Memorial Hermann - A New Beginning

SANITIZE YOUR BREAST PUMP PARTS Note: If you use a dishwasher with hot water and a heating drying cycle (or sanitizing setting) to clean items, a separate sanitizing step is not necessary. Sanitizing at least once a day is particularly important when your baby is younger than 3 months, was born prematurely, or has a weakened immune system. Don’t forget to sanitize wash basins and bottle brush. 1. Place disassembled pump parts into a pot and cover with water. 2. Put the pot over heat and bring to a boil. 3. Boil for 5 minutes. 4. Remove items using clean tongs. Steam 1. Place disassembled items in microwave or plug-in steam system and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for sanitizing, cooling, and drying the items. Boil

Bleach (if you can’t boil, steam, or use a dishwasher)

1. Prepare a bleach solution of 1 teaspoon of unscented bleach per gallon (16 cups) of water in a clean wash basin. 2. Submerge all items completely, checking that the solution touches all parts and there are no air bubbles in the storage bottles.

3. Soak items in solution for at least 2 minutes.

4. Remove with clean hands or tongs. Do not rinse because germs could get back onto the sanitized items. Any remaining bleach will break down quickly as it dries and will not hurt your baby. This process is similar to what is done to sanitize dishes in restaurants.

Breastfeeding Checklist If you can answer “yes” to each of these questions when your baby is one week old, then you know breastfeeding is going well. If you answer “no” to any of these questions, call your baby’s doctor, a breastfeeding consultant or a lactation support group. Getting help early is best for successful, enjoyable breastfeeding. • Are you enjoying breastfeeding your baby?

• Is your baby getting only breast milk? (no formula or water) • Does your baby breastfeed at least 8 times each 24 hours?

• Does your baby finish the first breast before you offer the other side? • Is your baby happy or sleepy after breastfeeding? (not needing a pacifier) • Are your breasts and nipples comfortable? If you have sore nipples contact your provider or a lactation consultant. • Are you able to rest or nap during the day when your baby sleeps? • Does your baby have at least 6 very wet diapers each day? • Does your baby have at least 4 yellow bowel movements each day?


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