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JulesP Tue 30-May-06 20:58:26

OK! so I'm a new mum who's reasonably together but am totally freaked out by the scare stories surrounding rampant bacteria in powdered milk. However, as I'm by myself I find the current recommendations for making up a feed unmanageable.

Does anyone have any advice on ways to make it easier? Also if you can only make up one bottle at a time and you've got a steriliser that does 6 at a time how does everyone else manage (have visions of having to sterlise 1 bottle at a time)?

Any help/advice/mirth at paranoia would be most welcome.


nothercules Tue 30-May-06 21:00:41

These are scare stories and I really wouldnt think twice about them.

cant help on the rest but someone else will.

NotAnOtter Tue 30-May-06 21:00:54

i dont knoew i believe the hype! Make them up at once - cool and refridgerate!

Marne Tue 30-May-06 21:02:04

I make up a load evry morning (10 bottles), i use a microwave steriliser that takes 4 bottles, takes me half an hour evry morning and they keep in the fridge for 24 hours.

acnebride Tue 30-May-06 21:03:24

No worries. Do sterilised bottles of boiled water. Then buy small circular pot with 3 sections (available Boots, Toys R Us, lots of others) and measure 3 lots of formula into it at a time. Then you're good to go. You can keep the water at room temp IMO. Tip and shake - you can do it in the dark, while drunk, or in the dark while drunk

And search on archived messages under 'sterilising necessary' and find that many believe it's not...

HTH best of luck

acnebride Tue 30-May-06 21:04:49

reading your original post i'm actually now not sure if that helps at all. sorry if not

Jessajam Tue 30-May-06 21:05:38

bugg*r all the panicmongers
sterilise as many as you can fit in the steriliser and then store them in a tupperware type tub or fill them with boiled water and leave them until you need them then just add required number of scoops ( don't loose count now!!!! ) and warm...
I sterilse the btls at night, fill with freshly boiled, somewhat cooled water, put lids on and leave until the next day....

sugarfree Tue 30-May-06 21:06:11

You're only allowed to make up one bottle at a time now?????Are you serious?
That would have driven me loopy.
Is it a HV conspiracy so that people who are too stupid to keep milk in the fridge don't give their babies food poisoning?
If you are coping with a new baby on your own you have more than enough to think about and get on with.
I did what Marne does and suggest you do the same

Angeliz Tue 30-May-06 21:08:20

acnebride has beat me to it.
Just keep the sterilised bottles of water at room temperature and it's so much easier. Make up the 6 at a time with water otherwise you'll be sterilising all day. Water is fine to sit in a sterilised bottle.

Chill out and enjoy++

sugarfree Tue 30-May-06 21:09:09

You know,my eldest is only 12 and the youngest is 2.7 and I can't believe how much more new mums are made to worry these days.
Scarey to think how fast it moves on.
Gawd,I'm going to be an awful,interfering MIL one day."We didn't do it like that in my day!"

madmarchhare Tue 30-May-06 21:11:24

I made up 8 on a morning after sterilising in a microwave steamer that took four bottles at a time. Refrigerated for up to 24 hours.

I bought a few ready mixed cartons for those times when I wasnt feeling too good, travelling or whatever. They are more expensive but very handy now and then.

JulesP Tue 30-May-06 21:23:20

Yay! I feel a glut of free time coming on - I wish.

Have picked up the archive threads on sterlising and found it really interesting. It seems that I'm contradicting my own "you're going play in the mud, be out in all weather, and if I know someones got chicken pox you're going to hug 'em til you get it" style of motherhood.

Thanks to you all. It's been really interesting to see the response. I'm going off to buy a nice big box of powdered formula and make up bottles to my hearts content.

Cheers m'dears.

Twiglett Tue 30-May-06 21:26:03

I moved DS onto formula at 4 months and ALWAYS

sterilised 6 bottles and made them .. teat in ring, cap on top
filled with freshly boiled water in the morning
left on side to cool
filled 2 x mothercare formula holders (the ones that are split into 3) with correct amount of formula

then whenever I needed a feed I'd tip one lot of formula into one bottle, shake and serve

no mess, no fuss

at night take up bottle and formula and leave by side of bed and do night feeds in same way

on travels grab necessary bottles and formula and leave house

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