailing list. If you have anything you would like for me to share let me know in the comment below.

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Breastfeeding With Large Boobs: 17 Tips How To Breastfeed With Ease


Breastfeeding with large breasts is possible

Breastfeeding can as we know can come with many challenges. So imagine trying to breastfeed with large breasts and a small baby? Or large breasts with large breasts. Either one can b very difficult for some new mommies. It’s oftentimes difficult to find a comfortable position to stay in for the duration of the feeding and baby can become frustrated, and irritable if not getting that milk flow immediately.

Because experience can be helpful we asked over a dozen “well-endowed” mamas who were successful breastfeeding for advice on how they made breastfeeding with large breasts work for them.

They gave practical and actionable tips that may totally change where you are with breastfeeding, making things better.Here we go for tips to make your breastfeeding journey easier:

  1. You have to be really comfortable and using a big pillow and a small, rolled-up burp cloth under the boob.
  2. An infant neck pillow works great for cleavage support while nursing
  3. Lay on your back with your baby on top of you with a pillow under your arm for support
  4. Use a nursing pillow! It can be a game changer and you can still use it at 6 months. Some mothers found it to be the last resort before they give up breastfeeding.
  5. Using a big fluffy blanket. This is convenient because you can maneuver it any way you want.
  6. Laying down on my side is also great. It can provide good support for baby when she cannot stay on her side. Just roll up a blanket and put behind her.
  7. One mother informed:

“Honestly, I wear one of my regular bras and lift my breast out of the top and tuck the cup under. It holds my breast up, so once he’s latched I can have one hand free.”

-Crystal A.

8. Try the football hold or football hold, with a pillow on your side to hold up baby and pillow behind your back for support. Add pillows as you need them.

9.Side lying worked for some mothers or inverted side lying by rolling up a baby blanket and put it under your breast to help support it. As for nursing position I really liked laying in bed on my side, no stress on mommy’s shoulders or neck. Or a normal cross cradle hold with a bed pillow under baby for support.

10. Never smoosh your baby with your boobs. Try laying down on my side in bed and letting the girls lay straight out and bringing baby to my boob. Works very well . Learn the c-hold. The C-hold is one of the ways you can hold your breast while you’re latching your baby on. When you have larger breasts, the c-hold can help you to support your breast and aim your nipple toward your baby’s mouth. This breast hold may make latching on easier for your baby. (Paid link)

11. Breastfeed in front of a mirror. If it’s difficult to see your baby’s mouth and your nipple, try breastfeeding while sitting in front of or next to a mirror. The mirror can give you a better view of your breast and your baby’s latch

12.Soften your breasts if they are hard and full of breast milk. If your breasts are engorged and overfull, use a breast pump or hand express some of your breast milk before you begin breastfeeding. This will soften your breast and make it easier for your baby to latch on.

13.Treat engorgement and overabundant supply. Talk to your healthcare provider or a lactation consultant and learn how to manage these issues so they don’t lead to more serious complications.

14. See your baby’s doctor regularly for weight checks. Since breastfeeding issues such as low breast milk supply or overabundant breast milk supply can affect large-breasted women, you should have your baby’s growth monitored by their doctor. You want to be sure that your baby is getting enough breast milk, but also that they are not gaining too much weight too quickly.Follow your child’s lead. As your baby gets older, they may be able to get more breast milk at each feeding and wait a little longer between feedings. Pay attention to your baby’s hunger cues and weight gain to prevent overfeeding.

15. Ask for help. It’s OK to be worried and have questions, and it’s OK to ask those questions and seek help. Your doctor is always a good resource and starting point when you need help, so talk to her about your concerns. A lactation consultant or a breastfeeding support group can also provide encouragement and support.

16.Be prepared. If you can, take a breastfeeding class while you’re pregnant to learn different positions and holds. When you have little knowledge and information ahead of time, it can help you feel more comfortable and confident once your baby arrives.

17. Support your breasts. Large breasts full of breast milk are heavy. A supportive nursing bra will hold up the extra weight of your breasts and help prevent back pain. Your pre-breastfeeding bras will most likely be too small, so invest in a few nursing bras in your new size. You may even benefit from a bra fitting to get the right size, fit, and support. 

Can My Large Boobs Suffocate My Baby?

It can very well be a challenge to find a comfortable position where you can see your baby’s mouth and your nipple, making it harder to get the baby latched on correctly.1 It can also be awkward and uncomfortable to hold your breasts and your baby, especially if you are in pain from the delivery. Plus, you may be worried that your breasts are so big that they will block your child’s nose. You may also be afraid if it is your first child.

Many women with larger breasts worry that their breast will block their baby’s nose while breastfeeding. But don’t worry: If your baby’s nose gets blocked, they will stop breastfeeding, release the latch, open their mouth, and breathe. Even so, you may feel a little better if you try latching your baby on in an asymmetrical latch. This latch technique lifts the baby’s nose off of your breast.  Breastfeeding should become easier as you continue to practice. (Paid link)

Do Largers Breasts Mean More Milk?

Many women believe that if a woman has large breasts they will produce more milk.

Your breast size does not determine the amount of milk-making tissue you have or how much breast milk you will make.1 Women with large breasts could have a healthy supply of breast milk, an overabundant milk supply, or a low supply of breast milk

Low Breast Milk Supply

Certain conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), obesity, hypothyroidism, and insulin resistance can affect production of breast milk. It’s important to have your baby monitored by a doctor to ensure that they are gaining weight and growing well.

