Formula Preparation

Author Philippa Murphy

12 January 2015
Formula Preparation
  • Wash all the bottles in hot soapy water, squirting water through the teats and using a bottle brush to ensure that everything is clean.
  • Sterilise all of equipment including the lids.
  • Fill the jug with cold water and boil – do not use pre-boiled water.
  • Poor the required amount of water into the bottle and allow to cool to lukewarm – this will allow the powder to dissolve whilst ensuring that the formula can be placed straight into the fridge. If the water becomes too cold then empty a little out and top up with fresh boiled water so the formula powder/nutrients dissolve correctly.
  • Carefully add the scoops of formula powder. After scooping up the formula tap the scoop on the side of the container to make sure there are no air pockets in the powder then level with a clean knife or on the tin if the manufacturers have provided a metal piece at the top to do this.
  • Place the bottle top on and shake to dissolve the powder.
  • Refrigerate.

Formula has to be used within 24 hours of making it.

After studying the formula options, I recommend goats formula as the safest and healthiest option for your baby. Theoretically, goat’s milk is thought to be less allergenic and more easily digested because of the trace amount of the protein casein. If your baby has a reaction to standard cow’s milk formula, use goat’s milk as an alternative. Although goat’s milk formula contains lactose, it is the best option available to stem lactose overload because of its superior digestibility. Unlike lactose-free formula, it does not contain corn syrup or table sugar which can also upset baby’s digestive capabilities. Goat’s milk is the most easily absorbed of all the formulas, leaving less residue behind in the colon. This means less fermentation and less uncomfortable behaviour for your newborn.

Quantities on the formula tins for each age often go well beyond the capacity of a newborns stomach which sees nutrients being pushed through the system too quickly meaning organs that don’t normally deal with certain aspects of break down are pushed beyond their ability. This contributes to communicated discomfort and inconsolable crying – often diagnosed as reflux and/or colic. To find out what quantities are suitable for your baby at each age click here. 

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