How to Clean & Use Your Spectra Breast Pump

How to Clean & Use Your Spectra Breast Pump

Here are some helpful tips about cleaning your Spectra Canada Breast Pump!

First time use

  • Sterilize all parts of the breast shield kit excluding the tubing using your preferred sterilization.
  • ​You DO NOT need to sterilize the tubing as it will not be in contact with your breast milk.
  • And DO NOT sterilize the breast pump body.

After each use

  • Disassemble and wash all parts of your breast shield kit that come into contact with your breast and breast milk and wash in warm soapy water and rinse it in clean water and airdry on clean towel.
  • Keep parts covered when not in use.


  • Make sure your hands are CLEAN and DRY before handling expressed breast milk.
  • If your breast pump does not collect milk in a clean storage container, begin by pouring your milk into a container designed for storing milk in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Try NOT to touch the insides of the storage container.
  • Seal the container with a solid lid and label each container with the date the milk was pumped.
  • Breast milk that will be frozen should have at least ONE inch between the milk and the container lid. Frozen milk expands as it freezes.
  • Store milk away the refrigerator or freezer door to avoid changes in temperature that many compromise the milk.


  • Always make sure to check the date on the milk’s container before using. Do NOT use undated milk, or milk that has been stored too long.
  • Thaw frozen milk in the refrigerator or under cool, running water.
  • Heat the milk under warm, running water and gently swirl the container to mix the milk.
  • If warm water is not available, heat a pan of water on the stove. Once the water is warm, not boiling remove the pan from the stove and place the milk container in the pan.
  • NEVER warm the milk container directly on the stove.
  • NEVER microwave breast milk because microwave can cause dangerous hot spots that could burn you or your baby.
  • Always test the temperature of the milk on the inside of your wrist before feeding it to your baby. The milk should feel warm, not hot.
  • After thawing, milk should be stored in the refrigerator for NO MORE THAN 24 hours.
  • NEVER refreeze thawed milk. Throw away previously frozen milk that is not used within 24 hours.

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