I just pumped 4 oz of milk into a glass bottle, then realized I had sterilized it not recently, but almost a month ago. It was stored uncovered on its side. Do I dump it and start over? Or is the milk okay? My fear is that it was no longer sterile, and that bacteria could possibly build up in there. I would just boil the milk but I think that is a major no-no.
What do you think?
how old is baby? was baby term or premature? any immune system issues with baby?
i had a healthy term baby and I sterilized the pump and bottle into which I pumped once, when I first started to use them. I was not worried about contamination.
Most people just give the bottles a good washing. Sterilization is overkill in most cases.
If you're still concerned though, you can scald the milk. Heat it gently until it starts steaming - don't boil it. It'll lose it's beneficial bacteria, but will still have antibodies and is still perfwct nutrition.
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Bottle sterilization is no longer routinely recommended, in areas with a safe drinking water supply, unless there are specifically concerns with compromised immunity-- in preemies, brand-new newborns, or babies with health problems.
I thought you only had to sterilize if you have well water. Otherwise regular washing is fine. I wouldn't worry if it had been sterilized already, I don't with mine.
Unless the baby in a premie or has a compromised immune system I wouldn't worry about it. I don't sterilize my bottles and I don't think it is necessary. We just run them through the dishwasher.
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