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Old Feb 27th, 2012, 04:55 AM   11
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I'll probably be shot for admitting this but I've never sterilised anything I breastfeed but LO has an expressed bottle most nights and the bottles either get put in a bowl of boiling water or the top shelf of the dishwasher then put in a cupboard and used whenever. Dummy's are put in boiling water occasionally, otherwise just in my mouth!
I figure all the stuff she chews on/sucks (including my nipple and oh's fingers!) aren't sterilise so as long as they're clean it's fine. LO hasn't had so much as a cold so far! (touching lots of wood, crossing fingers etc!!)
If it's breastmilk in the bottle, then it's a different matter than if it's formula. Formula milk isn't sterile, and provides a perfect breeding ground for germs and bacteria. The reason everything has to be sterile with formula is because the formula isn't sterile, not because the water or the bottle need to be sterile. Whereas breastmilk has got antibacterial properties. You arguably don't ever need to sterilise for breastmilk.

Personally, OP, I wouldn't worry about a dummy being sterilised. As long as it was clean and hadn't been used since being sterilised, I'd be happy to use it. For the bottle, I agree with the PPs - either do a spare bottle each morning or change the bottle in the car every few days so it's never too old. Or buy a few of the pre-sterilised bottles in packets (if they have those where you are), and just throw them away after they've been used.



 
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Old Feb 27th, 2012, 04:59 AM   12
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I'll probably be shot for admitting this but I've never sterilised anything I breastfeed but LO has an expressed bottle most nights and the bottles either get put in a bowl of boiling water or the top shelf of the dishwasher then put in a cupboard and used whenever. Dummy's are put in boiling water occasionally, otherwise just in my mouth!
I figure all the stuff she chews on/sucks (including my nipple and oh's fingers!) aren't sterilise so as long as they're clean it's fine. LO hasn't had so much as a cold so far! (touching lots of wood, crossing fingers etc!!)

If it's breastmilk in the bottle, then it's a different matter than if it's formula. Formula milk isn't sterile, and provides a perfect breeding ground for germs and bacteria. The reason everything has to be sterile with formula is because the formula isn't sterile, not because the water or the bottle need to be sterile. Whereas breastmilk is sterile, and it's got antibacterial properties. You arguably don't ever need to sterilise for breastmilk.


Personally, OP, I wouldn't worry about a dummy being sterilised. As long as it was clean and hadn't been used since being sterilised, I'd be happy to use it. For the bottle, I agree with the PPs - either do a spare bottle each morning or change the bottle in the car every few days so it's never too old. Or buy a few of the pre-sterilised bottles in packets (if they have those where you are), and just throw them away after they've been used.
Interesting. Thanks x



 
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Old Feb 27th, 2012, 05:44 AM   13
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iv been caught out and needed to use a bottle.i asked for some boiling water in cafe and washed it out and made her milk.


if there was steralised bottle in car id make sure no water was in there and change it every week



 
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Old Feb 27th, 2012, 05:46 AM   14
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its also not diff for breast milk yes its sterile but u need a sterile bottle as there could be bacteria on the bottle for eg u use bottle washed it out didnt steralise it bacteria could breed in there surely ?!



 
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I'll probably be shot for admitting this but I've never sterilised anything I breastfeed but LO has an expressed bottle most nights and the bottles either get put in a bowl of boiling water or the top shelf of the dishwasher then put in a cupboard and used whenever. Dummy's are put in boiling water occasionally, otherwise just in my mouth!
I figure all the stuff she chews on/sucks (including my nipple and oh's fingers!) aren't sterilise so as long as they're clean it's fine. LO hasn't had so much as a cold so far! (touching lots of wood, crossing fingers etc!!)
Im the same...did this also with my son 12 years ago and we never had problems, I would just sterilize and put in zip lock bag, your LO will live if the bottle is not sterile!



 
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Old Feb 27th, 2012, 06:08 AM   16
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I'll probably be shot for admitting this but I've never sterilised anything I breastfeed but LO has an expressed bottle most nights and the bottles either get put in a bowl of boiling water or the top shelf of the dishwasher then put in a cupboard and used whenever. Dummy's are put in boiling water occasionally, otherwise just in my mouth!
I figure all the stuff she chews on/sucks (including my nipple and oh's fingers!) aren't sterilise so as long as they're clean it's fine. LO hasn't had so much as a cold so far! (touching lots of wood, crossing fingers etc!!)
Im the same...did this also with my son 12 years ago and we never had problems, I would just sterilize and put in zip lock bag, your LO will live if the bottle is not sterile!
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Old Feb 27th, 2012, 06:13 AM   17
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its also not diff for breast milk yes its sterile but u need a sterile bottle as there could be bacteria on the bottle for eg u use bottle washed it out didnt steralise it bacteria could breed in there surely ?!
Because breastmilk is anti bacterial, I was told that a bottle is cleaner after it's had breastmilk in it than just after it's been washed.

I personally would sterilise anything that came into contact with any sort of milk for a baby, but it's not as dangerous to not sterilise for breastmilk as it is for formula.

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"There is also evidence that if the milk you express does come into contact with germs (keeping pumping equipment sterile in your bag at work isnít always easy), then the bactericidal components of breast milk should be able to take care of them, providing the milk is under two days old."

taken from http://thetruthaboutbreastfeeding.co...f-breast-milk/



 
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Old Feb 27th, 2012, 06:18 AM   18
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I'll probably be shot for admitting this but I've never sterilised anything I breastfeed but LO has an expressed bottle most nights and the bottles either get put in a bowl of boiling water or the top shelf of the dishwasher then put in a cupboard and used whenever. Dummy's are put in boiling water occasionally, otherwise just in my mouth!
I figure all the stuff she chews on/sucks (including my nipple and oh's fingers!) aren't sterilise so as long as they're clean it's fine. LO hasn't had so much as a cold so far! (touching lots of wood, crossing fingers etc!!)
I do this exactly



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i run romans dummies under a boiling stream of water now and then but not everytime it comes out of his mouth.



 
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In my emergency bag that I keep in the car I have unsterilised dummies, but have Tommee Tippee sterilising soother&teat wipes. I also have the "nurture" disposable sterile bottles - they're collapsible (basically a sterilised teat and a "bag" instead of a bottle) and don't take up much room at all (you can buy a pack of 6 in Boots in either medium or fast flow), so I have a couple of those and a couple of cartons (as well as stuff for me to eat like cereal bars, a bottle of water etc) and some nappies, a change of clothes for LO etc.



 
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