6 Helpful Tips For Storing Formula Milk For Your Baby

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For many newborn babies, breast milk is the sole source of nutrition. However, formula milk for your baby isn’t bad either. One common notion that has been around since time immemorial is that breast milk is the best and only source of nutrition for babies. But that is not the case. Formula milk also imparts a fair share of benefits to the baby. For example, it is convenient to prepare the formula for the baby, and it also gives the mother some much-needed time to relax. Another important benefit of formula feeding is that both parents can take turns feeding the baby. So how do you store the formula? Read on for some tips on storing the formula for longer periods.

6 Useful Tips On How To Store Formula Milk Safely?

Below are a few pointers you should keep in mind while preparing the formula milk:

1. Selecting The Right Equipment:

While shopping for the baby bottles and storing equipment like vessels, make sure you choose the leading brands in the market.

  • The bottles should be in good condition. Look for any external damage or tampering before buying them.
  • The vessels and containers should be reliable and microwave friendly. Pick the ones that come with lids.
  • The bottles and the containers have to be washed and cleaned every time they are used. Select good washing products that will help you in effective cleaning.

2. Sterilizing The Bottles:

You may be a hands-on mommy or a busy working woman, but you will have to invest a little time while sterilizing the baby bottles before the feeding process.

  • Take a large vessel and boil water in it.
  • Once the water starts boiling, put all the baby bottles in the rolling boil for at least five minutes.
  • You also choose counter tops and microwave friendly sterilizers available in the market.
  • After sterilizing, wash the bottles and nipples in warm soapy water (1).

3. Preparing The Formula Milk:

Usually, the pack containing formula powder will have specific instructions about the quantity to be taken per feed. You have to follow the same with care.

  • Mix the formula powder with water (boiled and cooled prior) as stated on the pack.
  • Make sure that water is not very cool while preparing the feed as it will not mix with the powder effectively.
  • Close the bottle and shake it well enough so that the formula mixes properly.
  • Ensure that the formula is prepared with adequate thickness. It should not be too thick or too runny.
  • Check the temperature of the formula milk before feeding your baby. Make sure that the milk is not very hot or very cold. A warm feed is just perfect for your infant.
  • Test the heat by pouring few drops on your elbow

4. Cleanliness Of Baby Bottles:

If your baby is constantly on a formula feed, the bottle hygiene is of crucial importance.

  • Ensure that you sterilize and clean the bottles every possible time (2).
  • Washing the bottles thoroughly after every feed is very important.
  • Throw away any old bottles that have been well used up. Replace them with new ones.

Tips On How To Store Formula Milk In The Fridge:

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It is ideally stated that you should not store the formula feed for more than 15 minutes during normal conditions. However, if there is an inevitable situation where you have to store the feed, keep the following pointers in mind:

  1. The formula feed prepared should be stored in the refrigerator within one hour.
  2. Throw away the formula milk left by your baby in the bottle.
  3. Dispose any formula milk that has been sitting under the room temperature for an hour or so (3).
  4. Formula feed can be prepared well in advance and stored in the refrigerator for about 24 hours (2).
  5. Throw away any formula feed that crosses the 24 hour timeline even in the fridge.
  6. Make sure that you check the formula before feeding your baby within the 24 hour span for any bacterial build up. An ideally refrigerated feed should be safe enough.

Formula milk for your baby is one of the best sources of nutrition. You can safely store formula milk in the refrigerator for around 24 hours. However, throw away any formula stored for longer. Before buying a bottle to store formula milk, look into its quality and ease of cleaning. Also, ensure you sterilize the bottle properly before feeding your baby since bottle hygiene is vital to ensure your baby’s safety. Don’t hesitate to consult your doctor if you have any queries regarding storing formula milk.

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