hi im pregnant and keep hearing/ reading about the need to sterilise everything eh? surely if i bf then i dont need to sterilise anything? and if im wrong, what do i need to sterilize? and why, surely in the past (as in our ancestors) mothers didn't serilize did they? help im so ignorant!
If you use things like a dummy, which they put in their mouth, then those things ought to be sterilised. And if you ever want to give baby water (which you probably wn't as most bf mums just ffer breast if baby seems thirsty), then you'd need to use boiked cooled water, from a spoon or bottle which was sterilised.
Our ancestors all bf exclusively, and did't have dummies, so the issue never came up...
You're absolutely right, you won't need to sterilise anything for normal breastfeeding. If you use nipple shields, or express milk with a breastpump to feed in a bottle, you will. You still don't need to buy any special kit though - you can boil things for 6 minutes in a perfectly ordinary saucepan, like our mothers used to do!