How to prepare
Infant formula can supply nutrients your little one needs for normal healthy growth.
Conveniently, you will find the instructions on how to prepare your specific formula on its packaging.
Here are some general pointers for reference:
- Do take care to measure and mix the formula according to instructions on the pack.
- Correct measuring and mixing will ensure your baby will receive the right amount of nutrients with each feed.
- Adding too much powder will make the formula concentrated and could lead to constipation.
- Adding too much water to the mix will reduce the amount of nutrition in that feed required to support baby’s growth. Baby may be left hungry, unsettled and because of that may not sleep well.
Some simple steps to remember:
Check the expiry date on the packaging to make sure contents are within the use by date.
Always wash your hands thoroughly and sterilise bottles and utensils before starting to prepare your formula.
Follow instructions on the can regarding the correct ratio of water to powder scoops, as this may vary between formulas.
Always use cooled, boiled water for baby’s formula. Boil fresh drinking water for a minimum of five minutes, then cover and allow to cool.
Prepare each bottle individually, adding first water then powder in that order.
To correctly measure the powder, use the scoop provided in the can (it is important to note that scoops can vary in size between different formulas). Don’t tap a filled scoop on the side of the tin as this will pack down the powder. Use a sterilised knife or something similar to level off the contents at the top – and add to the bottle.
Do remember to close the can immediately and store it in a cool dry place such as in a pantry to avoid moisture affecting the quality of the powder.
Seal the bottle tightly then shake until the contents are mixed. Ideally, formula should be prepared just prior to feeding, otherwise refrigerate prepared formula and ensure it is used within 24 hours. (Note: For S-26 AR, avoid making up in advance for best results.)
To warm up the bottle, stand it in a jug of warm water for a time. DO NOT use the microwave to heat up baby’s feed. Microwave ovens heat liquids unevenly and may create ‘hot spots’ in the milk.
Test the temperature of the milk on your wrist before feeding to make sure it is not too hot for your baby.
Any unfinished formula milk should be discarded immediately. Never save unfinished milk for the next feed as it may then harbour bacteria.