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Q&A: Do I Need to Sterilize?

Do I have to sterilize my bottles and/or nipples?
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ByErin van Vuuren
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January 30, 2017
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If baby is healthy and at home (not sick or in the hospital), there’s no need to sterilize her bottles or nipples. Washing them in hot, soapy water or a dishwasher before each use will do just fine.

However, if you’re pumping for a baby that is in the hospital, most doctors will recommend sterilizing her feeding equipment. Ask your hospital for their specific milk storage guidelines for your baby’s special needs.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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