Bottle Feeding Hygiene – Tips to Bottle Feed your Baby the Healthy Way

Milk is known to be an ideal breeding background for bacteria. It can cause infection and gastroenteritis, which is dangerous for babies. Hence, it is crucial to wash and sterilize all bottles and nipples prior to each use.

Newborn babies (regardless of whether they are breastfed) have an underdeveloped immune system. Their capacity to fight infections and diseases is limited. Feeds from bottles can make your baby ill if you don’t take apt measures. This is due to the contamination bottles are prone to.

The only best way to ensure that bottles are really clean is to sterilise them after washing them. Luckily, you can come across a number of methods for sterilising. You can choose one as per your specific requirements and budget. Once a bottle is sterilised you need to ensure that it doesn’t become contaminated before the next feed. Also the milk should be prepared and stored correctly to keep them bacteria free.

How to Wash Feeding Bottles

Step 1: Using a bottle brush and warm soapy water, wash the milk. Rinse well.

Step 2: Turn the nipples inside out and wash well. Also run water through the hole to ensure all traces milk is removed.

Sterilizing Feeding Bottles

Boiling

This is one of the oldest methods used by parents to sterilize the bottles. You need to heat the pan containing the bottles till the water starts boiling. Allow the water to boil for at least 10 minutes after this. Make sure you add the nipple and the bottle cap in the last 2 -3 minutes. It is advisable not to boil all the bottles at one time. This can promote infection due to multiple handling.

Machine

This is also an effective method to sterilize the bottles. You must read the manufacturer’s guidelines carefully when sterilizing the feeding bottles.

Bottle Feeding Hygiene – Do’s & Donts

  • The bottle, nipple and cover must be sterilized for each feed.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before preparing a feed.
  • The utensils used for preparing a feed must first be washed with boiling water.
  • Strictly avoid bottles made from steel or silver
  • Do not touch the inside of the sterilized bottle.
  • Handle the sterilized nipple only from its sides.
  • Discard any leftover milk immediately.
  • Feeds must be freshly prepared.
  • In case, you wish to carry feed in car, carry the water and formula separately.
  • Keep tabs on the size of the hole of the nipple. Milk should flow easily but drop by drop. Make sure the hole isn’t too large as it can choke the baby. Holes that are too small can exhaust baby while sucking.

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