Too Much Breast Milk

Oversupply with large boobs can be a challenge

Too much breast milk supply can cause issues for both you and your baby. Too much milk can lead to breast engorgement and pain. Severe engorgement can make it very difficult for your baby to latch on.1 Your child may also gag and choke from a strong milk let-down and/or become fussy and gassy. You may consult a lactation specialist or professional to help you balance low or over production of milk. If you are tempted to formula feed, check out for professional advice before giving up. (Paid link)

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Breastfeeding with large breasts can be easy and you can do it. I hope you try some of these tips. Know that any problems you have, can be sorted out by your lactation professional for assistance. Remember the more you breastfeed, the more milk you will make. Enjoy your breastfeeding experience and ask God to help you as you try to do your best to breastfeed your baby. Consider joining our mailing list for more interesting posts.

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Breastfeeding And Your Baby’s Immune System: How To Build It Up


Breastfeeding your baby is one of the best things you can do to build up his immune system

Did you know your babies’ immune systems are not as strong as those of adults. Breastfeeding and vaccinating your baby will help protect them from a serious illness. This is one of the reasons why breastfeeding really is a good choice. Breast milk is the food naturally designed to best meet the needs of human babies. It has all the necessary nutrients, in just the right amounts, and is easy to digest. Beyond the nutritional benefits, here’s a great bonus: Breastmilk also helps build and support your baby’s immune system.

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What is the immune system?

The immune system is a network of cells and proteins that defends the body against infection.

If bacteria, a virus or other foreign substance enters the body, white blood cells identify it and produce antibodies and other responses to the infection. They also ‘remember’ the attack so they can fight it more easily next time.(Paid link)

A baby’s immune system is immature when they are born. It develops throughout life as they are exposed to different germs that can cause disease.

The immune system in babies: How Does It Work?

Antibodies are passed from mother to baby through the placenta during the third trimester (last 3 months of pregnancy). This gives the baby some protection when they are born. The type and amount of antibodies passed to the baby depends on the mother’s own level of immunity.

During birth, bacteria from the mother’s vagina is passed on to the baby. This helps to build the colony of bacteria in the gut that contributes to their immunity.

After birth, more antibodies are passed on to the baby in colostrum and in breast milk. But babies’ immune systems are still not as strong as adults’. Premature babies are at greater risk of infection because their immune systems are even more immature and they haven’t had as many antibodies passed to them from their mothers.

Babies produce their own antibodies every time they are exposed to a virus or germ, but it takes time for this immunity to fully develop.

The passive immunity passed on from the mother at birth also doesn’t last long and will start to decrease in the first few weeks and months after birth.

How to Boost Your Baby’s Immune System

Each time your baby gets sick, they are developing new antibodies that will protect them in the future. In the meantime, there are some important things you can do to protect your baby. Here is a handy list to keep in mind:

Breastfeeding

Breast milk contains many elements that support your baby’s immune system. These include proteins, fats, sugars and antibodies and probiotics. When a mother comes into contact with germs, she develops antibodies to help her fight off the infection. These are passed to the baby in breast milk. As mothers and babies are usually exposed to similar germs, this means the baby is protected. You can further boost your baby’s immune system by giving probiotics.

Breastfed babies have fewer infections and get better more quickly than formula-fed babies. However, breastfeeding cannot protect your baby from serious, life-threatening infections like polio, diphtheria or measles. Also, for mothers who are unable to breastfeed or who choose not to, infant formula is a healthy alternative.

What About Vaccination?

Vaccinating children is the safest and most effective way to protect them against serious disease.

Vaccination causes an immune response in the same way that a virus or bacteria would. It means that if your child comes into contact with the real disease in future, their immune system will recognise the germ and respond fast enough to fight off the disease or prevent serious complications.

Pregnant women are vaccinated for whooping cough in their third trimester so they will pass on immunity to their babies.

Your baby will have their first vaccinations at birth, then some more at 6 weeks, 4 months and 6 months and for the first few years of life.

Diet and supplements

Taking antibiotics can kill some of the gut bacteria that are important for immunity. Probiotics are often suggested as a way of boosting babies’ immunity after they have had antibiotics. Probiotics are safe to use in late pregnancy and after the baby is born. However, the evidence is mixed about if they have benefits for children or adults. Talk to your doctor before you consider giving probiotics to your baby.

In most cases, breast milk and formula provide all the vitamins and minerals your baby needs. Additional vitamin supplements are not recommended for babies.

Once your baby starts on solids, a variety of fresh foods including different types of pureed vegetables and fruits should be enough to keep the immune system healthy. Try to keep breastfeeding while you’re introducing solid food.

How breastfeeding boosts your immune system while breastfeeding

Mamas did you know breastfeeding your baby has tremendous benefits for you and your baby? Many times we focus only on the good it does for the baby, but moms -to -be it has tremendous benefits for you too. Let me show you how:

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, breast cancer, and ovarian and uterine cancer. ( La Leche League International).  Breastfeeding also increases the quantity of oxytocin in women’s bodies, ( Baby Center), making them feel more relaxed and less anxious.

Breastfeeding, according to one study, can reduce the risk of postpartum depression in 50%, which sounds fantastic. When you consider that depression can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to sickness, it’s easy to see how breastfeeding and a mother’s healthy immune system are linked.

Is it, however, effective in protecting you from a cold or the flu by boosting your immune system? Although there is no definitive evidence that breastfeeding impacts your immune system, the health benefits to you are numerous and might potentially keep you healthy.

Bottom Line

Breastfeeding mothers need the support of everyone to sustain breastfeeding. Many persons can easily give up if they do not get the support they need. To help keep babies healthy, communities can take steps to support mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies. This can include offering paid leave and giving employees places and time to pump breast milk.

If you’re breastfeeding your baby or have any questions, never hesitate to talk with your pediatrician. If you can’t breastfeed, or for personal reasons choose not to, talk to your pediatrician about the many other ways to support your baby’s health. Remember, mama your choice to breastfeed is one of the best things you can do to build not only your baby but also your immune system.


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