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#1 Magnolia

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 01:32 PM

I'd be interested to know how you prepare formula.

Do you make each bottle individually just before giving it to bubs?

Or do you make up a batch and reheat it?

I'm having to give DS formula because of a low supply. So I am expressing and formula feeding with a bottle. But I don't know if I'm doing it the best way.

I've just switched from S26 gold to Nan HA and it doesn't say you can make it ahead and keep refridgerated. Which is what I have been doing.

What do you find is the easiest way to prepare formula?

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ETA: I just saw nutrition and feeding, didn't realise it was the 2/3 year olds section. Sorry blush.gif My DS is just over 2 months old.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 01:42 PM

I always make it as needed.

Bottles are on the bench with boiled water ready to go. Because I leave them at room temperature they don't take long to warm up (I use the microwave) takes about 15 seconds at most. Add the formula, give it a really good shake, done.

I've always been wary of making it ahead in case it doesn't get used coz once formula is mixed it has to be used within 24 hours.

I've also been wary of making a big batch not in bottles in case the formula settles and then bubs doesn't get the correct amount of Formula with each feed (some less, some more as you get through the big batch)

This has always been my take on everything.

PS everyone else: this is in regards to newborn feeding, Carolyn is a december 2010 mum like me. It's just in the wrong section smile.gif
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 01:44 PM

The way I used to do it was to wash & sterilize all the bottles at once. I'd then fill then with boiling water and keep in the fridge. When it was time for a bottle, I'd take one out, warm the water in the microwave, and then add the formula, shaking really, really well.

The general advice that I read was that you shouldn't pre-prepare bottles, with the formula inside.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 01:48 PM

I used to prepare the day's bottles in the morning, filling them all up with boiling water. At each feed I'd just add the required formula amount and shake it up. I never heated the bottles.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 01:50 PM

QUOTE(♥ Emsie ♥ @ Feb 8 2011, 02:12 PM) View Post

PS everyone else: this is in regards to newborn feeding, Carolyn is a december 2010 mum like me. It's just in the wrong section smile.gif


Thanks Em smile.gif

Didn't realise that there were different nutrition/feeding subforums blush.gif

QUOTE(beachgurl @ Feb 8 2011, 02:18 PM) View Post

I used to prepare the day's bottles in the morning, filling them all up with boiling water. At each feed I'd just add the required formula amount and shake it up. I never heated the bottles.


Did you leave the bottles out? So Zoe would drink them room temperature?

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 02:12 PM

Harper has the odd one at room temp and Is fine with it smile.gif
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 02:45 PM

I used to boil the water at night and sit it on the bench next to the bottles and prepare each as I went along. I never heated her bottles, she drank them at whatever temp they were given to her. Made it easy when we were out and about.
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 03:07 PM

QUOTE(♥ Emsie ♥ @ Feb 8 2011, 02:42 PM) View Post

I always make it as needed.

Bottles are on the bench with boiled water ready to go. Because I leave them at room temperature they don't take long to warm up (I use the microwave) takes about 15 seconds at most. Add the formula, give it a really good shake, done.

I've always been wary of making it ahead in case it doesn't get used coz once formula is mixed it has to be used within 24 hours.

I've also been wary of making a big batch not in bottles in case the formula settles and then bubs doesn't get the correct amount of Formula with each feed (some less, some more as you get through the big batch)

This has always been my take on everything.

PS everyone else: this is in regards to newborn feeding, Carolyn is a december 2010 mum like me. It's just in the wrong section smile.gif


Yep, same here for us.

We always heated Ben's bottles as from very early on he would just refuse to drink it if it wasn't warm rolleyes.gif
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 07:40 PM

I make Ben's bottles as needed. Ben will only drink his milk at room temp he won't have it warm.
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 08:56 PM

QUOTE(AK2 @ Feb 8 2011, 02:44 PM) View Post

The way I used to do it was to wash & sterilize all the bottles at once. I'd then fill then with boiling water and keep in the fridge. When it was time for a bottle, I'd take one out, warm the water in the microwave, and then add the formula, shaking really, really well.

The general advice that I read was that you shouldn't pre-prepare bottles, with the formula inside.



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Posted 09 February 2011 - 09:02 AM

I would always boil the kettle at night and fill up 4 bottles and leave them on the bench for the next day. I would just heat them up as I needed then add the formula.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 04:45 PM

I wish so much that my son would have accepted bottles at anything other than lobster-hot temperature. He's a bit like me in loving hot temperatures!!

ETA: This sounds like I gave him boiling hot water, which I didn't- just that he wouldn't touch bottles unless they were fairly hot- hotter than what I would have expected for a baby (I'm tired- can you tell? tongue.gif)

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 06:26 PM

We sterilize all the bottles in the evening ready for the next day, fill them all with boiled water and keep them all in the fridge. We then just add the formula at the time of the feed, then warm up bottle.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 07:06 PM

QUOTE(AK2 @ Feb 8 2011, 02:44 PM) View Post

The way I used to do it was to wash & sterilize all the bottles at once. I'd then fill then with boiling water and keep in the fridge. When it was time for a bottle, I'd take one out, warm the water in the microwave, and then add the formula, shaking really, really well.

The general advice that I read was that you shouldn't pre-prepare bottles, with the formula inside.

This is exactly what we do as well. Make 5-6 bottles and keep them in the fridge for the following 24hours.
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