reusing bottle

Discussion in 'Formula Feeding' started by Lozzy_Loo, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Lozzy_Loo

    Lozzy_Loo Well-Known Member

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    Recently my LO has gone through a growth spurt and she's needed a top up of formula after her feeds.

    Ive been using a new sterilized bottle for this top up but i just wondered if you could use the same bottle to make another few oz up??
     
  2. jenfen

    jenfen Well-Known Member

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    Hi hun

    You should use a fresh sterile bottle for each feed. The milk that gets left in the bottle (even if its just a few drops) will start to produce bacteria quite quickly and so if you make up more milk in that same bottle that bacteria will still be present.
    Its a pain I know, especially if they are only having and ounce or 2 at a time but its better not to risk it really.
    You can pre-make formula so why not make 3 or 4 top up bottles at a time, cool them and store in the back of your fridge until you need them, it saves a lot of stress!
    There is a link to the World Health Organisation's guidlines for pre-making formula in my signature if you want to have a read....

    HTH

    J x
     
  3. Lozzy_Loo

    Lozzy_Loo Well-Known Member

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    jojolou1981 Mother to Chloe Leigh

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    a bottle can last up to 2 hours with the same milk in the bottle if your lo has drunk the milk in the bottle before the 2 hours is up then boil the kettle, swill the bottle round and make the feed in the same bottle i was doing this also and thought why??? when the smae bottle lasts 2 hours anyway, if is over the 2 hours i make a new bottle
     
  5. jojolou1981

    jojolou1981 Mother to Chloe Leigh

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    you can use the same bottle if its within 2 hours of feeding after 2 hours a fresh bottle is used :) x
     
  6. littlemiss83

    littlemiss83 Mum of 2

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    I use the same bottle for top ups but only if its there & then, or within 1 hour of the original feed, it doesn't very happen very often.

    The times when i've topped up straight away after the original feed, its only been a matter of 20mins since the feed was made & bottle sterilised anyway, so no harm in adding a bit more formula.

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  7. jenfen

    jenfen Well-Known Member

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    To clarify, for an immediate top up then I would, I just wouldn't if its been a while.
    When my lo was tiny and having an oz here and 2oz there, I would just pre make lots of little bottles, that way I would always be able to get a fresh bottle quickly. I found this easier that trying to make an extra oz or 2 up whilst trying to pacify a crying baby!

    J x
     

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