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Okay, I've heard stories about all kinds of horrible things when you nuke bottles so looking for some facts among the fiction. Do I need to be greatly concerned here?
 

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Well you can't take back what's already been done, but in the future she needs to use a safer method of warming your milk.
 

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Microwaving bottles is bad bad bad. Even says so on the packaging they come in. For BreastMilk it destroys nutrients. BM is full of living things & it kills them. For both BM & formula it can create hot spots & can seriously burn your baby.<br>
Just run warm water over the bottle & they heat up in no time.
 

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If it was BM it kills the antibodies... also there's concerns with the release of toxins from plastics... I wouldn't be overly worried, but I wouldn't let it happen again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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There's nothing you can do now except STOP IT entirely.<br><br>
Microwaving, amongst other things, destroys much of what is best in the breastmilk (or formula). And if you microwave a bottle for say, 45 seconds, it continues to nuke for 23 seconds after that, not to mention the fact that plastic molecules get into the milk, etc. If your mother is standing holding the baby beside the microwave while waiting for it to beep, then they are being cooked a teeny tiny bit, too.<br><br>
I don't have links, but others will. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Or look it up on kellymom.com?
 

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If she really wants an easy method, get her an Avent bottle warmer. It uses the same method, only you don't have to stand there running it under the tap wasting water. You just put a little water nto the warmer, add the bottle and turn it on.<br><br>
We have an electric kettle so I used to just boil some water, put it in a jug and stick the bottle in it. Takes longer though.
 

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I think you should buy her a bottle warmer. Yeah, yeah, you shouldn't HAVE to, she should respect your wishes, blah blah, but I think that would be the most effective way to stop her from nuking bottles. You can try convincing her to do it a more low-tech way, like with hot water, but that might be less effective.<br><br>
Anecdotally, my grandmother nuked my little cousin's bottles for several months, and my cousin (who is now 20) is perfectly healthy with a healthy baby boy of her own. (Whose bottles she does not nuke AFAIK.) Most likely everything will be fine.
 

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There won't be a future in this situation, I don't plan on leaving her there any more, because I listed hot spot and manufact warnings as reasons when we had DD and thought we were clear, but MIL has been making decisions to negate our choices despite being told on multiple things.<br><br>
My sis told me something about plastic poisining though, this I know nothing on. ?<br><br>
I know mics are bad in general. I've been trying to get my hubby to toss our microwave, I'm trying to go whp diet, but he is dragging his feet.
 

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Anybody have a link about the antibody/nutrient destruction? DF does not believe me.
 

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Edited: the link was removed from the original post
 

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Why?
 

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Just check the Jewry/Israel/"Zionism" link.<br><br>
(I was curious about the provenance of the information so I went to read other bits of it.)<br><br>
Among other things it includes information from CODOH - a Holocaust denial group.
 

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we had been taking our warmer over there, then we forgot it a couple of times and she said she was fine with warming water and sticking the bottle in it, Looking back I should have known she has been doing this because the container she used to warm the water in was no longer on the counter every day, and she once warmed a bottle for me and I remember commenting on how quick it warmed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> . We also suspect she has been giving her formula <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss"> .<br><br>
I have a feeling this is going to come up when we go over to celebrate her bday this weekend and I want to be prepared with all the reasons you can't nuke a bottle. Anyone have links to the risks as far as the plastic in the bottle?
 

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Yikes that site does have some crazy stuff on it, must be like wikipedia, anyone can add anything?
 

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Besides having links to bigotry, that article provides a slew of half-truths and outright lies about microwaves and microwaved food. Hysteria brought on by conspiracy theories is hardly scientific.<br><br>
However, it IS true that you cannot microwave breastmilk without destroying vital antibodies. Check Kellymom...it has great info about properly prepared breastmilk.
 

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Sorry. I just googled the Stanford research, that's all. Drop in those scientists and pick another site.<br>
Here's mercola. <a href="http://www.mercola.com/article/microwave/hazards2.htm#hanshertel" target="_blank">http://www.mercola.com/article/micro...htm#hanshertel</a><br><br>
ETA - I should have followed the links more closely, but that's not the point. Microwaving human blood can kill a transfusion patient. There are a lot of studies about the body reacting to microwaved foods.
 

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Not only is microwaving bottles putting harmful chemicals into your baby's milk, it is killing the nutrients that were in it as well. I go to <a href="http://www.mercola.com" target="_blank">www.mercola.com</a> and search "microwave" when I need info b/c he lists the sci sources for his articles. Also, I would use glass bottles if at all possible to minimize plastic leaching. This is one of the things I worry about when leaving my baby. I don't leave him with anyone who isn't as health conscious as I am unless I have given strict instructions about such things and trust that they will abide by them. Good luck!
 

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Good for you for not bringing the baby back. This is BIGGER than bottle warming, you can't trust her. You gave instructions, she went against your wishes. Trusting her to watch the baby ends. You are exactly right in what you're doing. I'd give her a tongue lashing, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I'm glad to hear there won't be a next time. I somehow got the impression she was your only childcare option for a while.
 
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