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My son is a healthy 4 1/2 month old. Everything I read about sterilizing bottles and pumps for breastfed babies says that you can stop around 3 or 4 months because botulisim (sp?) isn't such a threat to their systems. Is it safe for me to stop boiling all the stuff? Can I cut back to once a week? Twice a week?
 

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Dunno. I never sterilized, except right before the very first time I used a bottle or pump parts. I started giving an occasional bottle of breastmilk around 3 weeks. I always just ran everything through the dishwasher.
 

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Uh, I never sterilized either.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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Nope, I never sterilized either. Hell, my kid dunks her binkie in the dog water so much, I would never get anything done if I had to that all the time.
 

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i've read anywhere from 4-6 mths is safe to stop sterilizing because baby's system is stronger. i was really stubborn about using a bottle & only caved in after months of my partner pushing for it (& now it's totally not a big deal, i was just stubborn about it!) & so since i was hesitant of the bottle, i sterilized lots. i started tapering off around 5-6 months, & now that he's 8 months just give it a good wash.
 

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I was supposed to be sterilizing all that junk all this time? Who knew!<br><br>
Seriously, I boiled everything once before use, and just throw I all in the dishasher with the extra hot rinse and call it good. I have boiled a couple more times in the past 16 months, but nothing regular.
 

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Only sterilizaed before first use here too. Most of the time I just washed in hot soapy water and rinsed and then airdried. Ocassionally washed in the dishwasher.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Nope, I never sterilized either. Hell, my kid dunks her binkie in the dog water so much, I would never get anything done if I had to that all the time.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well the dishwasher's steam is hotter than boiling water so that counts as sterilizing.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">.....How is that possible? Water boils and becomes steam at 212 F or 100 C. I don't think most dishwashers are pressurized, but the bleach in the detergent will help to sterilize things.<br>
I do not sterilize things for my kiddos. But I am pumping and direct donating to a baby so I sterilize my pump once/day.
 
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