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Anyone use an 80 degree temp kettle for making formula?

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FruitTop Thu 20-Nov-14 12:29:16

I am trying to find an efficient way of making formula up. I've been looking at the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine, but I've seen a Bosch kettle which heats water up to variable temps (70, 80, 90, 100 degrees). So my thinking is: wack the kettle on at the 70 or 80 setting and good to go!

Is 80 degrees enough to kill bacteria in formula?

We need a new kettle and would be much more cost effective than splashing out on the TT Prep.

ElphabaTheGreen Thu 20-Nov-14 15:46:31

I'm not a formula feeder but as I understand it, the water has to boil before you make up a feed (to kill off greeblies in the water as well as the formula) then ensure that, if cooled, it does not fall below 70 deg. I don't think you can make up formula with water that has only heated up to 80 deg and not boiled.

FruitTop Thu 20-Nov-14 16:50:39

This is where I am confused in my research. Thought it was the bugs in formula that is the issue, not water (which in the UK is pretty much sterile) hence the 70 degrees c rule, which is a sufficient temp to kill bacteria. And would fresh boiling water not denature the formula?

Perhaps it's back to ready-made formula BUT the kettle may come in handy for hot ribenas for me.

ElphabaTheGreen Thu 20-Nov-14 16:52:42

From food hygiene training, I know that only 100 deg kills bacteria. Temperatures between 70-99 just make them sluggish, but not dead.

Kelly008 Thu 20-Nov-14 17:47:46

Don't buy the prep machine. My little one was born 5 weeks ago and I got it and thought it was the best thing ever. But after 3 days I noticed it was making an extra oz of water so her feed had been wrong for those 3 days shock loads of similar reviews online so I returned it. I bought a thermos flask from argos for £25, boil the kettle and let it cool for 25 mins then I fill the flasks bf make up feeds as needed.Water stays warm for 12 hours although I change it at night before bed then when I wake up and some time in the afternoon but twice a day is fine also. Hv and midiwfe said its safe to do as water is boiled and still warm enough to kill bugs in the milk. By the time I have given baby a cuddle an nappy change its cooled down enough.

Kelly008 Thu 20-Nov-14 17:48:50

If you use boiling water it damages the nutrients in the powder so they say 70ish degrees

Sundaysmumisfullofwine Thu 20-Nov-14 20:45:32

Re the perfect prep, yes, the bottles will have more than the desired number of ounces, but this is because the powder contributes to the volume in the bottle. I know of a few people who have thought their PP was faulty because the bottles seemed to have more in than they expected, but when they tested the machine by just dispensing water, it was spot on.

Redling Fri 21-Nov-14 17:20:00

Yes the powder makes the volume of the perfect prep more but the amount of water is correct. Also when just made its slighty frothed which makes it look like more. I adore the Perfect Prep.

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