How to Sterilize Baby Bottles in 9 Easy Steps

How to Sterilize Baby Bottles in 9 Easy Steps

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Question:

“My baby is 2 months old and I need to return to work next week. I am planning on pumping at work. My mother-in-law will bottle feed my milk while I am gone. Do I need to sterilize his bottles?”

 

We Answer:

It is recommended that you sterilize baby bottles, nipples, rings and lids until your baby is 4 months old. Around that age, you will notice him start to pick up objects and put them in his mouth; you can then discontinue sterilizing.

See below for photos and descriptions of how to sterilize.

Other posts you may find helpful: Pumping Breast Milk – Everything You Need to Know! and How to Safely Store Your Breast Milk.

 

How to Sterilize

 

1. Before you begin, wash your hands with soap and warm water.

 

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2. Work surfaces should be as clean as possible.
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3. Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil.
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4. Separate the bottle pieces, wash in hot soapy water and rinse well.
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5. A bottlebrush may help to clean residue from the bottles. Take care to ensure the nipple holes are not plugged.
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6. When the water is at a rolling boil, completely submerge all the bottle equipment, (including a pair of tongs) in the water.
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7. Boil for 2 minutes.
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8. When the water is cool, remove the items with the tongs and place them on a rack or clean towel to dry.
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9. Once they are dry, store them in a clean area until use.
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Other posts you may enjoy: How to Avoid Nipple Confusion and Does Baby Need to Burp after Every Feed?


phpTJhnGTPMCindy and Jana are Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have assisted over 20,000 families.

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