My newborn isn't latching well. We're working on it but in the mean time, I'm expressing. We we're cup feeding but it was driving us all to distraction so switched to bottles today, and everyone is happier for it.
Anyway, I've been told twice by the hospital feeding team that there is no need to sterilise equipment as there is only good bacteria in breastmilk. They said just a good wash in hot soapy water is enough.
However, the breast pump instructions say it should be sterilised once a day. The hospital feeding team consider this is just "arse covering". Lots of websites still say to sterilise.
Anyone know whether it is necessary? I mainly mean the Brest pump shield and bottles
I used to sterilise once a day as I couldn’t find a satisfactory answer online and when I was in hospital they had me doing that. I didn't to start with though and my DD was fine; I think I just got a bit paranoid
I would do it at least once a day. There are various studies out there, but a breast pump has lots of books and crannies, a sugary food source and is generally warm. Perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
I used to sterilised after every use when I expressed. I was washing it anyway so was minimal extra effort to chuck it in the electric steriliser afterwards.
The instructions on my medela pump said to sterilise before every use so that's what I did! I have an electric steam steriliser so not too much of a hardship. I'd wash all the parts with soapy water before sterilising. Maybe I didn't actually need to do so after all...
Pumps do have lots of nooks and crannies as a PP said so I would probably still sterilise each time if I had my time over. Especially for a newborn. Not so much for an older baby.
You don't have to sterilise after each use, you can keep it in the fridge between uses! Breast milk keeps for 6 days in the fridge so you are ok to keep the pump in there. I sterilised it once a day though