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Sterilising your breast pump and bottles after each use is highly important for hygiene and the safety of yourself, baby and milk. It is vital to ensure no milk residue remains after you have completed a pumping session, making sure the pump and accessories are clean and dry before your next session.
Just like storing milk, sterilising has a few guidelines and rules to ensure the highest level of safety and hygiene, in this blog we discuss some of the different sterilising techniques, our preferred methods for our products, and some guidelines on when sterilising vs. cleaning is appropriate.
In New Zealand the recommendation for sterilising baby equipment is to do so until your baby is at least 3 months old and after that thorough washing and rinsing are enough. It is important to note that general hand hygiene plays an important role when preparing bottles or pumping.
Common methods that you may have previously heard of include; Boiling Water Method, Microwave Steamer Method, Milton Solution Method or the use of a UV Steriliser.
TheMilkbar Advanced Flow Breast Pumps and Kits are best cared for by following either the Boiling Water Method, Steamer Method or using aUV Steriliser(more about this below), as the Milton solution and other powdered solutions are too harsh on the liquid grade silicone and causes it to be more prone to wear and tear, which requires it to be replaced more often as well as potentially causing a decrease in suction power when pumping.
Boiling works by raising the temperature high enough to kill any bacteria left over after washing.
Re-boil the bottle and other equipment if it is not used within 24 hours.
Much like boiling, steaming works by raising the temperature high enough to kill bacteria. There are several different types of sterilisers available — follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer
This is our favorite method to date, our brand newUV steriliser is a game changer in sterilising, drying and storing
When and what you need to Sterilise
Sterilising vs Cleaning
We also note, it is recommended to pre-boil and cool drinking water for your baby (up to 12months)
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