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How to Clean, Sanitize, and Store Infant Feeding Items

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HOW TO CLEAN, SANITIZE, AND STORE INFANT FEEDING ITEMS

Follow these steps for cleaning your infant’s feeding items to help prevent germs from contaminating the milk you feed your baby.

WHAT ARE INFANT FEEDING ITEMS?
Infant feeding items include bottles and the nipples, rings, and caps that go with them. Certain bottles also may include valves or membranes. Some infants may be fed with a syringe, medicine cup, spoon, or supplemental nursing system.

FOR EXTRA PROTECTION, SANITIZE.

Note: If you use a dishwasher with hot water and a heating drying cycle (or sanitizing setting) to clean infant feeding items, a separate sanitizing step is not necessary.

For extra germ removal, sanitize feeding items at least once daily. Sanitizing is particularly important when your baby is younger than 3 months, was born prematurely, or has a weakened immune system. Daily sanitizing of feeding items may not be necessary for older, healthy babies, if those items are cleaned carefully after each use.

Before sanitizing, make sure you have cleaned feeding items, bottle brushes, and wash basins using one of the methods above. Sanitize all items (even the bottle brush and wash basin!) by using one of the following options. Check with the item’s manufacturer about which method to use.
-Boil or
-Steam

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention