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The topic of preparing powdered milk formula for children may seem normal and easy, but there are many criteria that must be taken into account in this matter and certain steps that must be followed to give the child good and proper nutrition.
Be careful not to buy or use expired infant formula
Before preparing milk, wash hands well with soap and water, and make sure that bottles, teats, caps and rings are sterilized before using them for the first time. For example, the bottle and its accessories can be boiled in water for five minutes, or placed in a steam sterilization bag in the microwave, or use a self-contained electric steam sterilizer.
The bottle and its accessories usually do not need to be sterilized after their first use. But it can be sufficient to wash it with hot water and soap. A dishwasher can also be used.
But if your baby is less than 3 months old, premature or has a weakened immune system, feeding supplies may need to be sterilized regularly.
Any type of clean water, such as tap water or bottled water, can be used to prepare powdered milk.
It is also important to consider the amount of fluoride in the water used to prepare your baby’s formula.
Exposure to fluoride during infancy helps prevent tooth decay. However, periodically mixing concentrated or powdered liquid formula with fluoridated water can increase the risk of faint white marks or streaks on a child’s teeth (fluorosis) if these formulas are your child’s main food source.
If you are concerned about fluorosis, turn to off-the-shelf formulas that contain a low amount of fluoride, or alternate the use of fluoridated tap water and low-fluoride bottled water such as purified, demineralized, deionized or distilled water to make your milk powder formula.
It’s okay to give your baby room-temperature or even cold formula milk. If your baby prefers warm formula, put the filled feeding bottle in a bowl of warm water and let it sit for a few minutes, or warm the bottle under running water. The formula should be lukewarm, not hot.
Feeding bottles should not be heated in the microwave, as formula milk may heat up unevenly, and hot spots can form that can burn your baby’s mouth.
If it has been more than an hour since the start of the feeding, discard the remaining milk at the end of each feeding.
And don’t put a feeding bottle in the fridge once you’ve finished feeding your baby from it, because bacteria stuck on the bottle nipple from your baby’s mouth can still multiply inside the fridge.
Discard any leftover formula that has been in the refrigerator for more than 48 hours.
If you are preparing several bottles of formula, liquid concentrate or powder, at once.
Discard any ready-made bottle of formula that has been in the refrigerator for more than 24 hours.
And if you’re not sure if the contents of the container or bottle of formula are safe, throw it away.