mixing baby formula

Mixing baby formula

Breastfeeding provides babies with the best nutrition and is preferred whenever possible. The World Health Organization recommends that infants start breastfeeding within one hour of life, are exclusively breastfed for six months, with timely introduction of adequate, safe and properly fed complementary foods while continuing breastfeeding for up to two years of age or beyond. However, if you are unable to breastfeed, or are using a bottle for any other reasons, it is vital that you have all the information you need to keep your baby safe and healthy.

The water:
 

  • Boil water and allow to cool. If you are on town-supply, all water used for formula should be boiled until your baby is at least three months old. If you are using bore or tank water you should boil the water until your baby is 18 months old
  • If you are pre-preparing formula you should always use boiled water regardless of the age of your baby.
  • As filtered water doesn't remove bacteria from the water, you should follow the rules above depending on the source of the filtered water.

The formula:
 

  • First up - wash your hands
  • Before you begin to make up formula, ensure that you have everything you need - sterlised bottles, clean equipment, and somewhere safe to store the bottle if you're not going to be using it straight away. It is recommended that all equipment is washed and sterilised until your baby is at least three months old.
  • Always be careful to follow the formula's instructions.
  • Make sure that you level off each scoop so that you use the correct amount of powdered formula.
  • Measure the correct amount of water before you add it to the bottle. Always add the powder to the water, rather than the water to the powder.
  • Don't pack the formula into the measuring scoop.
  • Shake the water and powdered formula until they are thoroughly mixed.
  • Test the temperature of the of the milk with a few drops on the inside of your wrist - it should be nicely warm (cooler is better than too hot though). Run the bottle under cold water if necessary. 
  • Any bottles of formula that are being stored in the fridge should be put in the back where the temperature is the most consistently cool.
  • Discard any formula left in the bottle at the end of the feed.
  • Make sure that you throw out any premixed formula that hasn't been used within 24 hours. Reheating bottles should be done by putting the bottle in a bowl or jug of hot water. Shake. It is not recommended to reheat in the microwave.

Travelling with formula:

It is best to pack cool boiled water and powdered formula separately and then mix them just as you need the formula - this negates the need to carry an insulated bag of pre-prepared formula. 

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Kidspot is dedicated to the promotion of breastfeeding as the best possible start in life for babies as well as being good for the health and wellbeing of mothers.

The World Health Organization recommends that infants start breastfeeding within one hour of life, are exclusively breastfed for six months, with timely introduction of adequate, safe and properly fed complementary foods while continuing breastfeeding for up to two years of age or beyond. Source: http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/infantfeeding/en/

Breastfeeding provides babies with the best nutrition and is preferred whenever possible. Good maternal nutrition is ideal for breastfeeding. You should be aware that reversing a decision not to breastfeed may prove difficult. Partially introducing formula could negatively affect your milk supply. Social and financial implications should be considered when selecting a method of feeding. Professional advice should be followed before using an infant formula. Proper use of an infant formula is important to the health of the infant and should only be used as directed.

If you’re worried about breastfeeding, your Well Child nurse or PlunketLine can help.

 

 

This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot - New Zealand's parenting resource for newborns and baby. Sources include SA Government's Parenting and Child Health.



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