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eve21 Aug 5th, 2016 08:36 AM

How do you make up your bottles?
 
Hi ladies, please help me.

When my 4 year old daughter was born i would boil the kettle let it cool for 30mins then add the water to the bottles & leave at room temp, add the formula when needed. She was never sick, she was fine with this. The health nurse told me not to do this, always make up fresh. Then i heard i could make up 4 bottles at a time & store at the back of the fridge take out & heat a bit in a bowl of hot water.

Just saw on loose women not to do this as can make the baby sick? Im lost now, dunno what to be doing now?

Thanks for reading x

MindUtopia Aug 5th, 2016 09:59 AM

I either made them fresh or made with hot water, cooled quickly and stored in the fridge (usually for the overnight ones). During the day, making them fresh was usually easiest, it saved having to make them, cool them all and then re-heat. We didn't really switch to formula until 10 weeks, so by then it was easy to predict roughly when she would likely be hungry, so I would boil the kettle 20-30 minutes before I planned to make the bottle and then they are fine at room temp for 2 hours before you need to discard them, so I knew she would always want it at some point before it got too old.

For the overnight ones when I didn't have the luxury of doing that, in the evening before bed, I would do the same, boil the kettle, leave for 20-30 minutes, then make a set of bottles for overnight and the first morning one, set them in a big bowl of ice water to quickly chill then store in the fridge and warm in a bowl of boiled hot water as needed.

You definitely shouldn't use room temp water to make the bottles as it needs to be hot when it first comes in contact with the formula powder in order to sterilise it. The idea is that you boil the water not to sterilise the water or the bottle, but the actual formula, so it needs to be hot when you make it. It is less ideal to store them in the fridge for use later because it can risk bacterial growth, especially if your fridge isn't clean and you aren't good about keeping raw meats or things far away from where you'd store the bottles, so cross contamination is one concern. But I think also some people just make the bottles hot and shove them in the fridge, but you actually need to rapidly cool them to a point below like room temp pretty quickly because there is a temperature range that really encourages bacterial growth in milk products, and it can take a long time to cool just sitting in the fridge. So it ends up just being like feeding a bottle you've left out sitting on the counter for 8 hours, which can be dangerous if bacteria has been able to grow.

I think basically just be sensible. If you're going to make them in advance, just do it with hot water and then cool them quickly in ice and water and put in the fridge right away so they stay cold until you need them. Then just don't leave them in there forever. I always made sure I used the refrigerated ones within 8-12 hours.

Witchrose Aug 5th, 2016 13:18 PM

I made all my bottles every morning and then stuck them in the refrigerator until it was time for a feed. I knew that was a controversial method now, but after reading up on it, I felt comfortable doing it that way. I think it's important to remember that no one, not even experts, ever agree on anything, so ultimately you just have to use your own judgement. Odds are, if you use basic common sense and hygiene (as Mind Utopia mentioned about such things such as making sure refrigerator is very clean, no raw meat nearby, etc) that no matter which method you use to make the bottles, your baby will be just fine.

OnErth&InHvn Aug 5th, 2016 13:30 PM

Id make them and keep in fridge, then heat. OR use the room temp formula.

Fruitmash Aug 5th, 2016 13:46 PM

Have you considered buying a perfect prep machine? It's expensive but I've only heard good things about them. Makes a perfect bottle in 2 minutes! I got one on sale ready for this little one's arrival

Nibblenic Aug 7th, 2016 07:50 AM

We are now using prefect prep.
But before that we were making in advance, rapid cooling, storing in fridge and warming on demand. My Lo is on prescription milk and this is how they do it on ward at the hospital, yes its ina sterile room with someone who looks like theyre on breaking bad, bu you get the idea

csto Aug 11th, 2016 14:04 PM

Boiling and cooling water is only necessary if your water comes from a questionable source. (Like a well)

Typically, I use tap water in a formula pitcher (the Dr. Brown's one from amazon) and mix up a full days worth of formula all at once. Then just store it in the fridge and pour into bottles as needed. Mixed formula is good for up to 24 hours if stored in the fridge. We never heated the bottles, my son doesn't mind cold formula.

sayshaa Aug 14th, 2016 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by csto (Post 37636435)
Boiling and cooling water is only necessary if your water comes from a questionable source. (Like a well)

Typically, I use tap water in a formula pitcher (the Dr. Brown's one from amazon) and mix up a full days worth of formula all at once. Then just store it in the fridge and pour into bottles as needed. Mixed formula is good for up to 24 hours if stored in the fridge. We never heated the bottles, my son doesn't mind cold formula.

Do you mean you add cold water to formula powder? Boiling water before adding to formula powder has nothing to do with where the water comes from. It's to kill bacteria that can be present in formula powder, which cannot be properly achieved by using water below 70 degrees.

While that method may work for you and hasn't made your baby ill, that's not to say that somebody (including yourself) who follows this method may not buy formula that has been contaminated. There's no way of knowing if the formula is contaminated or not.

broodymrs Aug 14th, 2016 13:12 PM

We had a perfect prep and it was great. You can get them fairly cheap on eBay, swap and sell etc now.

minties Aug 15th, 2016 01:31 AM

I wouldn't ever make formula in advance, my daughter went onto it at 11 months and at her her age I wouldn't risk it let alone with a very small baby.


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