new to formula feeding (maybe!!)

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  1. Babydreams321

    Babydreams321 Well-Known Member

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    Hi im considering supplementing my breastfed baby with formula xx

    Just wondering about the practicalities of it really

    Can i boil the kettle in the morning, pour the water in sterilised bottles..& leave on the side??

    ........then add formula later in the day when a feed is due?? is that ok??

    & additionally can i then microwave it too if necessary??

    Thanks in advance xx
     
  2. MindUtopia

    MindUtopia Well-Known Member

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    Formula should always be made with recently boiled (hot but not scalding) water. I usually boil the kettle, pour it into the bottle and let it cool for about 5 minutes before adding the powder. The reason being that you boil the water not to kill any bacteria in the water itself, but in the formula as it isn't sterile (and in rare cases, babies have died from formula that wasn't made with hot water). You can however made several bottles at once, cool them quickly (sitting in a bowl or sink of ice cold water for a few minutes until cool to the touch), and store them in the fridge until you need one. It's recommended to make them fresh, of course, and that's what it will say on the packet, but making it that way is still safer than making a bottle with cool water.

    It's not recommended to heat them in the microwave (it can make hot spots, and microwaves do affect some nutrients in food, so probably do in formula as well). But people do it. I find just sitting the bottle in a bowl of hot water brings it up to temperature in about a minute or so and that's what I prefer.

    And just as a word of caution, which I'm sure you already know about, but supplementing can affect your supply. I'm guessing your LO is a bit older (not a newborn), so your supply is probably better established. But I had to supplement with formula for health reasons at the time (I was sick and my daughter was having trouble latching, so I had to switch to expressing with some supplementation because she was losing weight). Even with expressing hours and hours a day, I couldn't keep my supply up after I started to supplement and it dried up completely. Now that's probably partly due to a low supply anyway and that I was unwell, but just be careful if you do notice your supply drop and you would like to keep BF at least some of the time.
     
  3. Babydreams321

    Babydreams321 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for taking the time to reply hon

    so to summarise

    i can boil the kettle ,
    put formula in almost straight away ((ie) make a complete bottle )
    then put in the fridge to cool down as a 'made up bottle'
    & can reheat later in this state...

    Itd just be nice to give one bottle a day maybe before bed... (then i will defo express at that time every day too to ensure milk stimulation...)
     
  4. Dime Cuando

    Dime Cuando Well-Known Member

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    I gave my baby her first formula bottle last night so that I can express a little less. I boiled water in the kettle which I left in the fridge. When she was ready for the bottle, I added the formula and warmed the bottle in the bottle warmer - that's what I understood I had to do from the instructions on the box.
     
  5. fieryphoenix

    fieryphoenix new mama

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    The formula has to be made with the hot water to sterilize the powder, not the water, otherwise its dangerous for your lo.
     
  6. Dime Cuando

    Dime Cuando Well-Known Member

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    Oh god, lucky you told me...so you boil the kettle and make up the bottle and then use it within 2 hours? Is it 'ok' to use it after 2 hours?
     
  7. Babydreams321

    Babydreams321 Well-Known Member

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    sorry another question - how long can pre-made bottles be left in the fridge for???? :flower:
     
  8. ThinkPositiv

    ThinkPositiv Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the link. I had no idea!!!! Just thinking if introducing a bottle or two if formula. Didn't know there was so much involved! Is the pre prepared stuff ok to give to older babies? Or is it only for young babies?
     

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