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05/05/2013 at 14:15
Everyone i know seems to make up formula. I know the "official" way to do it is to put boiling water into bottle, add powder, feed straight away. But my friend puts boiling water into all her bottles in the morning, seals bottles and adds powder to the cold water then feeds milk cold. But i was told first time round that you HAD to add powder to boiling water to kill bacteria in the powder - is that rubbish? You see people out and about askibg for boiling water to warm milk all the tine so i am guessing oks ok to add formula to cool water?
Another friend puts say 2oz of boiling water into all bottles, seals then leaves to cool, then when she needs one adds 1oz boiling water abd powder so its at the right temp straight away.
Is there a right or wrong way of making formula up?? Confused.com.
05/05/2013 at 14:49
It's interpreted so differently by each person. At first I did what your friend Does but the HV informed me I'm risking in sterile powder causing a whole host of problems including salmonella in rare cases plus lots of other issues so since then I've always added powder to boiling (cooled for 30mins) water. If E wanted a 6oz bottle id add 3oz of boiled to the bottle then add formula then 3oz of previously boiled and fridge cooled water. That's my compromise to fit guidelines as much ss possible but to also fit in my lifestyle.
05/05/2013 at 15:18
Ah ok. So as long as the formula is added to very hot water first, then its ok to top up with cold previously boiled water.
So did you even do that at night? 30 mins waiting for a kettle to cool would seem like forever at 2am with a hungry newborn....
05/05/2013 at 15:20
Everyone has their own ways of making up formula. With A I make them up for the day in the mornings. I put boiling water in, cool for 30 mins and add the powder then fridge when fully cooled.
05/05/2013 at 16:56
I did the same as FM with my 3 children. Each evening I would boil the kettle and leave the water to cool for approx. 30 mins, in the mean time I would wash and sterilise all the bottles. Then pour in the required amount of water, add the correct amount of formula, then I would cool quickly by putting the bottles in cold water. Once they were cool I would put them straight in the fridge. For my 1st two children I warmed the bottles up when required by using boiling water in a jug, with my 3rd I used the microwave (although if someone else was warming bottle up for me I would ask them to use boiling water and jug as didn't trust anyone else to use microwave right lol, you have to be careful with the microwave that you don't get hot spots in the milk). I would make the whole of the next day's worth of bottles each evening.
05/05/2013 at 17:07
I used to mix the powder with 1/2 the amount of fresh boiled water then add the other half of cooled boiled water, worked for us as it filled the criteria of steralising the powder but meant I didn't have to wait around for it to cool down. I moved to formula once he was down to 2 feeds a day so never had to make it whilst out and about do not sure how practical that would be.
05/05/2013 at 17:17
BG how did you manage the cooled half? Did you have a bottle with say 3oz of cold boiled water (so technically using 2 bottles per feed) as once you've added the powder to the hot half the water level would go up? Did you keep the cold part in the fridge?
So from what everyone has said it sounds like the most important factor is the powder being added to boiling water. Then its fine to either add cold boiled water or store made upformula in the fridge.....
05/05/2013 at 17:24
We used an extra bottle. Just kept it sealed on the side, there's no need to refridgerate it. It was only left for 10 hours at a time, we'd pour it out before we went to bed then made boiled for the hot half in the morning when he woke. Speed was of the essence for us as he was used to bf being available at a moments notice.
05/05/2013 at 18:34
05/05/2013 at 18:37
I always made up sterilised bottles and filled them with boiled water. Then added the powder as and when we needed it, including out and about, middle of night etc. he always drank it at room temp.
Guidelines change all the time though don't they! And the advice is different from country to country too. Just do what you think is sensible, safe and suits your circumstances.
06/05/2013 at 10:27
Sorry I forgot to come back to this.
E stopped her night feeds around 12 weeks, but prior to that I spent a while using ready made formula, and a while going down as soon as E started sturing to put the kettle on, she'd take maybe 5-10mins to wake up, then i'd change her nappy before going to make the formula so it was left for less time than the recommended 30mins (though different formula recommends different times IIRC). People seem to say that you don't put it into boiling water due to risk of killing the good bacteria, not sure how much I believe myself of that so I've followed it where possible but not beat myself up if I can't - the key thing of course being that E was fed.
We use separate bottles for the cold water - the old up to 4oz Tommee tippe bottles with sealing disks (we ditched TT for Mam so they were just laying round) Though you can get a flask if you wanted, and use another kind of measuring device.
08/05/2013 at 01:45
I tend to make feeds as needed and cool in the fridge. At night I'll make a bottle before bed using boiling water and put straight in the fridge until needed then just heat it up when J wakes. As long as freshly made bottles are cooled rapidly and out straight in the fridge they can be kept for 24hrs.
If we're out and about I'll usually make a bottle before we go as he'll normally want it within the two hours it can be kept for
08/05/2013 at 08:30
I did the same as MossyE and others.
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