How do I get started?
Wash your hands before touching your breasts, handling your breast pump, and cleaning parts and accessories.
Do I need to clean my breast pump parts before first use?
Yes! Make sure to wash and sanitize your breast pump parts and bottles before you use them for the first time.
How often should I clean my breast pump parts?
You should wash your breast pump parts and bottles after each use, and sanitize once a day after they’ve been washed.
What parts do I clean?
The quick answer is – almost everything! Every part of the breast pump that touched your breast or the milk should be thoroughly cleaned after each use – including breast shields, breast milk bottles, bottle lids, valves, membranes, and connectors. This helps you avoid dried breast milk residue and prevent growth of bacteria.
Only wash the tubing if you see residue or condensation in it.
How do I wash my breast pump parts?
There are two ways you can wash your breast pump parts: in the dishwasher, or in your sink.
- Dishwasher: You can wash all separated parts on the top rack of your dishwasher and allow them to air dry in a clean area. Using the dishwasher may cause your parts to become discolored, but don’t worry – this won’t impact how they function.
- Wash Basin in Sink: You can also wash your breast pump parts in the sink – as long as you use a large bowl or wash basin reserved only for your breastfeeding supplies, and make sure to never let them touch the sink directly. Rinse all separated parts that came in contact with breast and milk in cool water first, then soak them in warm, soapy water for 5 minutes. To simplify your daily cleaning routine, keep breastmilk removal soap at hand. Wash each part with a clean dish cloth or soft brush and rinse all separated parts with clear water.
- Whether you choose to clean your pump parts in the dishwasher or wash basin, make sure to place them on a clean surface or towel and allow them to air dry. Store dry parts in a clean, cool place when not in use.
How do I sanitize my breast pump?
Although you should wash your breast pump and its parts after each use, you don’t have to sanitize as often. We recommend sanitizing your parts and accessories once a day after they’ve been washed.
- Boiling Method: First, separate all parts that come in contact with breasts and milk, and wash hands thoroughly. Fill a pot with enough water to cover all parts and bring water to a boil. Once the water’s boiling, place the parts in for 10 minutes. Allow water to cool and gently remove parts from water with tongs. Once you’re done sanitizing, place parts on a clean surface or towel to allow them to air dry. As always, store your pump parts in a clean and cool place when not in use.
- Steam Method: This allow you to disinfect breast shields, accessories, bottles, nipples, pacifiers, and cups in approximately 3 minutes for quick and easy end-of-day sanitizing.
Lastly, don’t feel bad about asking for help! See if your partner can help with cleaning breast pump parts after you’re done using them.
Now let’s get to it!
It’s time to talk milk makers. While mother nature gave you the goods, the right man-made assistance can help keep your bub in steady supply.
Not all breast pumps are created equal, and which one you need all depends on where your pumping journey will take you. Are you going to express every day, or just when you need to go out? Are you going to use your breast pump at work, while travelling or just at home?
Here are all the questions you need to ask yourself before you invest in a breast pump.
Before you decide what to buy, you need to know what you can buy and why. We’ve answered some basic questions for you to get your head around what’s out there and what you might need.
Is it essential: No
How much will it cost: RM99-RM700
How long will you use it: 1 month to 2 years
Should you purchase before baby’s born: No
Breast pump accessories: Carry bag, milk storage bottles, nursing bra.
Can you buy secondhand: No. Using a second-hand breast pump isn’t recommended (because ……. unless it’s hospital grade.
Lots of mums invest in a breast pump before baby is born. But is it something that needs to go into the hospital bag?
Will I need to take my breast pump to hospital?
Most, if not all, Malaysia hospitals with a maternity ward have their own hospital-grade breastpump. A hospital grade pump is generally larger, more long-lasting and designed to be used by multiple women. That’s because they’re closed system pumps so there is a barrier that stops germs and bacteria from going into the motor and tubes of the pump.
A breast pump purchased for home use is usually smaller and designed for use by just one person. However, there are companies who sell breast pump models that are classed as hospital grade.
So the question is, should you take your own breast pump to hospital? There are a few things to consider:
- The hospital breast pump may be more powerful, or different to the one you have at home.
- You may prefer to get used to your own pump while there are midwives and lactation consultants to help.
- Your hospital may only have a small number of pumps that need to be shared around, so you may not always get it when you need it.
- If you take your own pump you’ll learn if it’s the right one for you.
Real mum advice: “I took mine so I could get help with using it correctly before I went home. They’re all a little different and I wanted to be confident with mine.” – Tanitha
So, technically, no you don’t need to take your own breast pump to hospital. Just check with your local maternity ward that they have pumps available.
Malish products can be purchased online at www.malishbaby.com.my
Our products are also available at Manjaku Baby Store, PumpOnTheGo, MommyZone, I-SNUG Mum & Baby House, IbuManja and Shopee.
- Expression Mode: This mode has 9 cycle speeds. After letdown begins and once the milk is flowing, you should be in expression mode. Adjust your pump cycle speed to a level that best mimics baby’s nursing patterns or adjust it to a rhythm that your body responds to best.
- Massage Mode: In this mode, your cycle is locked at 70 CPM, the 3-wave symbol is displayed on the upper left corner of the LCD screen above the cycle value, and your vacuum strength level can vary from L01-L05. If you need to generate a let-down at the beginning or any time during your pumping session, you need to be in massage mode.
Press the 3-wave button above your power button to switch from expression to massage mode. Adjust the vacuum level in massage or expression mode to find the suction level that works best for you.