Properly preparing infant formula is CRITICAL! Incorrect preparation and storage can have harmful effects such as malnutrition, dehydration, and even bacterial infection. Powdered formula is NOT sterile and may contain bacteria that is harmful to infants — correct preparation and handling can reduce that risk!
I will always and forever be an advocate for breastfeeding but I know that sometimes that may be hard for a lot of mothers and, in some circumstances, not medically possible!
I wanted to write this blog post from a place of love, as I would like to educate parents who are taking the powdered infant formula route.
Step 1: Always make sure that the powder is NOT expired and there are no damages to the container (dents, rust spots, etc.).
Step 2: Clean countertops and wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before preparing bottles; be sure that the bottles, nipples, and any extra parts used during feeding are cleaned prior to use.
Step 3: Use water from a safe source to prepare bottles. A good option is to boil water and add to sterilize the powdered formula. PLEASE, let the mixed formula cool before feeding it to your baby!
Step 4: Use the exact amount of water and formula as directed on the instructions of the formula container. Always measure water first, then add the correct amount of formula. Adding extra water can have harmful effects!
Step 5: Close the bottle and shake to mix formula thoroughly.
Step 6: It isn’t always necessary to warm the bottle before a feeding; however, if you do decide to warm the formula, place the bottle under warm water for a few minutes. Avoid getting water into the bottle or nipple as this can contaminate the formula. Test the warmth by placing a few drops onto the inside of your wrist — it should fee warm, NOT hot!
*NEVER WARM BOTTLES IN THE MICROWAVE, AS THIS CAN CAUSE HOT SPOTS WHICH CAN BURN YOUR BABY’S MOUTH*
Step 7: After feeding your baby, be sure that all bottles, nipples, and any parts used during feeding are cleaned before next use.
Keep in mind that this is a JUDGEMENT FREE zone and this post was created to be a source of education for the safety of formula fed babies! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns I am available for consultations and you can also reach out to me via social media or leave a comment under this post!