HELP! just given baby old formula by mistake

(37 Posts)
steviewonderful Tue 10-May-16 16:53:20

it was about 3 hours old, I mixed up the bottles when we were out.

she's 6 months old

health visitor is being vague, anyone know anything about this, what are the chances she'll get ill and what are the symptoms?

I know it's no excuse but i'm under loads of stress and never wanted to have to mixed feed in the first place!!!!!
thanks xxx

LoudBatPerson Tue 10-May-16 16:57:25

She will most likely be fine, think about how many times people eat food that has been put too long but do not get sick. Yes there is a risk but doesn't mean she will get ill.

If she does it will be typical stomach upset such as vomiting and/or diarrhoea. If she does get ill call the doctor for advice of you are not sure how bad it will be. Even if she does get ill chances are it will not be serious.

Lastly, don't blame yourself! It's a simple mistake, easy to make.

Strokethefurrywall Tue 10-May-16 16:58:58

Take a very deep long breath OP <takes OP by shoulders and looks firmly in the eye> - Your Baby Will Be Absolutely Fine thanks

Seriously, you have done nothing wrong. It is the tiniest of mistakes to make. You're not a bad mum, you're doing a wonderful job. I gave my DSs (yes both of them) plenty of old milk, even worse, plenty of old expressed breast milk, left out far longer than 3 hours (and I live in the tropics too!) Neither of them even blinked. It didn't make them ill, they were none the wiser.

Sit down, give your baby a cuddle, have a hot cup of tea and a biscuit.

You're doing fine, your baby is fine and I'm 99.9% sure she will stay that way.

FirstWeTakeManhattan Tue 10-May-16 17:00:57

Your baby will be fine OP.

purplefizz26 Tue 10-May-16 17:02:24

I did this plenty of times, your baby will be fine.

JuxtapositionRecords Tue 10-May-16 17:03:23

She will be absolutely fine - I promise. Please forget it and don't think you need to make excuses, things like this happen to everyone smile

MrsJayy Tue 10-May-16 17:04:02

We used to make bottles up in advance I know guidelines have changed but your baby will be OK

strawberrypenguin Tue 10-May-16 17:04:17

She'll be fine. I think everyone's done it at some point!

steviewonderful Tue 10-May-16 17:17:12

thank you so much mumsnet xxxxx
i'll keep an eye on her as I know there's still a small chance that she might get ill.
Thanks for the practical advice and also the nice words to try and stop me beating myself up!
I don't need another reason to be ragingly angry about not being given the tiny amount of support I needed to fully breastfeed, but this definitely is one.
I need to slow down and not get so affected by her crying/whimpering sometimes, cos sometimes it's more important to think about what you're doing than to rush to do whatever it is to soothe the baby, when that thing might be the wrong thing!
I love her, she's amazing, I'm so lucky

glueandstick Tue 10-May-16 17:28:06

Fuck sake. Your health visitor should have been a bit more supportive. As if it isn't hard enough being a new mum. She can't say 'oh yes don't refrigerate it' (which would be silly anyhow) but she could have reassured you.

Your baby will be fine. Absolutely fine. Now quit worrying and have a nap if your baby is have a post feed snooze. Or have a cuppa and put your feet up.

The obsession with milk is worrying. It really is for people who really don't do cleaning very well. All the info is a bit obsessive. Really don't worry. You're doing fine.

Emptynestx2 Tue 10-May-16 17:29:44

Ah don't worry or beat yourself up about this, as another poster said we used to make up bottles in advance and my children have both grown up fine. Don't try to do too much, a baby that is a bit grumpy won't come to any had being left for a few minutes. Enjoy your baby and try not to worry too much X

glueandstick Tue 10-May-16 17:30:25

(I make bottles up in advance and don't sterilise everything to within an inch of its life. My baby is currently asleep on her play mat with a blanket draped on her as that's where she fell asleep. She also sometimes sleeps on her front. I don't weigh her every week. Oh she's bottle fed thanks to no breastfeeding support. She's healthy, growing and I'm not stressed. Do what you need to keep the stress down)

crazywriter Tue 10-May-16 17:35:36

Take a deep breath. As others have said, baby will be fine. I make bottles up in advance and just make sure they're used with 24 hours. Dilone it with both mine and both are perfectly fine x

TormundGiantsbabe Tue 10-May-16 17:40:07

Don't worry about it. Soon she will be putting everything and worse in her mouth. The remains of a week old fluffy sausage roll was our latest actual food one blush. At the weekend, Dd ate mud from someone else's garden... part of me was concerned because it wasn't our mud, then I found myself a grip.

BalthazarImpresario Tue 10-May-16 17:45:55

Line others with Dc1 I made up the days bottles in advance as was ok at the time. 6 years later when I had dc2 it changed. Now they are 14 and 8 and God knows what they find in their rooms to eat.

murphyslaws Tue 10-May-16 17:49:11

She will be fine. My formula was to be made and given then 6 months ago they changed it to make up and fridge for no longer than 24 hrs.

She will be fine don't panic

JuxtapositionRecords Tue 10-May-16 17:54:27

I was going to say the same about the HV glue but sadly it doesn't surprise me.

Op - formula or breast it really doesn't matter. You sound lovely so I'm sure you are doing a great job. Just try and relax and enjoy your baby.

BertieBotts Tue 10-May-16 17:55:25

It's probably fine. Don't do it on purpose! smile But it's a small increased risk, not a death sentence. At 6 months her immune system is likely to be decent as well and if you're still mixed feeding she might even have some protection from the BF? Who knows! But in reality I'd say you have very little to worry about.

BertieBotts Tue 10-May-16 17:56:26

And as an aside if you want support/advice to move towards more BF than FF (I realise you'll be starting solids soon) the ladies on the infant feeding board here are fantastic and vv knowledgeable.

steviewonderful Tue 10-May-16 18:53:05

thanks everyone, just to clarify, I do make up bottles in advance, what I meant was that she had already drunk from this bottle about 3 hours before, hope that makes sense!
it feels like a fine balance between exposing her to stuff to build her immune system, and protecting her from harmful illness
thanks again, wasn't expecting such lovely msgs from AIBU, was expecting a couple of flamings in amoungst! (but the night is young!)

MiddleClassProblem Tue 10-May-16 18:56:21

Don't worry she'll be fine, my friend did it by accident for double that time! It's only an hour more than leave out time x

scottishegg Tue 10-May-16 19:01:23

Done it no end of times, with my first I used to make the bottles up and keep them in a bag all day!!! Dont know what I was thinking I'm much more careful with my 4th. Don't beat yourself up xxx

likeaboss Tue 10-May-16 20:03:51

I thought you were going to say it was days old grin

Christ knows DH and I have done that numerous times, usually by accident either because of tiredness or random error. All the warnings about slightly old formula is there to protect the sellers from being sued if the worst happens. Obviously not suggesting you make it a regular thing wink but it's really not the end of the world.

She'll be absolutely fine, don't worry.

blueturtle6 Tue 10-May-16 20:16:22

Done this a week or so ago, exactly the same as I put used bottle back in cool bag. She was fine, I hardly slept from the guilt.....

blueturtle6 Tue 10-May-16 20:16:41

Done this a week or so ago, exactly the same as I put used bottle back in cool bag. She was fine, I hardly slept from the guilt.....

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