You’ve decided breastfeeding isn’t for you, or maybe you didn’t decide but the choice was made for you. Maybe you’ve been pumping and bottle feeding but you’re over it. Whatever the reasons or whatever the path, formula is now your baby’s food.

Great! We all love healthy, happy, FED babies.

You may have found that there is little support or education available when it comes to selecting or preparing formula. Obviously we want you to always discuss the type of formula, or switching formula due to allergies or sensitivities, with your baby’s pediatrician. But what about preparing formula? There are some strict rules to follow that you may not be aware of.

  • As with any food preparation, wash your hands and clean the prep area. You’ll also want to make sure the bottles, nipples, etc. are clean and sanitized. 
  • Always read the prep instructions on the formula container. This is especially important if you’ve switched brands for whatever reason. Don’t assume the water to powder ratio is the same across all brands. 
  • Always measure the water first, and then add the powder. Too much water may not provide an adequate amount of nutrition for your baby. Too little water can over-load the digestive system and kidneys causing your baby to become dehydrated. 
  • Once the formula is prepared, it is important to either use it quickly, or store it safely. Use prepared formula within 2 hours of preparation or it can be stored in the refrigerator and used within 24 hours. Once a feeding has begun, use within one hour. Throw out any formula that is left over from a feeding. 

Switching to formula, getting a baby to even accept a bottle, washing bottles or figuring out how much formula to make (bottle by bottle, or a pitcher full) can be overwhelming. Rest assured that our postpartum doulas and Infant Feeding Specialists (IFS) can help! 

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