Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 11:57 am
Post subject: Bottle Sterilisation
I use a steam steriliser and the guidelines say that the bottles are sterile for up to 3 hours if the lid remains on, however, as bottles should only be made up as and when required, do I then have to sterlisie all the remaing bottles again ????
Or should I fill all the bottles with cool boiled water and re-heat to 70 degrees and add formula as required???
Thanks, looking forward to your reply
Very confused !
Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:08 pm
This goes against all the advise, but having spoken to my HV and midwife, it is perfectly okay to make up all your feeds every 24 hours.
Make sure you do so in a sterile and clean environment with cleaned work surfaces and hands etc, and there is no problem.
I used to make as required, and I promise you will not look back. They used to do this until very recently, but the guidelines are directed at the 'not so clean' new parents. Also, if you aren't very hygeneic, or leave the made up bottles out at room temperature, etc etc, then the manufacturers are scared of litigation.
I boil the kettle and after the 30 minutes, make up 6 bottles every evening, and then put in the microwave when required. Again, this goes against the guidelines, but that advise is aimed at the people who do not properly shake the bottle before feeding, and there may be chance of a hot bubble hurting the baby.
There really is not difference in expressing breast milk and storing in a sterilised bottle in the fridge until required.
You will not look back.
Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:57 pm
Post subject: Bottle sterilisation
Im gonna get shot down in bits here but i make bottles up and store them in the fridge then warm up in a jug of hot water, but they are all used in less then 24 hours!!!!! All this new legislation , there are that many horror stories, and guidelines, do's and dont's to follow one day no one will know what to do!!!!!
Its all very well the government saying we are not to pre make bottles but how many of them get up during the night, put the steamer on wait for 8-10mins, boil the kettle, mix the formula then wait for it to cool down, in the mean time baby is screaming the place down because they have to wait!!!!!!
Sorry but i would rather have a baby who is calm and content and get a half decent nights sleep
Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:36 am
my son is nrly 6months old and from birth, my health visitor has said it is fine to heat bottles up in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it through, as long as you test it before feeding to your baby! I dont really see what difference it makes heating in the microwave to heating in a jug of water?????
My son has never been ill since birth, so dont really see what harm it does?
I also think that if you protect every germ from your baby for years and keep every type of germ and bacteria as far away from your baby as possible, they will never be able to build up an immune system and never be able to fight off anything they may get very easily such as colds etc!
Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:47 pm
Well I will definately not be microwaving my babys bottles in case of hot spots!!!
As for babys having to come across germs to build an immune system, yes I agree, but you have to be very careful with anything that has had milk in as the bacteria can grow rapidly! Should we not bother sterilizing at all then??
My son comes across many germs from his toys, and from rolling around on the carpet, I think thats plenty to get his immune system built up for the time being
Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:29 am
My health visitor said a big No No to heating in microwave, surely its a completely different kind of heating in microwave, all those waves heating from the inside to out or wotever??Oh well we all do what we think is best for our baby
As long as our babys our thriving thats the main thing