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Sterilising advice for occasional bottle and breast pump users

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dobeessneeze Tue 09-Aug-11 17:05:11

I need help. I have just melted my breast pump, bottles and dummies by trying to use a vegetable steamer to steam sterilise them. I thought I was being very clever by not buying a steriliser when I'm only going to be expressing occasionally, but clearly that plan has backfired.

What do people who express do - do you still have to buy a steriliser or is there a non-melting way of doing it without one? Would hot soapy water and the occasional dunk in boiling water do?


Paschaelina Tue 09-Aug-11 17:07:20

Dont need to specifically sterilise. Properly hot soapy water does a good enough job IMO. If you really want to, get some Milton tablets, water and a tub with a lid and drop it all in for 15 minutes.

Catslikehats Tue 09-Aug-11 17:22:00

Hot soapy water is fine for breast milk.

Secondtimelucky Tue 09-Aug-11 17:50:39

I've heard hot soapy water (or dishwasher, for the bits you can) is fine too. If you want to you can also boil most parts in a large saucepan of hot water. The problem with a vegetable steamer (assume you mean a metal one on top of a saucepan) is they will have been sitting against the hot metal.

TransatlanticCityGirl Tue 09-Aug-11 19:44:12

Dishwasher is fine. I personally use a microwave steriliser which I got on sale for £10 (avent).

HipHopOpotomus Tue 09-Aug-11 23:14:23

I used a travel one from mothercare for breast pump stuff and the odd bottle etc. You can use it with Milton or in microwave and it was about £8. DP now uses it as a lunchbox grin

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 10-Aug-11 05:25:07

Hot soapy water or microwave sterilising bags (I use Medela ones).

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