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Old Jun 11th, 2017, 16:50 PM   1
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Using a Flask for Formula Feeds?


I'd really appreciate some advice on this.

I was talking to my HV, and I mentioned how difficult it would be to follow the instructions on the formula regarding waiting 30 minutes for cooled boiled water before making up a feed (it means baby could wake for a feed and end up waiting for 40 minutes before getting it, by which time he'd go mad! LOL)

Anyway, it was suggested that when going out, or for night-time feeds, I could consider using a flask.

I have a brand new stainless steel flask in my house, and wondered(sorry if it's a stupid question) ...How do I ensure the flask itself is safely clean fill in the water for the feeds? Obviously all my actual baby bottles are thoroughly sterilised, after being washed with soap and hot water, but is there a specific way to ensure the flask itself is clean? Or is the fact that I fill it with boiling water make it safe? (As in, boiling water is sterile etc) ...It's a new one - I have not even used it before and want to know how to make sure it's clean to use for the first time.



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Old Jun 11th, 2017, 16:52 PM   2
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*Sorry I made a typing mistake in that post: I am basically asking how to make sure the stainless steel flask is thoroughly clean and safe to use for the first time for baby? Do I just rinse it with boiling water before I use it for the formula, to ensure it's clean?



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Old Jun 11th, 2017, 16:55 PM   3
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Boiling water should be fine but u could buy some Milton if you are worried and use that



 
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Old Jun 11th, 2017, 17:56 PM   4
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Seconding the sterilising tablets if it worries you; where I live they sell them in Boots with baby bottles etc. If you have a dishwasher that should be adequate to sterilise them from what I've read online, but I understand wanting to do more than that (I did!)



 
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Old Jun 12th, 2017, 12:18 PM   5
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thank you, both.

I thought it made sense, to use Milton like I would with bottles however there was stuff online saying some sanitisers are corrosive on stainless steel. Really strange. I guess I really have no choice but to use boiling water then.

Is there any members here who have used flask method of feeding and if so how did you clean it?



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Old Jun 12th, 2017, 16:49 PM   6
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I wash my flask out once in a while in soapy water. I don't really like using Milton - that is my personal preference though. I know a lot of people use it. I'd definitely recommend using a flask. Is much easier and means you'll always have water at the right temperature to hand.



 
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Old Jun 13th, 2017, 01:11 AM   7
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I wash my flask out once in a while in soapy water. I don't really like using Milton - that is my personal preference though. I know a lot of people use it. I'd definitely recommend using a flask. Is much easier and means you'll always have water at the right temperature to hand.
Thank you. I definitely want to use a flask, I just wondered the best way to clean it especially after reading not to clean stainless steel with Milton etc. So I think I will do as you said - wash in warm soapy water then rinse and clean out in boiling water. Did you find any type of flask does the trick? I have two new 500ml stainless steel. I hope they will be ok.



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Old Jun 13th, 2017, 05:06 AM   8
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I didn't breastfeed because I didn't have my own milk, so both my babies were fed on formula. I used these Avent bottles

http://kidishare.com/philips-avent-bottles-set/

and this Avent sterilizer.

http://kidishare.com/philips-avent-m...am-sterilizer/

At the beginning I washed the bottles with soap and then sterilised them in the microwave steam sterilizer every day. Then when my babies were around 4 months I still washed the bottles every day, but I sterilised them just twice a week.
The sterilizer is very practical. You just wash the bottles (and also other baby stuff like pacifiers), you put them in the sterilizer and then you put it in the microwave for a few minutes. Really easy to use!!! I really recommend it! It saves you a lot of time and energy



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Old Jun 14th, 2017, 08:27 AM   9
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Heres what we do in regards to formula.

*clean and sterilize bottles.
*boil kettle.
*in each bottle (make 4 at a time) put in how many oz baby is taking.
*put teats and lids on bottles.
*leave at room temperature.
*add formula as needed.

You can warm bottles if u want to but even in the hospital now they give baby formula at room temp!

This way you have a clean sterilized bottle with water ready to be used when u need it! We used the flask for my son for a while (hes now 3) then we realized we could feed at room temp so started doing it this way.

My HV knows i do it this way (with our daughter now 7weeks) and I think it is the most standard way nowadays.

Oh and I second the microwave sterilizer. Its much easier n takes up less room than an electric too!!



 
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I wash my flask out once in a while in soapy water. I don't really like using Milton - that is my personal preference though. I know a lot of people use it. I'd definitely recommend using a flask. Is much easier and means you'll always have water at the right temperature to hand.
Thank you. I definitely want to use a flask, I just wondered the best way to clean it especially after reading not to clean stainless steel with Milton etc. So I think I will do as you said - wash in warm soapy water then rinse and clean out in boiling water. Did you find any type of flask does the trick? I have two new 500ml stainless steel. I hope they will be ok.
I use this one: Thermos Stainless King Flask, 470 ml - Midnight Blue https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001ET6P..._nBOPvVaB1B4Jt. You can get two feeds in it. It's brill because it keeps water hot enough overnight. Any thermos flask should be ok although I've found in the past the cheap ones don't retain heat as well.



 
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