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Sterilising bottles - is it really necessary and how long for?

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NameChange30 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:17:29

DH and I are debating this at the moment. The NHS and WHO advice is to sterilise bottles and other feeding equipment for a year. But in his country (EU, good healthcare) they say sterilising isn't necessary. I can see both sides of the argument but I'm leaning towards sterilising at the tiny newborn stage, just in case. But how long should we do it for? A year does seem excessive, I was thinking about 3 months...

If anyone could share experiences and/or advice (or even evidence/research on the subject) I'd appreciate it!


QuiteLikely5 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:18:59

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NameChange30 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:20:30

(If it makes a difference, my plan is to do a mixture of breastfeeding and bottle-feeding expressed milk... if it works out! I don't know if there is a greater need to sterilise when formula feeding...)

NameChange30 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:21:12

Wtf quite? What's your problem?!

Wishiwasmoiradingle2017 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:21:40

Daily mail gonna love this one...

NameChange30 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:22:52

Ah you think I'm a journo because of that news story. I'm honestly not (search my posting history if you want!)

We've been discussing it over the last few days and the news story was interesting timing to say the least. I read it with a pinch of salt.

Sweets101 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:22:54

Quite said exactly what I was thinking.
Why would you not sterilize? confused

kel1234 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:23:05

As long as you use formula you should sterilise bottles and teats.
However things like teething rings and similar is until 6 months.
I can't believe you think it's excessive. It's about the safety for your child.
Whichever form of sterilising you use, it really doesn't take long at all.
My lo is 17 months and has been exclusive formula fed from birth, and will be having toddler formula until he stops having milk. We will sterilise his bottles until he stops having them (probably around 3 years of age). I cold water sterilise using Milton fluid.

NameChange30 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:23:07

My username doesn't help does it grin

ReginaGeorgeinSheepsClothing Fri 17-Feb-17 14:23:08

Is this anything to do with current news story which is going on about how child was taken into care allegedly because "parents wouldn't sterilise bottles" and now are suing social work?

anyname123 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:23:43

Obviously your husband knows more than the WHO and NHS, so do whatever you want to do with your newborn baby confused

NameChange30 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:24:20

"Why would you not sterilize?"

If you genuinely believe it's unnecessary... I'm not saying it is, I'm just asking the question. Why the fuck is that so unacceptable?!

TheMasterNotMargarita Fri 17-Feb-17 14:25:00

We are just beginning to wean and have been told to sterilise all feeding equipment until 6 months then afterwards not to bother confused.
DS is 5 1/2 months. Not sure what magically happens in 2 weeks! I haven't sterilised. Any spoons.or.bowls and he's been fine.
I will however still sterilise the bottles as we got easy peasy microwavable ones that.only.take a few.minutes. once he's drinking from a cup I won't bother.

Soubriquet Fri 17-Feb-17 14:25:12

Sterilising is necessary

At least for a minimum of 6 months

Lugeeta Fri 17-Feb-17 14:26:01

I think if it's breastmilk there is no need to sterilise, I never did but if using formula I probably would for the first 6 months or so. Or wash the bottles in the dishwasher and that will sterilise them?

savagehk Fri 17-Feb-17 14:26:14

Personally, I never 'sterilised' bottles when using EBM. I washed them in hot soapy water, with a dedicated set of gloves & scrubbers used only for that purpose. (We didn't have a dishwasher at the time). I would sterilise for formula.

FATEdestiny Fri 17-Feb-17 14:29:37

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NameChange30 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:32:46

"Or wash the bottles in the dishwasher and that will sterilise them?"
Washing the bottles doesn't sterilise them.
Obviously we intend to wash everything.

It seems that people think it is more necessary for formula than breast milk. (I did say in my second post that I intend to feed breast milk if possible.)

NameChange30 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:33:51

ODFOD. Or at least read my posts.

Babyiwantabump Fri 17-Feb-17 14:36:23

According to la leche league sterilising is required always with breast milk when expressing.

I always sterilise everything when giving EBM . Even now when baby is 13 months .

NameChange30 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:37:47

Thank you baby

Finally a constructive answer

Pointeshoes Fri 17-Feb-17 14:38:13

I express and use formula for my twins- just sterilise the bottles and don't be so lazy! It's not worth your baby being ill over.

MagicMoments22 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:38:21

washing bottles in the dish washer will not sterilise them

Babyiwantabump Fri 17-Feb-17 14:38:33

Plus - expressing is hard! I wouldn't want to risk ruining a batch of EBM by not sterilising equipment used .

It doesn't take long to sterilise pumps etc - mine has a microwave box that takes 6 minutes .

NameChange30 Fri 17-Feb-17 14:39:31

"don't be so lazy"
Fuck off
I'm asking a fucking question

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