While having a newborn at home can bring lots of happiness and joy. It’s hard to escape the feeling of overwhelm as you want to protect and keep your baby’s source of nourishment – your breast milk, clean!
You might notice certain bugs close to your breast pump kit, which could raise the question – are fleas attracted to breast milk?
Are fleas attracted to breast milk?
There is no scientific research that concludes fleas are attracted to breast milk. In fact, since fleas feed on blood. It is highly unlikely they are attracted to breast milk.
If you find a few fleas in and around your breast pump kit, they could have gotten there accidentally and the following tips will protect your breast milk from fleas.
Tips to protect your breast milk from fleas
Seal the milk collection bag and label it with the date and time and quickly place it in your refrigerator or freezer.
Take your breast pump kit apart, separate all the parts that come in contact with your breast and breast milk and inspect it carefully.
Rinse all the breast pump kit parts that came in contact with your breast under running water to remove any remaining milk and keep a close eye to see if you can spot any fleas.
Clean the pump kit after washing it under running water by scrubbing, rinsing, and drying it.
Extra tips to keep your breast pump safe from fleas
To ensure all germs are removed, sanitize your pump parts at least once a day.
It is important to do this especially when your baby is less than 3 months old.
Daily sanitizing of your pump parts will ensure no fleas are stuck in various parts of your pump and this will give you peace of mind.
The above tips should keep fleas away from your breast pump kit and breast milk ensuring the safety of your little baby.