I am primarily breast feeding but want to start using Aptamil ready made cartons for when we are out for the day or dd is at her grandparents. I am not successful at expressing at the moment, so cartons seem like a good option.
I have been looking online and the advice given all seems to differ and conflict. Could anyone using the cartons please help me with the following:
* Once milk has been decanted into a sterilised bottle, how long can it be left at room temperature before it has to be used - answers I have see differ between 2 and 4 hours.
* can I pour left over milk into a sterilised bottle and store this in the fridge or does it have to be left in the carton?
Any other advice/information on using the cartons would be really appreciated.
Not sure about how long to leave it but when I was in hospital they said 2 hours. The milk is UHT milk, so normal UHT milk lasts around 7 days from opening in a fridge. On the small boxes it says 24 hours from opening, but on the bigger 1litre containers it says 48 hours. Me being a cynic believes this is a marketing ploy to get you to throw away milk and buy more. I see no reason why the big containers can be left for 24 hours longer than the small cartons. Fwiw I used them with a few days but definitely longer than 24 hours. I kept it in the carton and in bottles.
I used them the same way, I found it handy to have one in my bag, and the grandparents had them too (I found frozen milk even more of a pain and it usually had gone off by the time I wanted to use it!)
I've also been using the 200 mls cartons, in the beginning she would only drink about 90mls so I would pour whole carton into bottle and use it for 2 feeds. And for going out pour milk into sterilized bottle, heat it up and keep it in an insulated bottle 'carrier'. Really easy. I only use 1 a day now so not too expensive.