How to Clean Breast Pump Pa...

Traveling with a breast pump requires special attention to cleanliness to keep both mother and baby healthy and safe. Keeping breast pump parts clean while traveling can be difficult, but with some preparation, you can do it while traveling. This guide will give you simple and effective steps to keep your breast pump clean while traveling, ensuring you continue to provide nutritious breast milk wherever you go.

What Should I Prepare Before Traveling?

When planning to travel with a breast pump, besides the need to prepare your luggage and personal belongings, you also need to know some preparations for cleaning breast pump parts while traveling. This will ensure that you can keep your device hygienic while traveling to protect the health and safety of you and your baby. Here are some guidelines on the preparation needed to clean breast pump parts before traveling.

  1. Know Your Breast Pump Model and Parts

    Breast pump model: Each breast pump model may have different cleaning methods. For example, the MomMed S21 breast pump is easy to clean because it is easy to assemble and disassemble. So you need to be familiar with the specific model you use, and it is best to carry the manufacturer's cleaning instructions.

    Breast pump parts: Breast pumps generally have several parts, including the pump motor, milk collector, tubing, and duckbill valve. Each part has a different function, so knowing how to disassemble and dispose of them correctly can make cleaning easier when traveling.

  2. Prepare Cleaning Tools and Supplies

    Cleaning brush: Prepare a special bottle cleaner brush to clean hard-to-clean parts such as pipes and valves.

    Mild detergent: Choose a mild, fragrance-free detergent to avoid leaving residue after cleaning.

    Disinfectant or bag: Choose a travel-friendly disinfectant product to disinfect parts.

    Clean towel or paper towel: Prepare a towel or paper towel for drying parts to prevent bacterial growth.

Before traveling, comprehensive preparation can ensure that your journey is smoother and more enjoyable. It can also ensure that the breast pump remains in good condition during the trip, ensuring the health and safety of your baby.

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How to Clean Breast Pump Parts on the Go?

When traveling, it can be difficult to clean breast pump parts, so you need to master more cleaning tips and methods to clean breast pump accessories more quickly. Here are some ways to ensure your breast pump accessories stay clean while traveling:

  1. Pre-pack Essentials: Before you travel, you can prepare to bring a small bottle of dishwashing liquid and a portable brush. Also prepare a pack of quick-drying disinfectant wipes, which can be used at the airport or in the car when you need to quickly clean parts.

  2. Cold Water Rinse: After each use, you can quickly rinse breast shields and bottles under cold water after expressing in a public restroom. This will immediately remove milk residue and reduce the risk of contamination.

  3. Use Portable Cleaning Kits: Carry a portable cleaning kit, including a kit with a microwave steam bag, which you can use in the hotel microwave to quickly and effectively disinfect parts.

  4. Microwave Sterilization: If you have access to a microwave, such as in a hotel suite or office kitchen, use a microwave steam bag to sterilize parts by filling the bag with water and heating it according to the instructions.

  5. Boiling Method:If your accommodation has a kitchenette, you can boil breast pump parts. Simply fill a pot with water, boil it, and then soak the parts for five minutes to kill any bacteria.

  6. Drying Properly: After cleaning, place pump parts on a clean disposable paper towel in a well-ventilated area of your hotel room to ensure they are completely dry before the next use.

  7. Storage: Once dry, store the parts in a clean, dry bag or container. Use something like a resealable plastic bag to keep the parts safe and sanitary until you need them again.

By planning ahead and using these tips before your trip, you can ensure your breast pump parts stay clean. Then it’s ready to use, even when you’re away from home.

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Special Considerations for Air Travel

When traveling by air with a breast pump and its accessories, there are some special things to keep in mind to ensure a smooth, stress-free journey. Here is a detailed guide to what to look out for:

  1. Airline Policies: Check your airline's policies on breast pumps and breast milk. Most airlines allow them, but it's good to verify any specific regulations.

  2. Packing: Pack your breast pump and parts in your carry-on luggage to keep them safe and accessible. Use a padded bag or backpack.

  3. Security Screening: Inform TSA agents that you’re carrying a breast pump and breast milk. Breast milk is allowed in quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces and does not need to fit in a quart-sized bag. Breast pumps are considered medical devices and should be allowed through security checks.

  4. Accessibility During Flight: Plan your pumping schedule and book a seat that offers some privacy, such as a window seat. Ask flight attendants about using a private area if needed.

  5. Power Supply: Ensure your pump is fully charged. For electric pumps, check if in-seat power outlets are available or carry a portable battery pack. Many airports have lactation rooms with power outlets.

  6. Handling Breast Milk: Bring enough storage bags or bottles for expressed milk. Use insulated cooler bags with ice packs to keep milk cool and label containers with the date and time.

  7. Cleaning Supplies: Carry portable cleaning supplies like wipes, a small bottle of dish soap, a cleaning brush, and sterilizer bags. Use bottled water for rinsing if clean water is unavailable.

Understanding airline policies, preparing for security checks, and carrying the right supplies will help you effectively manage your expression needs while traveling.


Keeping your breast pump parts clean while traveling helps keep your baby healthy and safe. It allows you to effectively manage the hygiene of your breast pump while on the road. So, remember to pack the necessary cleaning supplies and plan to access them during your trip. This way you can continue breastfeeding with confidence.

To ensure you are well equipped for your trip, explore MonMed's range of travel-friendly breast pump cleaning products. We have a wide range of cleaning brushes and accessories for electric breast pumps, portable breast pumps and more, perfect for keeping your breast pump clean on the go. Ensure your breast pump is clean and ready to use wherever you go.

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