Sterilize every piece of equipment needed – bottle, teat, cap and disc. Wash your hands with soap and dry them carefully.
Measuring and mixing the feed
Formula must always be freshly prepared for your baby. If you are travelling, carry pre-measured amounts of formula milk powder and boiled water in airtight containers. These can be mixed together as and when needed. Always measure carefully, as a weak mixture will weaken your baby, and a too-strong feed may lead to dehydration that worsens as the baby eats more of the strong feed.
- Boil water in a kettle and let it cool till between 70 and 90 degrees. This takes about half an hour.
- Look up the recommended amounts of water and powder from the packet of powder.
- Pour the amount of water you need into the bottle. Pouring the water first ensures that you measure volume accurately – if the powder is added before the water, the feed becomes too strong.
- Recheck the water level by placing the bottle on your countertop and crouching to check the bottle markings. Do not check this while holding the bottle in your hand, as it may be tilted and give you a wrong reading.
- Add the required amount of powder to the bottle. Always measure using the scoop from the packet, as it gives a perfectly accurate measurement.
- Level the scoop of powder with a clean knife or spatula. Sometimes, a leveller is included in the pack of powder.
- While levelling, do not pack down the powder – this will result in a feed too strong for your baby.
- Resist the temptation to add “one scoop for good luck”. A feed that is too strong will not strengthen your baby; it will merely lead to dehydration, discomfort and illness.
- Put the disc onto the bottle’s neck, and screw on the cap tightly. Do not be overzealous with the screwing-on, as you may break the cap.
- Shake the bottle very carefully to mix powder and water together. Test the feed temperature by letting a drop fall on the inside of your wrist or elbow. If needed, the feed can be cooled off by holding the bottle – capped and held tilted – under a stream of running water.
Storing Formula Milk
Once formula milk powder has been mixed with water, it must not be stored. Formula milk powder is not sterile; therefore you run a risk of contamination if the mixture is stored for any length of time. Expressed breast milk, however, can be stored in the back of the fridge (away from the door) for up to three months.
Feeds should never be kept warm, as milk is a storehouse of nutrients for bacteria as much as it is for humans. Once your baby finishes the meal, throw away any formula milk you may have left. Be sure to keep a eye open for discounts on forumula powder since this can cost a nice bit of money. I personaly use mothercare discount codes to save a few dollars everytime I plan to purchase something baby related.