Safe Formula Feeding Advice

While breastfeeding may be the best way to feed babies, it may not be possible for some mothers who cannot produce enough milk for their new infants. There are alternatives available such as induced lactation or formula feeding. But the latter is the more convenient. Formula feeding makes use of dairy products specially formulated for infants and growing kids. Since formula can come from dairy, utmost safety should be observed. Here are some things to consider.

Follow Formula Instructions  

Parents are given the proper procedure in preparing formula according to age. While procedures may differ from one formula brand to another, it is always important to follow the instructions provided. Not doing so can sometimes lead to babies not getting enough nutrition when there is too much water in formula, or can potentially be at risk of dehydration if there is too little water when mixing formula.

Avoid Storing Prepared Formula for Later Feedings

It is important that you only prepare formula when your infant is scheduled for feeding. Avoid preparing several formula and setting it aside for later feeding. Formula provides the ideal conditions for harmful bacteria to grow.  They can easily multiply inside the bottle in a matter of hours. It is recommended that parents should only feed babies with formula prepared not later than two hours earlier. Formula left after that period should already be discarded to ensure the safety of the child.

Never Microwave Formula

While it may seem ideal to microwave formula to eliminate bacteria, it may not be as safe when it comes to feeding the baby. Microwaving liquids can produce uneven heating and cause hotspots to develop within the liquid. Sometimes when the formula seems fine to the touch after microwaving, the hot spots within may be hot enough to burn the baby’s mouth. It is better to be safe than to be sorry by avoiding using the microwave to heat up formula for baby feeding.