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Thursday, June 25th 2009, 12:43pm

Sterilising in the dishwasher

Does anyone do this?

FFS, this is the 3rd time I have started this thread and each time, DD2 has woken up and demanded boob! How does she know?

Anyway, she's settled again! I am going to start expressing at aome point soon. I want to be able to leave DD2 with MIL/DH every now and again to spend time on my own with DD1 and do stuff like get my hair done etc.. also I want to start donating breastmilk (heard a program on the radio about prem babies the other day and it broke my heart). I was going down the traditional route of scrubbing and then soakign all the paraphenalia in milton but I have heard that you can sterilise in the dishwasher, and being a lazy bint, this appeals to me hugely! Ours has a 90C cycle which surely must be nearly as good as a steam steriliser. Also breastmilk has antibacterial properties so the risk of infection is lower anyway. If this is ok for my own baby, would it be suitable for donating to other babies who are prem so at increased risk? Any advice welcome.





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Thursday, June 25th 2009, 7:40pm

Ummm... Don't have a dishwasher but TBH I would not do this when bubs is still so young and def not for donating to preemies. By all means wash in dishwasher if the bottles and paraphanalia are dishwasher safe but I would still sterilise the stuff properly.
And I would prob still rinse out after dishwasher and before sterilising - but that may be just me...


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Thursday, June 25th 2009, 7:45pm

RE: Sterilising in the dishwasher

Mrs. J., I think the best plan would be to check with the unit where your milk would be going, as they will have their own rules on collection and storage of EBM. Top marks to you for thinking about donating, it does make such a difference to premature babies, as some of them end up with serious gut problems with formula. clap

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Thursday, June 25th 2009, 7:49pm

It is supposed to be ok to use the top rack of the dishwasher and you can buy baskets that are designed for popping baby's bits into to keep it seperate from everything else.
My dishwasher is rubbish though and i wouldn't trust it to do the job properly so i steam instead. I also worry that there might still be residue of the rinse aid etc left behind.




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Thursday, June 25th 2009, 8:57pm

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I also worry that there might still be residue of the rinse aid etc left behind.


Yeah not thought of that.

Rene, you're right on the UKAMB site (link in here Donating milk?) they recommend steam or cold water.

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... I realised that donating a bit of milk is a pretty easy thing to do when you have a pink, healthy, happy child by your side.

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Friday, June 26th 2009, 10:25am

Don't know about the dishwasher but just thought I'd say well done on the donating. I really wanted to do it as I have oodles of milk and would love to help other babies get a good start but unfortunately there isn't a bank within an hours drive of me :cross:
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Friday, June 26th 2009, 12:08pm

Worth ringing them anyway Caz, some places collect or they might be able to put you in touch with other local mums who could collect it for you.





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Monday, June 29th 2009, 11:56am

Mrs J I used the dishwasher to sterlise my twins bottles, breastfeeding pump etc from pratically day 1. I found it loads easier with having twins and having double the bottles etc. Someone bought me a brand new steam steriliser and I hardly used it. I used the Fairy dishwasher tablets and have had no problems whatsoever. Istill do my bottles that way now and tbh I find it gets them cleaner than the steriliser. I dont use rinse aid in it though. Hope this helps.
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