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Preparation of Infant Formula

If you are feeding your baby infant formula, it's important to ensure you prepare it safely and properly.

Warming Infant Formula: If you make infant formula in advance, it can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours. To warm up already prepared infant formula, warm it for no longer than 15 minutes to room temperature or body temperature by placing the bottle either under warm running water, in a bowl of warm water, or in an electric bottle warmer on a low setting. Avoid using a microwave to warm bottles as it can cause "hot spots" and burn your baby's mouth. If your baby does not finish the bottle of warmed formula, the leftovers must be thrown out. Do not keep leftover infant formula.

Feeding equipment: Use glass or BPA-free bottles and intact nipples. If you notice any signs of wear to the bottles or nipples, throw them out. To ensure feeding equipment (bottles, nipples, tongs) is sterilized, boil the equipment for at least five minutes at a rolling boil. If you are using a commercial sanitizer, follow the manufacturer's instructions.

To learn more about preparing infant formula, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-877-4577 and speak with a Family Health Nurse.