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Help! I’m sick of washing bottles

I pump when I’m at work so between all the little plastic Medela bottles I pump into to store my milk and the glass Dr Browns bottles I use to feed my daughter, I feel like I’m constantly washing bottles. Is there a better system? Maybe a bottle I can directly pump into or I should be pumping into bags I can throw away when I’m done with them? I just need some way to reduce all the stuff I have to hand wash because there’s a constant backlog.

  • Sarah
    Nov 28

    Why not feed your daughter directly from the medela bottles instead of transferring?

  • Sara
    Nov 28

    @Sarah The medela things are just these little plastic containers for pumping into

  • Lisa
    Nov 28

    Medela does make 8 oz bottles, as well as caps with nipples. That is how I started with bottles for both my kids, but once they drank more than 4 oz bottles I switched to Avent bottles and just used the Medela ones for milk storage

  • Dave
    Nov 28

    If you have a dishwasher the OXO Tot basket might be worth looking at. We use the same bottles and it's not a bad fit. It has a top rack for the nipples and nozzle parts, then I throw the blue funnels & discs into the main compartment. I'll still hand wash occasionally for deep cleaning but it saves a lot of time. OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket for Bottle Parts & Accessories, Teal https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0771FFJ21/

  • Lucy
    Nov 28

    When I’m between pumping, I keep my breastfeeding parts, like bottles, in the fridge. Then I just clean them every few days. I keep the pump attachment in an airtight container, but for the bottles I just put the lid back on once I’ve emptied them and put it straight in the fridge until I need them next time. Saves having to wash them every time!

  • Anne
    Nov 28

    I pumped into Medela bottles and then just screwed Medela nipples onto them to feed. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  • Jennifer
    Nov 28

    I do the same as Anne, above. We’re only just starting to do 5 oz bottles at daycare, so I purchased one set of the 8oz bottles from medela (which includes medium flow nipples), and an extra set of the standard size (5 oz w low-flow but not that super fancy 3-part slow flow nipple). I pump into the 8s at work, then divide the milk when I get home. Baby takes 3 5oz bottles with low flow nipple plus two solids daily during daycare. I wash bottles in the dishwasher when it’s full enough for a load. When it’s not, I put baby on a playmat with a couple toys and just wash as fast as I can by hand, taking a break only if her crying is persistent.

  • Jackie
    Nov 29

    When I was pumping I felt the same exact way. When I received my pump from the insurance company they came with attachments so I could pump directly into the bags! It was such a life saver especially being at work.

  • Misty
    Nov 29

    You can use Dr Brown bottle with Medela pump, they will screw onto connectors directly. You can also put a dr brown nipple on medela bottles.

  • Kristen
    Nov 30

    Yes, pump directly into the dr Browns! Right now after a pump I pool into one of the bottles for storage and keep the other bottle in the fridge with my pump parts for the next pump. Or there are bag systems; a friend of mine is using the kiinde ones and loves it.