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CONFUSED! what's the best way to make up formula feeds?

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dinkyboysmum Sun 15-Jul-07 17:32:45

i'm a little confused about the best way to make up formaula feeds!

i'd like to make up 7 feeds in one go, in preparation for the whole day, but i'm unsure as to how to do it!

should i add formula to boiled water whilst still hot? then put all the feeds in the fridge & re-heat when needed?

Or should i put cooled boiled water in the fridge on its own, then reheat and add formula as needed?

How does everyone else do it?
ALso, how do you do it at night? how long can water, or formula, be kept at room temperature before being used?


ps i'm using cow and gate 'comfort' formula

shinysink Sun 15-Jul-07 17:35:18


The advice regarding this has recently changed. The lastest advice can be found here

lulumama Sun 15-Jul-07 17:38:27

formula should be used within an hour of being warmed or taken out of the fridge

at night, it might be useful to use cartons or to pre boil water, measure and pour into the sterilised bottles, and use a powder dsipenser to add the formula to teh water, the feed is then room temp, and no warming required, and again, should be used within the hour

not what the guidelines advise, but i did this for both of my DCS

dinkyboysmum Sun 15-Jul-07 17:40:20

thanks for that link....but how does it work in practise?

in theory i should boil water and make up each feed as soon as it is i can't make up 7 in advance?

at night, for example, i dont think my crying ds will wait whilst i faff around running boiling water under a tap till it cools!

what does everone else do?

dinkyboysmum Sun 15-Jul-07 17:42:15

i dont think cow and gate comfort comes in a pre-made carton?

lulumama Sun 15-Jul-07 17:43:05 that case you could try getting a powder dispenser

WanderingTrelawney Sun 15-Jul-07 17:44:25

I've always done the same as lulumama - left the water to cool to room temperature, then add powder.

Interesting to see the guidelines have changed. Creates a huge faff in the night though - do you go boil the kettle, fill a bottle, plunge the boiling bottle into the freezer till it cools, all with a howling baby balanced on your shoulder?!

I worked for a French family - they used Evian to make up formula. Useful if you're out and about and can't time water cooling. Do NOT use other bottled or mineral water to make up bottles, I was told Evian is the only safe one to use - others have too many minerals or some'at.

ComeOVeneer Sun 15-Jul-07 17:45:27

HAve to say I filled the bottles with water and added the powder when needed, but ds was only on 4 bottles a day when I swapped from bding, it also helped that he had it at room temp so when out and about we din't need to find ways to heat the bottle

mamimwnci Sun 15-Jul-07 17:46:59

I make up the night feeds (and day) with any temperature water that been boiled at some point, add the formula and put in the fridge.

When I need them I microwave the bottle (obv with the top part off it) and shake it really really well. If you don't want to microwave sit the bottle in boiling water to heat up, doesn't take too long.

dinkyboysmum Sun 15-Jul-07 17:47:48

so you don't ever reheat the cooled boiled water? just keep it at room temp?

dinkyboysmum Sun 15-Jul-07 17:48:42

mamimwnci - thats what i was doing...but apparently its all changed now!

mamimwnci Sun 15-Jul-07 17:49:08

you can reheat the cooled boiled water, it just needs to be used within around an hour after it's been heated.

WanderingTrelawney Sun 15-Jul-07 17:49:41

I don't reheat room temp bottles, no.

shinysink Sun 15-Jul-07 17:50:25

It's just a pain in the bum isn't it?

I used to prepare formula in advance but the advice was different then. This new advice is from the past 18 months. For a while it was deemed okay to let the water cool in the sterile bottles and then make up the feed in them when you needed but apparently even that is no longer advisable!

I have to say that as a HV this new advice is what I have to give new parents BUT I can tell you very honestly that if I had another baby I'd probably do what I did before. That's probably very wrong of me but honestly - I have a life and other things to do. I cannot think how the Mums with several children manage. I suspect they listen to my updated advice, say "Thanks for that" and then very sensibly go on with what they've always done.

mamimwnci Sun 15-Jul-07 17:51:28

I do think that some of the new ways new mums are being told to things e.g ff is going a bit silly!!?

People are scared to use thir own common sense with some things.

I've done it the same with all my 4 and never had any problems

almost30 Sun 15-Jul-07 17:58:38

We were given no advice on this when we switched to bottles as hv though ff evil.

We ended up making the bottles once a day to cover the next 24 hour period and then refrigerated until they were needed. Only when we went on holiday after 6 months and had no access to a fridge that we tried just adding the powder to the already cooled boiled water and that seemed so much easier.

Not sure which is least bad (as obviously would be best to make each feed up fresh, but that's just not realistic imho).

PS We also used Cow and Gate. Can't remember which one - green box. Did come in cartons, which were v. useful for trips out, but would have been expensive more often.

sheepgomeep Sun 15-Jul-07 21:17:03

Sorry but I'm doing what I have always done. I'm making up several feeds all at once and storing them in the fridge.

This is my 3rd baby and my eldest is nearly 8.

I always use all the feeds in less than 24 hours and chuck away if it goes over plus make sure that I use each feed within the hour.

I usually use cartons when I go out too.

I'm very careful about sterilizing too.

Surely its common sense??

Yes cow and gate does come in cartons dinkyboysmum. DD2 is on cow and gate

mears Sun 15-Jul-07 21:23:51

dinkyboysmum - what you have to remember is that formula milk is not sterile. Once bottles are made up they grow bacyeria. The guidance was changed in response to babies deveoping life threatening diseases - meningitis being one of them.

You couls make all your feeds up at once and keep you fingers crossed that your baby will be OK.

Another way to do it is keep the water hot (in a flask) and add the milk when you need it. A lot of bottles are made this was with containers for the powder. The milk can be cooled under a cold running tap.

Or you can buy cartons of ready made milk.

dinkyboysmum Mon 16-Jul-07 09:36:14

thanks for responses...

does anyone know where to get cow&gate comfort formula in ready-made cartons? i cant find them anywhere!

slinkyjo Mon 16-Jul-07 09:39:14

boots should do them

dinkyboysmum Mon 16-Jul-07 09:45:37

no...they do all other cow&gate types, but not comfort???????????

trace2 Mon 16-Jul-07 09:49:05

i do same as lulumama

fannyannie Mon 16-Jul-07 14:16:04

of course you then have to hope that your DC will drink room temp milk.....neither DS2 or DS3 would/will despite our best efforts.....warmed slightly and they down it.

FWIW I make mine up inadvance (with powder) and put in the fridge....then reheat (in the microwave) as needed. I know guidelines have changed but I'm just going to take that risk.....

One thing I don't get though is if you add the water to the bottles and leave them - surely they're no longer sterile then anyhow??? Or are you supposed to sterilised the bottles one at a time as you need them??

Bubbaloo Mon 16-Jul-07 14:27:04

Apparently if you steralise the bottles,put the cooled water in and do them up they remain sterile for 24 hours and don't need to be put in the fridge-they can be left on the side.I was told this when I rang the Aptimal helpline number recently.This is what I now do,then add the powder as needed and heat for a couple of seconds in the microwave and shake well.
With Ds1 I was very lazy and only bought the pre made cartons,so made 6 bottles at a time and left them all in the fridge.

mrsdelboy Mon 16-Jul-07 14:38:39

For my ds I did the same as bubaloo, but once I added the cooled water into the bottles, I put them in the fridge. I then added the formula when needed and heated in microwave. He has always ben fine.

With my dd who is now 4, I made all the feeds for the next 24hours and just kept them in the fridge and she was also fine!

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