Do You Prepare Formula Properly?
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|Thu, 09-23-2010 - 11:12pm|
I posted this before but we have lots of new faces, and this one got a lot of posts last time so I thought it might be worth another go around. It seemed most people thought this was made up to make formula look harder than it was and that the many steps were not important. Even though I took the info straight from the WIC and Similac websites.
I wonder how many believe they prepare their formula properly - and how many actually do? How many believe that the "rules" are not that important or that they know better, based on what their mom or friends do/did?
The following info was taken from the Similac formula website & WIC handout posted online:
- always wash your hands thoroughly with soap, before preparing the formula?
- always clean the lids of formula cans to remove any dust, germs or soil?
- when using Ready to Feed or concentrate, always shake the formula container before opening?
- if the formula is in a can, be sure your can opener is clean.
- always measure the amount of water & formula exactly? For powder, that is 1 unpacked level scoop of formula per 2 fl oz of water.
- Always use a clean knife to level off the scoop? Never tap the scoop on the edge of the can, or the measurement will be wrong.
- never add extra water to make it go farther? Adding too much water to formula can significantly impact a child's nutrition because it dilutes essential nutrients in the formula.
- never add extra formula?
- never feed your baby formula that has expired, or use formula if the container is dented? Did you know the "use by" date means the first day of the month printed on the can, not the last day of that month?
- always used cooled, boiled water for mixing?
- If tap water is fluoridated or has substantial natural fluoride (0.7 mg/L or higher), do you use a low-fluoride alternative water source? Bottled water known to be low in fluoride is labeled as purified, deionized, demineralized, distilled, or prepared by reverse osmosis.
- always let the water cool before adding to formula? Making formula with boiling water can cause clumping and hurt the nutritional value.
- After the boiled water cools to 70C (160F), add it to the formula - then rapidly cool to drinking temperature. Room temperature water is not the safest for making up formula as it's not hot enough to kill the pathogens that may be lurking in formula powder
- always boil clean utensils, bottles and nipples in water before use? For at least 3 months, and up to one year old?
- if you sterilize on the stove, do you bring cold water to a rolling boil, and then turn off the heat? Any longer and you’ll actually increase the concentration of impurities.
- if you wash them in the dishwasher, does your dishwasher get hot enough to sterilize your bottles, etc?
- do you always replace your bottle nipples every month? Or if they become discoloured, swollen or sticky?
- Always use a clear, silicon nipple (versus latex rubber)
- Never use plastic bottle liners, which leach chemicals
- never use bottles with BPA (particularly those labeled #7)? The chemical has come under scrutiny, as some studies show that it mimics the hormone estrogen and other studies have raised questions about its effects on cancer risk, fertility and behavioral problems.
- if using disposable bags, do you use a new bag at every feeding? The nipples, rings, and caps should be still be sterilized.
- once mixed, always sprinkle a few drops on the inside of your wrist to make sure it’s not too hot (or cold).
- know that bottled or filtered water is not a suitable replacement for water that has been boiled.
- avoid vigorous shaking right before feeding — it can cause air bubbles that can lead to gas in your baby.
- never microwave formula? It can cause “hot spots” that could burn your baby. Yes, even if you shake it up after.
- store powdered formula containers, covered, in a cool, dry place, not in the refrigerator and use contents within one month?
- once mixed, feed immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container and use within 24 hours?
- never leave prepared formula at room temperature?
- never freeze formula? Doing so can cause the fat to separate.
- Never save it for later? If your baby doesn’t finish a bottle of formula within one hour, toss the leftover. During a feeding, your baby's saliva can contaminate the formula in the bottle. Once this occurs, reheating or refrigerating won’t kill the bacteria.
- Always throw it out, if you heat the formula, and your baby decides not to take it? Don’t refrigerate it and reheat it again later.
- never add cereal, sweeteners or flavours to the formula?
- always hold your baby for every feeding (barring emergencies) and never prop a bottle, or leave a baby unattended with a bottle?
- never feed in a moving vehicle?
- always let your baby guide the feedings to ensure baby is getting enough to eat - and not being overfed?
- regularly check that there have been no recalls on the brand of formula you are using?
Anything I missed?