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Safe Water Options

All water used to make formula should be boiled for two full minutes. Be aware that electric kettles may not keep the water at a rolling boil for a full two minutes. It is also best to make up a bottle just before use.

Once boiled, water can be stored in a tightly closed contain for 24 hours at room temperature or 48 to 72 hours in the refrigerator. If you are preparing powdered infant formula, use boiled water that has cooled to 70ºC (takes approximately 30 minutes to cool) and then use right away. This is safest for baby.

If using a concentrate or powered infant formula, consider the following:

Well Water: may be high in minerals and bacteria. It should be tested at least three times a year to make sure it is safe to drink. It should be tested for nitrate levels as they can be harmful to babies less than six months of age. An alternative to having nitrate levels tested, which does cost money, is using bottled water for the first six months.

Town water: is safe to use, but still may contain bacteria. Boil before using for formula.

Bottled water: is safe to use as long as it is not distilled, softened or carbonated. Boil before using for formula.