Do you find yourself in an endless cycle of sterilizing your baby's bottles? Well, here's some good news...pacifiers and bottles don't need to be sterilized everyday. Here's why: excessive boiling of pacifiers, bottles and nipples causes additional wear and tear which in turn has you buying more of these items to replace the old, damaged ones.
Additionally, if these items contain the harmful hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), boiling these items can cause the BPA to leach out of the plastic and contaminate your baby's milk. Instead of boiling your baby's bottles, nipples and pacifiers everyday, boil them once before the first use and then after your baby has recovered from any illness.
To sterilize your bottles and pacifiers follow these simple steps:
- Place the items in a pot filled with water and bring boil.
- Boil for approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove with tongs (to avoid burning your hand).
Place on a dish rack or towel and allow to air dry.
After the first use, bottles and pacifiers can be hand washed or placed in the top rack of the dishwasher. Some experts say that boiling is not required before the first use, but I believe it's best to be safe than sorry.
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Author : Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST