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Old Dec 21st, 2009, 06:55 AM   1
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How long does formula keep for - powder and ready made cartons


Hi, I've had feeding problems so am doing a combination of breast, expressed and formula. I find getting a formula feed ready a nightmare as baby wants it now but I need to boil the kettle, wait for it to cool, make the formula and then cool that in a bowl of water or under the tap. On the box it says that it has to be used within 2 hours so I don't think I can make it that much in advance. To make life easier, certainly during the night, I've been using the cartons. I don't always use a whole carton and as it says on the Aptimil one that it keeps for 2 hours in the fridge, I've been throwing a lot away.

I read other people saying they make the formula and put it in the fridge. Can you do that with Aptimil? Also, when you go out, how do you organise your formula? I just take one of the cartons out but not sure if that's really the most economic option in the long run.

I'm just so confused about how long formula can be kept after use and how long those cartons realistically can be open for. Cow & Gate says 24 hours in the fridge, whereas Aptamil says 2 hours in the fridge. Cow & Gate gave LO horrible diarrhoea so I want to stick with Aptamil.

Any advice for this clueless mummy greatly appreciated.

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Old Dec 21st, 2009, 07:16 AM   2
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A lot of people do make in advance - I certainly do! And it's for the reason that you state - making on demand can be a nightmare but some people do that method and find it works for them. I make up 2 batches - one in the morning and one in the evening - and we've never had any problems. You can also pre-boil water and pop it into a thermos so you're not waiting for the water to boil, cutting that stage out - maybe that could be an option?

Ready made can be served at room temperature or warmed slightly in a bowl of boiling water so for combination feeding it may be an option. It will keep in the fridge for 24 hours once opened.

For out and about I do one of two things - depending on how long we're out for. I'll either take some boiled water in a thermos and some powder and pre-sterilised bottles, or I'll take a carton or two and a pair of scissors lol. It really does depend on where we're going. Some people take room temperature boiled water(already in the bottles and powder so there's no need for heating but I've found recently it gets too cold in the changing bag with it being so cold out atm.

Hope this helps - I'm sure someone with more experience than me will be able to help more.

P.S. I use SMA so there may be a few differences but most of the time the people I talk to do the same things.



 
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Old Dec 21st, 2009, 07:33 AM   3
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I always use cartons, have never used powder. Always leave them in the fridge after opening, for no longer than 24 hours.
That's bizzare about Aptamil only lasting 2 hours in the fridge...are you sure? Why on earth do they do 500ml cartons then? Surely no baby is going to drink 500ml in 2 hours?



 
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Old Dec 21st, 2009, 08:13 AM   4
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I've only every used powder although I do have some cartoons for emergencies in the cupboard.

I make up two batches a day (she has six feeds in 24 hours). I boil the keetle, leave for 20 minutes and then make up the bottles and pop into the fridge. I normally know roughly when she wants a fed and get them out into the warmer in time for her to have them - she is impatient for food and dosen't like waiting. At night whilst i do nappy OH pops bottle into warmer (although slept through for last couple of nights !!!).

When we go out to somewhere where there is a kettle I take sterilised bottle and powder (Tommee Tippee have powder pots which fit in the bottle) and make up. If going out somewhere where there is no kettle I take a freshly made bottle, heat it and pop in thermal carrier. Had no problems doing it this way.

I never keep bottles of milk more than about 18 hours in fridge and if she dosen't finish one I always through excess away

My LO didn't get on with SMA, now on Cow and Gate Comfort and really happy.



 
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Old Dec 21st, 2009, 08:43 AM   5
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I have Aptamil cartons in my 'in case of emergency' stash and they say on the carton that they last 24 hours in the fridge once opened. The reference to 2 hours is how long it will last once it has been heated in a bottle (or left at room temperature in a bottle).



 
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Old Dec 21st, 2009, 14:23 PM   6
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Originally Posted by Mum2b_Claire View Post
I always use cartons, have never used powder. Always leave them in the fridge after opening, for no longer than 24 hours.
That's bizzare about Aptamil only lasting 2 hours in the fridge...are you sure? Why on earth do they do 500ml cartons then? Surely no baby is going to drink 500ml in 2 hours?
Glad I'm not the only lazy person using cartons a lot. I'm 99% certain that it says on the Aptimil that it'll keep in the fridge for only 2 hours. It's the reason I switched to Cow & Gate until I found it was giving LO dodgy diarrhoea. Maybe Aptimil are over cautious. Having said that, I've sometimes left the carton by the bed and used it more than 2 hours later and that wasn't even in the fridge. But it was when I was desperate!!



 
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Old Dec 23rd, 2009, 02:33 AM   7
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Cant help with how long aptamil lasts but when you go out you can buy a tommee tippee container with 3 compartments to put you're powder in. I got mine from Toys R Us

Its been a lifesaver for me, cartons cost a fortune if you go out much x



 
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Old Dec 23rd, 2009, 04:08 AM   8
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I'm sure that open aptamil cartons can be left in the fridge for 24hrs as I used to use them and this is what I did. Unless its changed in the last few months??



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Old Dec 23rd, 2009, 04:35 AM   9
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Doh! Milk brain alert. I read the bit that says use the bottle within 2 hours but the carton can go in the fridge for 24 hours. Sorry for being such a dip. Sleep deprivation is cruel!!



 
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Old Dec 23rd, 2009, 07:33 AM   10
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i put boiled water into my bottles then add the powder as and when, saves so much time!! when i was using cartons, i used to take a little cool bag up to bed with me so i wasnt wasting half a carton!



 
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