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#1 sama22

Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:13 PM

I sterilise my bottles etc in a microwave steriliser. They're all damp when they come out and just won't air dry for some reason. I've tried it all - that I know of!

I'm pretty sure drying them with something (paper towel etc) will un-sterilise them, and have thought about putting them together wet but am not sure this is good either.

What should I do?

Thanks!

#2 ~Jodama_Feral~

Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:16 PM

I used to just put mine together and straight into the fridge. Never had a problem with them.

#3 sama22

Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:19 PM

Did you put them away wet or did they dry easily? Mine just won't dry themselves


#4 ~Jodama_Feral~

Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:22 PM

They were still a little damp.

#5 Duechristmasday

Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:23 PM

I put the boiled water in them straight away, and leave them on the bench with the caps on at room temperature.

I usually do 4 at a time, and then pop the formula in when baby wakes for a feed.  This way I am not fumbling around during the night with the kettle etc and then the bottle is at room temperature (not from fridge) so takes less time to warm up.

I do the same if going out.  If the next feed is a while away 1 - 3 hours), I fill with the boiled HOT water and pop into an insulated bag.  Then I put the powdered formula in one of those dispenser things, and pour into bottle when needed.  The bottle is always at the perfect temperature by the time baby is due for next feed and I dont have to worry about heating the bottle out in public.

Hope that makes sense....



#6 sama22

Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:29 PM

I'm using them for expressed breast milk not formula, so usually don't put anything in them right away - they get put away empty.

#7 Madnesscraves

Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:36 PM

Mine never dried, I just put boiled water and pop into fridge.

#8 jindy poss

Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:36 PM

I got told by nurses in the Canberra hospital that you don't need to worry so much about sterilising for breast milk because the milk isn't sterile. So I probably wouldn't stress to much about leaving them wet if you are going to use them soon.

#9 MAGS24

Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:36 PM

My bottles are usually damp when they come out of my microwave sterliser but I just put the lid on and put them straight in the fridge till I need them. They always smell ok when I go to use them but they are never in the fridge for more than a day or two.

Edited by MAGS24, 05 April 2012 - 08:37 PM.


#10 SecondLife

Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:52 PM

My understanding is that you don't need to sterilise bottles for breast-fed (and EBM-fed) babies because they're getting so many antibodies and good stuff, that they are nowhere near as susceptible to infections as FF babies. Might be worth checking out the BF area here, lots of helpful ladies there original.gif

#11 Feefifofum

Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:30 PM

I have the same problem with bottles coming out of the dishwasher. I usually put them on a drying rack to air dry. If you're worried about contamination from other dishes you could get a separate drying rack.

#12 FEdeRAL

Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:45 PM

Hi OP I also preferred them dry for expressing. What I did was after sterilising (I used an electric one), I poured boiling water into them then empty them out immediately, give the bottles a shake upside down to get rid of any excess water, then I left the bottles upright and they should dry completely in an hour or so.

#13 Lightning_bug

Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:45 PM

In our case, I've never worried about it.  On talking with our MCHN nurse the steralisation of bottles in contries such as ours is not considered essential anymore.  At all.  As long as they're thoroughly cleaned.

I'm not comfortable with that.  Anyway, I find if I pour boiling water in and then straight out it hasn't been a problem.  As you can imagine, they'd be unsteralised if you put anything inside them (so outside doesn't matter as such) which isn't sterile.  

Boiling water seems to dry off better.  But OP, a few drops of water wouldn't be a problem.

#14 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:59 PM

Once you expose bottles to air they are not sterile so wiping them dry is fine. I used to just hand wash bottles and leave them on bottle rack and they would dry.

#15 chocolatecrackle

Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:20 PM

I take mine out of the steriliser (aka saucepan) while they are still hot and shake the water out, being careful to not touch the insides or the thread. I then leave them on a clean towel on the bench to air dry for a few minutes.

I use the bottles for EBM and I don't worry too much about it being sterile, as I know for sure that my nipples aren't sterile. I also figure that my baby is starting to get all sorts of germs now he's sticking things in his mouth.  

I am much more concerned about keeping the milk cold - on the basis that one or two germs from an unsterile bottle will be fine, but the accumulation of germs growing in a warm bottle and the waste products they produce would be much, much worse.

#16 lucky 2

Posted 09 April 2012 - 08:58 PM

As pp's have said there isn't any need to sterilise for ebm, only for formula preparation.
Breast milk is not a sterile substance and though it is wise not to introduce microorganisms, washing bottles and equipment in hot soapy water and rinsing then air drying is adequate, the ABA website has current research based information on this.
FWIW, my bottles were not usually dry when I used ebm.

#17 lozoodle

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:25 AM

I never bothered drying them, what's the point? I'd just fill them with the cool boiled water and put in fridge ready for the next day.

#18 liveworkplay

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:49 AM

Just opening the lid of the steralizer "unsteralizes" them. I thought the recomendation for a long time now, was just to wash in hot soapy water, rinse and air dry?

I've never really used bottles so never steralized them.

#19 mummyinahurry

Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:40 PM

I don't bother sterilizing for EBM. Just washed with normal dish stuff, rinsed in hot water and into fridge  original.gif

#20 hyperkitty

Posted 17 April 2012 - 11:20 AM

I was told by my LC that you do not need to sterilize for breast milk, only for formula original.gif

#21 Jaidynsmylilman

Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:56 PM

I use milton i know some parents dont like using it cause of the apparent chemicals but they still se it in the hospitals and my mum used it for 28 years with all her 4 kids so i just fill a tub up with boiling water after ive washed them i put them in the tub with milton with a lid on changing the milton every 24 hours.

#22 Kinder3

Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:11 PM

QUOTE (Jaidynsmylilman @ 17/04/2012, 03:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I use milton i know some parents dont like using it cause of the apparent chemicals but they still se it in the hospitals and my mum used it for 28 years with all her 4 kids so i just fill a tub up with boiling water after ive washed them i put them in the tub with milton with a lid on changing the milton every 24 hours.





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