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How do I clean and sanitize Elvie Stride?

Elvie Stride is not provided sterile. This means it must be cleaned and sanitized before first use.

For additional cleaning guidelines see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Keeping your pump clean is then a simple but important part of its upkeep. 

Cleaning washable components that come into contact with milk as soon as possible after pumping prevents the buildup of dry milk residue. Residue can cause the growth of bacteria that may be harmful to you and your baby.

If you’re cleaning your pump for the first time, remove the Cup Seal by peeling it out of the grooves on the sides of the Cup Front. 

To replace the Cup Seal, stretch it over the outer rim of the Cup Front. Make sure it goes on with the ridges facing outwards. Press along the groove, checking that it is snugly in place all the way around.

The Cup Seal only needs to be removed before first use. During normal cleaning, it can stay in place

Put these parts to one side. They are non-washable and should be kept dry. They can be wiped clean with a damp cloth, but not submerged in water. They must not be microwaved.

To clean and sanitize your pump:

1. Start by taking the Cup apart

2. Using the Finger Grips, pull the Cup Front away from the Breast Shield. There is a strong seal between the Cup Front and Breast Shield. This means that it can take a firm, controlled pull to separate them

3. Pull the Valve out of the Breast Shield and then remove the Diaphragm

4. Before you use your pump for the first time, remove the Cup Seal by peeling it out of the grooves on the sides of the Cup Front. The Cup Seal only needs to be removed before first use. During normal cleaning, it can stay in place

You’ll need to clean and sanitize these parts:

Clean these parts by either:

  1. Rinsing in cold, clear water

  2. Washing in warm water using mild dish soap

  3. Rinsing with cold, clear water for 10 to 15 seconds


Do not place the parts directly in the kitchen sink for rinsing and washing. Use a dedicated wash basin for infant feeding.

Or

By putting them in the dishwasher on the top shelf.


You will then need to sanitize them. You can do this by either:

  • Putting them in boiling water for five minutes

  • Using microwave, steam or cold water sanitization

We do not recommend microwave or steam sanitizing for more than five minutes.
If you’re using a microwave or steam sanitizer, please always check the manufacturer's instructions. 
When you’re using your pump, please follow this routine:

  • Clean after every use

  • Sanitize once daily

Before you assemble your pump, please make sure all the components are dry. 

Do not store wet or damp parts, as mold may develop.

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