Sterlisation of bottles and pacifiers is important for the first 6 months of your baby's life. This is because your baby's immune system is still developing & by 6 months of age, babies are usually putting everything in their mouths and picking up germs from their surrounds...
If you are exclusively expressing breastmilk & bottle-feeding, there is no need to sterilise your bottles as breastmilk has live cells which actively destroy foreign pathogens (germs). All you need to do is to wash your bottles/teats in hot soapy water and air dry!
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Kellie Eason RN, RM, IBCLC
Nurse, Midwife, IBCLC, Infant Feeding Therapist, Birth & Parenting Educator, Baby Sleep & Settling Consultant