Whether you are formula feeding entirely or supplementing your breast milk, formula preparation and handling can be very simple once you understand the basics.
FIRST, choose the right formula for your baby . Talk to your pediatrician before introducing formula feeds.
Make sure you read all the information below before making your first bottle, and you should be prepared for any questions that may come up along the way.
For a child to receive appropriate nutrition, proper formula preparation is important. Adding too much water dilutes essential nutrients, and can significantly impact a child's nutrition. The results can be serious.
Powdered Formula: To prepare the formula follow the feeding schedule in the product label
Preparing powdered formula is simple, but it’s still important to carefully follow the directions on the label — your baby's health depends on it. With all the mixing, storing, warming, and re-using do’s and don’ts, there’s a lot to consider, remember, and monitor. We get it. And we’re here to help.
Of course, if you have questions, always consult your baby's doctor about the appropriate formula for your baby, and its proper preparation.
A reminder: Powdered infant formula is not sterile, so it should not be fed to premature infants or infants with immune problems unless directed and supervised by your baby's doctor.
Boiling in GCC countries is mandatory by local regulation.
Note: Bottled or filtered water is not a suitable replacement for water that has been boiled.
Formula does not need to be warmed. If you choose to feed warmed formula, do not microwave it. This can cause "hot spots" that could burn your baby. Instead, set the filled bottle in a bowl of warm (not boiling) water or hold the bottle under warm tap water. Sprinkle a few drops of formula on the inside of your wrist to make sure it’s not too hot. Alternatively you can use a bottle warmer.
If your baby starts a bottle of formula but does not finish it within one hour, throw it away. Do not refrigerate it. Do not reheat it. Do not save it for later. Throw it away.
Why? Because during feeding, your baby's saliva can contaminate the formula in the bottle. Once this occurs, reheating or refrigerating will not kill the bacteria.
See the label for specific instructions.