Q: Do I have to wash my pump parts every time I use them at work?
If you have the time and space to do so, absolutely wash pump parts between uses. If you don’t have the ability to wash pump parts while at work, it’s worth investing in a second set of flanges. Bring both sets to work and wash them when you get home.
Some pumpers recommend placing your flanges in a plastic storage bag inside the refrigerator between uses, but this is not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can read the CDC guidelines for keeping your pump parts clean here.
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