Whether you are formula feeding entirely or supplementing your breastmilk, it is very important that you understand the basics of preparing and handling formula milk. After you have selected the right formula for your baby for which you can take your pediatricians advise, the next important step is to choose between the forms of formula milk available in the market.
The formula milk comes in 3 different forms:
Apart from their forms and the way they are prepared, there is one major difference that you should know about.
Powdered formula is not sterile and should be prepared exactly how it is instructed on the container to avoid your baby falling sick due to it. On the other hand, Ready-to-Feed and Concentrated Liquid formulas do not have any bacteria and are sterile until they are opened.
If your baby is born healthy, on or after the due date, you can feed him any form of a formula. If the baby is born premature, with a low birth weight (less than 2.5 kgs), or with a weak immune system and is more likely to fall sick, it is recommended that you feed him either ready-to-feed or concentrated liquid formulas.
Your doctor can also advise you in choosing the right formula for your baby.
Now that you know how to choose the right form of the formula for your baby, let’s discuss how to prepare and store each of these.
As the name suggests, it’s a readymade formula that you can feed your baby right away without adding any water to it. Though they are little more expensive than the other two, it comes very handy when you are out of the comfort of your home.
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To prepare ready-to-feed formula:
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To prepare concentrated liquid formula, follow the steps below:
If you prepare more than what your child will have, you can safely store the mixed formula in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Open containers of concentrated liquid formula can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours as well. If the container has not been opened yet, store it in a cool, dry place.
Also read: Making and storing the formula milk for baby
This is a commonly used formula by parents, easily available, and economical as well.
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To prepare powdered formula, follow the steps below:
It is recommended that you only prepare one bottle at a time. If you make more than one bottle, cool the bottles quickly and store them in the fridge and use the prepared formula within 24 hours.
The opened container of the powdered formula must be used within a month. Make sure you always tightly close the lid of the container after every use.
Some parents prefer to make a bottle just before each feeding, but some others choose to make enough for the day and store in a refrigerator.
The latter is a good practice if you know your baby needs to fed every 3 to 4 hours and there are other things that keep you busy. You can prepare six to eight bottles depending on your baby’s requirements every day.
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