Excessive hygiene often does more harm than good. On the other hand, basic hygiene measures are essential – especially when feeding the baby.
Hygiene When Handling Infant Formula
Ready-made infant formula from the trade is produced with a very high standard of hygiene. In order to obtain this, please observe the following hygiene instructions for handling the bottle milk:
- Only use drinking water freshly taken from the tap. Let the water run out until it flows cold out of the tap. Only then can you remove the required amount and heat it up to prepare the milk. If you use mineral water approved for baby food, keep the opened water bottles in the refrigerator and boil this water beforehand if you are going to use it again.
- Keep opened milk powder packaging tightly closed and in a dry place. The powder should not get wet.
- With all due care, bacteria can multiply in the milk. Therefore, do not prepare bottles in advance, always only prepare the required amount immediately before the meal. Don’t forget to wash your hands beforehand.
- Even when you are out and about or at night, you should not store finished bottle food in warming containers. It is better to take boiled water in a thermos bottle and the right amount of powder in the boiled bottle separately.
- Leftovers from finished milk must not be reused. Pour them away immediately.
Cleaning & Co.: Hygiene With The Teat Bottle
The bottle and teat should be carefully cleaned immediately after each use – whether with expressed breast milk or infant formula.
- Rinse the bottle and teat immediately after the meal with hot water and washing-up liquid so that no milk deposit adheres, which is later difficult to remove. The bottle brush should only be used for the baby bottles.
- Place the bottles with the opening facing down on a clean cloth to dry.
- Occasionally boil out rubber teats. This is not necessary with silicone teats. Rubber suction cups – in contrast to silicone suction cups – can become porous over time, so that bacteria can collect in the small cracks.
- For storage, it is best to cover bottles and teats with a fresh kitchen towel.
- For bottle warmers with water bath technology, clean the device every twelve hours and change the water.
- Avoid drinking from the bottle yourself, for example to check the temperature. This allows you to transfer caries bacteria to your child – even if they do not yet have teeth.