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Sterilization of milk bottles is one of the most important efforts to keep babies he althy. If the feeding bottle is not kept clean, the baby is more at risk of being infected with disease-causing germs. So, what is the right way to sterilize milk bottles?
Baby he alth needs extra attention. The reason is, babies still have a weak immune system, so they are susceptible to infection. So, as a parent, you are required to be more careful in preparing everything that is needed by the baby, including the milk bottle.
How to Wash and Sterilize Baby Milk Bottles
Sterilization of milk bottles is not mandatory every time your little one wants to breastfeed. You only need to sterilize the feeding bottle when the bottle has just been purchased or when you use another baby's bottle to breastfeed your little one.
In addition, sterilization of milk bottles is also necessary when your little one is sick or the water used to wash milk bottles is not guaranteed to be clean.
Before sterilizing, wash the milk bottle first. Then, you can choose to sterilize the milk bottle in the following 3 ways:
1. Milk bottle sterilization with milk bottle steamer
Sterilizing milk bottles using a vaporizer is the most practical and fast way. This machine works by creating high-temperature hot steam that can remove germs in the bottle.The sterilization process using this machine only takes about 8–12 minutes.
Another advantage that you can get is the cleanliness of the bottle which can last up to 6 hours as long as the bottle is stored in a closed sterile machine or container.
It's just that, to get these conveniences and advantages, of course you need to pay extra to buy it. When using, follow the instructions on the machine package.
2. Microwave sterilization of milk bottles
If you have a microwave at home, you can use it to sterilize baby bottles. The trick is to put the bottle, pacifier, and bottle cap into the microwave, then set it on high temperature and heating for 1-2 minutes.
Before using the microwave to sterilize baby bottles, make sure the microwave is clean, odorless, and has no food residue in it.
3. Bottle sterilization by boiling
If you don't have a milk bottle vaporizer or microwave, you can sterilize milk bottles by boiling them. The trick is simply to boil the water until it boils, then boil the baby bottle for about 5 minutes.
After that, lift the bottle using clean food tongs, then place the bottle in a clean place and let it dry. Although practical and inexpensive, sterilization by boiling can make teats and bottles easily damaged.
Baby Milk Bottle Materials to Pay Attention to
Before the sterilization process is carried out, you need to read the product safety listed on the bottle first. This is because some bottles contain bisphenol A (BPA) compounds which can be released when heated and dissolve into milk.
If swallowed by a baby, these chemicals can increase the baby's risk of developing he alth problems, such as impaired growth and development, brain damage, and disorders of the immune system.
If baby bottles contain these ingredients, consider buying another bottle that is BPA-free to make it safer when sterilized.
As much as possible avoid using the same pan for other purposes, such as cooking. If necessary, buy a new pot specifically used for sterilizing baby bottles.
Sterilization of milk bottles is recommended to be carried out regularly until the baby is at least a year old. If you are still confused about the proper way to sterilize a milk bottle or want to ask questions about your baby's he alth, you can consult with your doctor further.