Breast pump safety

The month of August is National Breastfeeding Month, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising new mothers to read up on safety considerations when using breast pumps.

Breast pumps, which are considered medical devices and are regulated by the FDA, are used to extract milk, maintain or increase a woman’s milk supply, and relieve engorged breasts. But, the FDA says in a recent bulletin, there are important safety issues to know before using one.

“Consumers should be aware of the hazards of renting or sharing a breast pump that is not designed for multiple users—even with family and friends,” says H. Paige Lewter, an electrical engineer and device reviewer in the FDA’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices branch. “Contaminated breast pumps could cause you and your baby to develop an infection.”

You can read the FDA’s Consumer Update, “What to Know When Buying or Using a Breast Pump” here. 

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