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Formula Feeding Basics For New Moms

Your new baby needs to feed often, so if you are feeding your baby formula you will need to work out a feeding strategy that will keep your baby healthy. Feeding your baby formula is a bit more complicated than breast feeding, you have to follow certain safety standards to ensure that the bottle is properly sterilized and the formula is still good. Read on to learn more about safe formula feeding methods.

How Do You Sterilize The Bottles?

Sterilizing the bottles properly is one of the most important things about feeding your baby formula. Your baby’s immune system isn’t built up yet and you don’t want to expose her to any germs or bacteria that could make her sick. Before you give your baby the bottle, you have to ensure the bottles and all the components are sterilized.

You can do this in a few different ways. The first thing you can do is put all the components into boiling water for five minutes to sterilize it. Put the parts on a clean towel and let them air dry. Then you will want to hand wash them or put them in the dishwasher.

If you want to save time you can buy a baby bottle sterilizer that will do all the work for you. Don’t boil plastic baby bottles however because the plastic can leach chemicals that might not be good for your baby.

Should You Sterilize The Water You Use To Make The Formula?

While you don’t have to sterilize the water, it couldn’t hurt and will add a second layer of protection. You could also use bottled water to prepare the formula. If you want to sterilize lots of water at once, boil a whole pot of water and store it at room temperature.

How Long Can You Keep Formula?

Formula should never be stored or made in advance. You will want to use it all within one hour. If the formula is older than one hour, throw it away. Also be sure to throw away the formula that your baby doesn’t drink. Never save it for later. One exception to this rule is that you can store the unused formula in the refrigerator for 24 hours. If you use formula that is prepared from concentrate, you can store it for 48 hours in the refrigerator.

What Is The Best Way To Warm Bottles?

You want to make sure the formula is warm, but not hot. In fact, if you start early, your baby will get used to room temperature formula and you won’t even need to warm it up at all. Never microwave formula because some parts can be hotter than others and injure your baby. To gently warm the formula, run the bottle under warm water.

Your baby doesn’t have the same defenses that you do, so you have to make sure that you protect her. Don’t put your baby at risk for getting sick by failing to sterilizing her bottle properly.

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