Breast pump accessories do need replacing regularly to maintain performance. After a while some parts wear down and can fray or become over stretched. This results in a loss of suction when you are using your pump. Unfortunately, lots of mums notice that the pump isn’t working as well as it did. And think there’s something wrong with the pump, or (even worse) that there’s a problem with their milk supply. Usually these problems can be easily solved by replacing your pump’s accessories.
Accessory Replacement is highly variable depending on how often you pump and how you clean / sterilise the parts.
VALVES – reduced suction when pumping is often the first sign that your valves need replacing. You should expect to need to replace your valves every 2 to 3 months if pumping regularly. The top of the valve is quite delicate and can be susceptible to fraying or tiny tears. So if you notice reduced suction or lower milk output then examine this area carefully. Your valves will last longer if you avoid cleaning them in the dishwasher and use a steriliser instead of boiling them in water. It’s very reasonable to have spare valves on hand and we recommend you have some spare at home.
TUBING, BACK FLOW PROTECTOR, BREAST SHIELD – keep an eye out for buildup of residue in any of these accessories. Sometimes the most rigorous cleaning routine is no match for hard to reach places, and over time milk buildup does occur. For this reason we recommend replacement every 6 months. And in general, always replace parts if you see they are torn, distorted, or cracked. In plastic parts, sometimes discoloration can occur as resulting from the sterilisation process. This does not impact the usability of the parts and they do not need to be replaced when this happens.