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    Default Bottle feeding EBM help

    I am wanting to try bottle feeding 9 week old DS EBM so from time to time I/we can go out and I know if he is hungry he can be fed.

    I have some questions for those that do this:

    1. Do I need to sterilise? the ABA says that I don't need to sterilise the breastpump but it says nothing on their website about the storage bottles.
    2. How do I heat up the milk (both fresh and frozen?) and how do I know if it's the right temperature? (sorry probably a dumb question).
    3. If he has an EBM feed, do I need to pump out the feed he has had from his bottle?

    Any advice appreciated

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    Default Bottle feeding EBM help

    1. No need to sterilise but clean with HOT water, a little detergent and a brush used only for that purpose. Separate all parts to wash. Rinse everything. Air dry. If you are worried you can still sterilise after completing this process but it is not necessary with breast milk.

    2. If you use breast milk bags you can run under warm/hot tap. Same for bottles. The process is annoyingly slow. A bottle warmer could be better but I never tried it. A bottle can be the same process or sit it in a container with hot water. You can defrost over several hours in the fridge but then you must use it as soon as possible.

    3. I would definitely try to express the same amount I'm feeding to avoid milk supply dropping.
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    No need to sterilize just wash with warm soapy water.

    I used to put my bottles of milk in a bowl/jug of warm water to beat them up. Microwaving kills all the goodness of BM, plus creates hot pockets. Depending on how big the bottle, it only takes a couple of mins.

    I'd express at the same time you'd normally feed bub especially given expressing isn't as good as feeding for supply, so try not to miss a feed

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    Great thread! I never knew you didn't have to sterilise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eilonwy View Post
    1. No need to sterilise but clean with HOT water, a little detergent and a brush used only for that purpose. Separate all parts to wash. Rinse everything. Air dry. If you are worried you can still sterilise after completing this process but it is not necessary with breast milk.

    2. If you use breast milk bags you can run under warm/hot tap. Same for bottles. The process is annoyingly slow. A bottle warmer could be better but I never tried it. A bottle can be the same process or sit it in a container with hot water. You can defrost over several hours in the fridge but then you must use it as soon as possible.

    3. I would definitely try to express the same amount I'm feeding to avoid milk supply dropping.
    Agree with all of the above. I bottle fed DD EBM for for 9.5 months and only sterilised occasionally in that time, but washed with very hot soapy water, rinsed well after every single use. My EBM was tested at the hospital as part of the donor process and was fine for bacteria levels etc.

    We had a bottle warmer (Avent brand) and it was fantastic, one of the best purchases I made, so if you intend on doing it regularly might be worth looking in to. Otherwise standing in hot water and shake/swirl well to ensure even heating. Definitely do NOT microwave.

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    Great thanks ladies


 

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