How To Make Your Own Baby Formula
Today, I would like to teach you how to safely prepare, store as well as handle powered infant formula. To make sure that all of you are well-equipped with the best possible safe practices and information, some tips related to how to make your own baby formula will be provided accordingly.
How to make your own baby formula
As you have known, breastfeeding is the optimal choice for new mothers and has a number of benefits for infants. Mother’s breast milk is very healthy since it provides babies with a combination of nutrients needed for a baby’s growth and development in the long run. In addition, breast milk proteins and fat are easy to digest. Besides, breastfeeding is convenient as no preparation as well as storage is needed. Moreover, breast milk’s antibodies strengthen the baby’s immune system, help to protect them from ear and respiratory infections as well. But in reality, not many families can do this and not all families choose to. Therefore, baby formula is regarded as healthy and nutritious alternative for mother’s natural milk.
According to the research from the World Health Organization, powdered infant formula is not a sterile product even though it is manufactured in the safest way, which means that it may meet the current health and hygiene standards. This formula can still contain some pathogens such as bacteria, which can result in serious illness and have bad influence on a baby who is preterm low birth weight as well as any baby under two months old. As a consequence, I want to help you protect your babies by giving some instructions on how to make your own baby formula in the safest way and eliminating all possible pathogens.
Step 1: Wash your hands and sterilize the bottles
Before getting started, you need to wash your hands thoroughly since your own personal cleanliness is essential. Moreover, to ensure your baby’s health and safety, you are required to pay much attention on preparing your baby’s bottles. Firstly, you need to prepare a number of four-ounce glass baby bottles which are sterilized. With these bottles, you can purchase a baby sterilizing machine or place them in the dishwasher on a hot steam setting. Apart from these two methods, you can hand-wash them with hot soapy water and then, submerge the bottles in a pot of boiling water for three full minutes.
Step 2: Add water and formula together
Next, you can read the instructions on the container of formula and follow the exact measurements recommended by the manufacturer for preparation. Regardless of what type of baby formula you are using, parents and caregivers should always follow the exact preparation and storage instructions on the product label. The first step of how to make your own baby formula is to put a large pot on the stove and add the water in the formula according to the directions, which is usually 32 ounces of water and 16 scoops of powdered infant formula. This amount can lead to about 8 four-ounce bottles.
Also, you should ask your healthcare provider if you should boil the water. Depending on where you live and the quality of your water supply, boiling the water can help to keep your baby safe and healthy. Make sure not to touch the powdered formula with your hands as you can use the measuring utensils. Then, bring the mixture up to 70 degree Celsius or 158 degree Fahrenheit for three minutes.
Step 3: Pour the mixture into sterilized bottles
Pour this amount into your glass bottles, shake until mixed which is about 10 to 15 seconds and allow them to cool in the fridge for an hour before placing the nipples and the caps back on.
For parents, time is tough and formula is expensive, but make sure to avoid the temptation to water it down and try to make it stretch. By doing this, you will harm your babies nutritionally and developmentally. You can store prepared formulas in the coldest part of the fridge for up to 24 hours. Instead, you can serve right away and let your hungry baby do the rest.
After making enough bottles to store and consume within a 24-hour period, anything left in the fridge after that point needs to be discarded right away. It is not safe for baby to consume those, also anything left at the bottom of the bottle after the baby drinks it, do not save that or put it back to the fridge. Dump that amount right away is a wise decision.
When you are ready to feed your baby, just use a bottle of warmer or place it in a bowl of hot water for five minutes to unchill. Never use the microwave to heat the bottle since there may be danger of overheating the liquid. During the microwaving process, the bottle may remain cool when the hot spots develop in the formula causing serious burn to your babies. Always remember to give a little shake afterwards to remove any hot spots and test it on the inner part of your wrist just to make sure. Room or body temperature is the best, any warmer temperature than that is not suggested. Now, you are ready to feed your precious baby.
Some other notices
Formula that is prepared from powder and placed in bottles for feeding should be refrigerated and used within 24 hours. The remaining powder should be tightly covered and stored in a cool dry place and used within a month after opening. After one month, throw away any unused powder and its container. When your baby reaches two months old and your pediatrician says you no longer need to sterilize your powdered infant formula, you just need to prepare it with clean filtered water and keep it stored at the temperatures we discussed earlier.
In summary, this method of how to make your own baby formula will help you to take good care of your child. In case you need any advice for other issues, do not hesitate to contact us immediately.