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I am at home all day, but pump once at night.<br><br>
I wash bottles and pump pieces in hot, soapy water and then sterilize them in the microwave sterilizer. I thought this was like the pumping law...<br><br>
Just got a new Ameda pump and it told me to initially boil the parts for 20 mins and then after that wash them in hot, soapy water, rinse and let dry.<br><br>
Does this mean that I don't need to keep sterilizing pump parts any more?<br><br>
I don't put pump parts in my dishwasher because I put my dog's raw food equipment in there (totally illogical, I know).<br><br>
Am just confused about whether hot water washing is enough....
 

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My thoughts are that it doesn't make sense for me to do more to clean my pump or DS's bottles than I would to clean the glasses DH & I drink from. Soon enough, he'll be drinking from cups & eating with spoons and then I won't do anything extra special for those eating utensils either.<br><br>
It's food - not tools for surgery. So I don't think it needs extra special sterilization. JMO. I've been pumping 3X per day for the past month with no problems.
 

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I totally agree -- I never sterilized any bottles or pump equipment, except after the initial purchase and after I loaned them to my sisters. I just stick mine in the dishwasher, and with DS when we had no dishwasher I washed them with hot soapy water, just like the rest of the dishes. Normal food handling sanitation procedures as you would use for any other person are plenty adequate for breast milk. I pumped for DS for 14 months, 2-3x a day; he was always good and healthy (thanks to my milk :) ) and having to sterilize everything every night would have been a major inconvenience.
 

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Probably more important for a newborn. But, the longer you store it, the more of an issue contamination would be. I think the milk will last longer if collected/stored with sterile parts/bottles.
 

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Trying to remember back. I am pretty sure my microwave sterilizer got a good workout (at least once every 2 days) till like 4-5 months old. After that I would steralize once a week or so, jsut to be sure. I was pumping at work 2-3 times a day and in between pumpings i would just rinse the milk off and put the parts in a zip bag til next time.
 

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I did that too. Went totally OTT on sterilising because I was sure that you had to sterilise bottles and pumps every time. And we didn't have a microwave or steriliser so I had to sterilise by boiling in pots of hot water! For months! Until I read a post on kellymom talking about pump cleaning and realised that I needn't have done that at all...<br>
Anyway, yes, hot water and soap is perfectly fine. If you really want to feel good you can sterilise every thing once a week or so. When you think about it babies are crawling around on the floor, sticking their hands, clothes and all sorts of other unsterilised things in their mouths..
 

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Aha! Thank you all!<br><br>
When I first got pumping I just sterilized every time and thought I was doing it right, until I read on another forum that sterilization only lasts 8 (?) hours !!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: It had never occurred to me that things would become un-sterilized again...<br><br>
I think I'll cut back on it - really was becoming a pain anyway. I will just make sure to wash bottle and pump parts every day (instead of letting them make a little countertop pile for 2 days) and then sterilize once a week or so. Yay!<br><br>
Thanks!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I agree - I did the initial sterilize when my pump was new, and now I just wash the parts in warm soapy water. Though, since right now I'm exclusively pumping, I read a trick on a blog that really saves my sanity. If you're pumping every 2-3 hours (which, OP, I know you aren't but maybe someone else is) you can just take the horns/parts and put them in a ziplock and stick it in the fridge until the next session. Then, of course, after the next session you need to wash them in warm soapy water, but honestly it saves my sanity not having to do the whole wash every time.
 
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