Infant formula feeding habits are an essential factor in the prevention of obesity. Although minor baby formula feeding methods are recognized, a baby’s nutrition influences their subsequent risk of becoming overweight or obese.
It is essential to prepare your infant’s formula according to the directions. Read and follow the directions on the baby formula container carefully. These instructions will teach you how to prepare and store your infant’s formula properly.
Types of Infant Formula
The powdered substance must be mixed with water. Powder baby formula is often sold in canisters or cartons and must be mixed with a certain amount of water before being given to a baby. It is the least expensive of the three options. The powder will keep for a long time if not diluted with water. Keep your eyes peeled for the date stamp.
Concentrated Liquid Formula
You must also mix the concentrated liquid recipe with water. This technique also calls for some stirring and shaking with water, but since it is liquid, the scoop is eliminated. If there is no scoop, there is less of a possibility of a mess.
Ready-to-use formula, also identified as ready-to-feed formula, is pre-mixed and ready to use; just open and feed to baby. Choose from single-serve and larger-volume bottles. It’s simple to use, with a low danger of contamination and limited opportunity for error in preparation. Bottles that have not been opened do not need to be refrigerated.
7 Steps to Prepare Baby Formula
1. Check Expiration Date
Look for the formula container’s e expiry or “use by” date to know if it hasn’t passed. It is impossible to determine the quality of the formula if the expiry date has already expired. It is not advisable to purchase or utilize outdated baby formula.
2. Wash Your Hands
Using soap and water, thoroughly cleanse your hands before beginning to prepare the mixture. Make sure your hands are parched. Make confident that the space where you will be making the recipe is free of debris.
3. Prepare Your Bottle
Before using bottles, nipples, caps, or rings for the first time, sterilize them. You may boil the bottle and accessories in water for five minutes, use a microwave steam sterilizer bag, or use a stand-alone electric steam sterilizer.
There is generally no need to sanitize your bottle and accessories after the first usage. You should use soap and hot water to clean these objects. You can clean nooks and crannies using bottles and nipple brushes. You may also use a dishwasher.
If your infant is less than three months old, was born preterm, or has a weakened immune system, you should continue sterilizing feeding utensils.
4. Add Water
You must add water if you are using a liquid-concentrate or powdered product. To determine how much water to use, refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
To make a liquid-concentrate or powdered recipe, you may use any kind of clean water, whether tap or bottled. Talk to your baby’s doctor or your water supplier if you’re worried about the cleanliness of your water source.
Upon request, several public water systems will test drinking water. If you’re using well water, boil it for one minute and then chill it to body temperature (98.6 F) (37 C). After boiling the water, measure it.
It’s also essential to consider how much fluoride is in the water you use to make your baby’s liquid concentrate or powdered formula. Fluoride exposure throughout childhood aids in the prevention of tooth decay.
If your child’s primary food source is powdered or liquid concentrate formula, frequently combining it with fluoridated water may raise their chance of acquiring faint white lines or streaks on the teeth called fluorosis.
When you’re worried about fluorosis, think about methods to limit your baby’s exposure to fluoride.
For instance, to make concentrated formula, you may use a ready-to-feed formula that contains minimal fluoride or alternate between fluoridated tap water and low-fluoride bottled water, such as filtered, demineralized, deionized, or distilled bottled water.
If you exclusively give your infant ready-to-feed or concentrated formula combined with low-fluoride water, your baby’s doctor may prescribe fluoride supplements as early as six months.
5. Measure The Formula
Carefully measure out the quantity of water and formula you’re going to use. If you add too much water to the formula, it may fail to fulfill your baby’s nutritional requirements. Your infant may get dehydrated if you do not provide enough water.
Put sufficient formula for one feeding into a clean bottle to make the ready-to-use formula. Use just the formula, and don’t add any water or other liquids. Attempt to secure the nipple and cap to the bottle.
Pour the required quantity of water into a clean bottle for the liquid-concentrate formula. Pour the required formula into the bottle, secure the nipple and lid, and shake vigorously.
Follow the box’s directions to determine the quantity of formula you want to make in the powdered formula. Measure out the required quantity of water and place it in a clean bottle. To scoop the powdered formula, use the scoop that comes with the formula bottle. Fill the bottle with the desired number of scoops, secure the nipple and lid and shake vigorously.
6. Warm The Formula
It is fine to feed your infant room temperature or even chilly formula. If your baby likes warm formula, put a whole bottle in a basin of warm water for a couple of minutes or warm the bottle in running water. Put a few drops on the back of your hand to test the temperature. The mixture should be lukewarm, not boiling.
Warming bottles in the microwave is not recommended. The formula may heat unevenly, resulting in hot patches that may burn your baby’s mouth.
Dump the remaining formula if it’s more than an hour from the start of feeding. Refrain from refrigerating a bottle after you’ve fed your baby since germs from your baby’s lips may still grow in the fridge.
7. Store Formula Safely
If you’re using a ready-to-use formula, keep any unused formula from a recently opened container covered and refrigerated. Any leftover formula that has been in the refrigerator for more than 48 hours should be discarded.
Label each bottle with the date the formula was produced if you make and fill multiple bottles of liquid-concentrate or powdered formula at once. Refrigerate the additional bottles until you need them, and throw away any prepared formula that has been in the fridge for more than 24 hours. Whether you’re not sure if a container or bottle of formula is safe, toss it away.