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A 30-year-old female asked:

Wash newborn bottles w hot soapy water by hand/ air dry. do i need to sterilize? can listeria get in bottles this way? thank you

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Dr. Chi Nguyen
Pediatrics 25 years experience
No.: You don’t need to sterilize the bottle as long as you wash it with soap and keep them in a clean area, away from where you cook. Most important is your hands must be clean with you prepare the bottles. Sterilized bottles can be dirty at an instant when you touch it with dirty hands. Hope this help.
Last updated Feb 5, 2019


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