11. Sterilization of Bottles and Water
a. Wash your hands well.
b. If sterilization of bottles is
not required, clean the bottles and nipples vigorously with soap and water,
c. If sterilization of water is not
necessary, mix tap water with formula as indicated and according to instructions.
d. If preparing bottles of formula
for storage, always use boiled water for mixing to decrease the growth
of bacteria (germs).
e. If sterilization of equipment is
necessary, follow this procedure.
1) Identify the type of equipment
to be used. If a commercial sterilizer, review the instructions for its
proper use. If sterilizing of equipment is to be done on the stove, assemble
the following equipment and then continue with the sterilization procedure.
(b) Bottle brush
(c) Dishwashing detergent
(d) Hot water from tap
(e) Large pot with cover
(f) Small towel
(g) Tap water
(h) Timer, watch, or clock
(j) Clean, empty jar
2) Wash your hands.
3) Scrub the bottles, nipples, and caps
with hot soapy water. Squirt water through the nipple holes to clean out
any dried formula.
4) Rinse well with hot water.
5) Fold a small towel to fit the bottom
of the pot and lay it there to prevent the bottles from breaking. (Use
a towel only if there is no bottle rack available.)
6) Place caps and nipples into a clean
empty jar. Place it into the pot at the center of the bottles.
7) Pour water into and around the bottles
and into the jar holding the nipples and caps until each bottle is 2/3
8) Cover the pot.
9) Place the pot on the burner and turn
burner setting to high or full.
10) Begin timing for 25 minutes after
the water comes to a full boil. Remove the nipples and caps after 15 minutes.
11) After 25 minutes, turn off the burner.
12) Take the cover off the pot and allow
it to cool.
13) Remove the bottles with tongs. Do
not touch the tops or insides of the bottles.
14) Prepare the formula, place formula
in bottles, place nipples and caps on bottles tightly, and cover. Store
in the refrigerator.
f. Never use formula stored in the refrigerator
for longer than 2 days.
g. Formula that has been unrefrigerated
for longer than I hour begins to spoil. Dispose of any formula left out
for more than an hour and begin with a fresh preparation.
h. Remove the chill from the bottle
by placing in a pot of hot tap water for several minutes. Do not heat on
i. Always test the temperature of
the formula on your wrist before feeding to avoid scalding the infant's
j. Procedure for sterilizing tap water.
1) Assemble the following equipment.
(c) Timer, watch, or clock
2) Wash your hands.
3) Fill the saucepan until it is 2/3
full of water.
4) Place the covered saucepan on the
stove and turn the burner to the high setting.
5) Once the water comes to full boil,
set the timer for 20 minutes.
6) Turn off the burner and allow the
water to cool before mixing.