Even though all Motif pumps are closed pumping systems, there is still a small chance that breast milk may get in the tubing, as with any pump. If this happens, it’s essential to replace the tubing as soon as possible to ensure that no residue, bacteria, or mold develop in your breast pump.
Why Do I Need To Replace The Tubing?
Wet tubing is not safe for the mother, baby or your breast pump! Breast pump tubing can never be completely sanitized and dried. Any time moisture gets in the tubing it leaves your pumps motor at risk. This moisture can be sucked back into the pump causing damage. The best way to ensure the milk from your breast pump is clean and safe is to ensure all the parts are clean and sterile!
What To Do If Milk Gets In The Tubing:
- As soon as you notice it, turn off the breast pump.
- Once off, disconnect the tubing from pump, and the diaphragm top.
- Remove the milk from tubing and diaphragm. Clean the diaphragm as usual.
- Clean the tubing by rinsing it with cool water
- Hang tubing to dry. Tubing must be dry before using it again.
- Replace tubing ASAP. Only use the dried tubing if no other option is available.
To prevent backflow of milk into the tubing in the future, here are a few tips:
- Pump while sitting upright, do not lean over or lay down. This can cause milk to get past the backflow protector, or diaphragm.
- Inspect your diaphragms for tears. Tears will let milk backflow into the tube.
- Replace the diaphragms at least every 90 days of use.
- Check to make sure diaphragm is assembled correctly before each use.