Preparation of infant formula
If you are using powder, correct preparation of infant formula is done by always following the receipe on the formula packaging. This is important for the child to receive the appropriate nutrition. If you add too much water it dilutes essential nutrients in the formula and your baby may not get all the nutrients that is needed to grow and develop. If you add too much powder, you risk damaging the child’s kidneys.
How to prepare formula feeds:
- Wash hands before you start
- Clean table and surroundings before you prepare the bottles
- Make sure bottles and teats are clean and sterilized before preparing the formula
- Use fresh drinking water to prepare. If using tap water always use cold water and let it run a little before putting into the kettle
- Boil the water
- Let the water cool
- mix powder (follow the producer’s receipe to get the right amount!) and water, and shake the bottle well for the powder to dissolve.
- If your baby is older than 2 month, it is ok to make the amount of bottles you need for a day (or night), and immediately put them into the back of the refridgerator for cooling (5 C or below) to warm when needed.
It is ok to store formula in the refridgerator
If your baby is older than 2 month, it is ok to make several bottles at the same time. Health recommendations from WHO and NHS states prepared formula can be kept in the refrigerator for 24 hours if cooled down quickly immediately after preparation. (Put in the back of the fridge or in iced water straight after preparation).
Similarly, they advise that cooked water can be kept in sterilized bottles in the refrigerator and be heated up to body temperature when needed and then mixed with formula.
You may of course use milkymeter to heat up both milk, formula and water to the right temperature.
Do not let the bottle warm up for longer time in e.g. a water bath as there is a risk of bacteria developing if warming takes more than 15 minutes.
Never save a half bottle of milk which baby has already been drinking from. Bacteria may develop which can be harmful for your baby.
Heating up baby formula in the microwave
It is scientifically proven that microwaves do not cause any deterioration of nutritional content in baby formula nor do they change any substances in the formula which could damage the baby.
If you are not using milkymeter, the risk with warming in the microwave is a risk of overheating causing burns.
The bottle must be suitable for microwave heating, temperature should be kept in control, e.g. by use of milkymeter and after heating, the bottle should be stirred, or swirled a few times to even out temperature.
Find the right formula for your baby
Breast milk is specifically suited babies and its nutritional composition promote growth and healthy development. We support WHO’s recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. However, not all mums can, or have the opportunity to breastfeed, making it important to give them the best alternative
When first starting with formula, try to buy a small amount to find the type your baby likes. Remember always to get the type suitable for baby's age.
Many infants fed with standard infant formula suffer from gastrointestinal discomfort, such as abdominal pain, colic, regurgitation and constipation. It may be a question of finding the type of formula most suitable for your baby. An anticholic bottle also works miracles.
If you have milk/lactose intolerance in your nearest family, ask your doctor to find out what type of formula is best for your baby.