What do I do if milk gets behind the faceplate on the Medela Pump In Style?

Clean the faceplate monthly. Also, inspect tubing after each pumping session. Clean tubing and faceplate if there is any sign of condensation and/or milk.


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

NOTE: Tubing should be washed if dirty or milk is present.

NOTE: Make sure faceplate and diaphragm are completely dry before reseating.

NOTE: The faceplate must be seated correctly and snapped together at all connection points. This ensures the pump will have adequate vacuum and optimum performance.

  1. Turn off breast pump
  2. Unplug breast pump from power source.
  3. Remove tubing by pulling straight out of tubing ports. Do not wiggle or pull tubing at an angle.
  4. Remove tubing from breast shield.
  5. Rinse tubing in cool water to remove breastmilk.
  6. Wash tubing in warm soapy water.
  • Rinse tubing with clear water.
  • Hang to air dry.
  1. Snap off the faceplate using the thumb tab.
  2. Soak in warm soapy water for 5 minutes.
  • Clean with a clean dish-cloth or soft brush
  • Rinse parts with clear water.
  • Allow to air dry in a clean area.
  1. Wipe diaphragm with a clean (no soap), damp cloth.
  • Allow to air dry in a clean area.
  1. Locate the 3 connection points on the reverse side of the faceplate and on the pump.
  2. Align connection points and hold back of pump with one hand while pushing on the faceplate until it snaps into place.