Do you intend to bottle feed your child, but do you have no experience with the preparation of goat’s milk formula? No need to worry, because below you will find an overview of what you need to take into consideration when preparing goat’s milk formula for your child. So, read on to find out all you need to know about goat formula preparation.
Before you head to the store to find some bottles and teats for the goat’s milk formula, you must research bottles and teats a little. Unfortunately, there are many types of bottles and teats nowadays, so choosing the right bottles and teats from a tremendous supply may be difficult.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to find the best bottles and teats for your child, because the simplest bottles and teats are usually the best. Bottles in weird shapes, and bottles with a lot of patterns, are not necessarily best, since these bottles tend to be harder to clean. Therefore, go for a bottle with a normal shape and without any patterns, because these bottles are a lot easier to clean and are less likely to have a bacteria pile-up.
Before you add the goat formula to the bottle, you will need to sterilise all the feeding equipment. Even though some parents no longer sterilise bottles for their toddlers, most parents still prefer to sterilise feeding equipment to protect their toddler against digestive distress.
To sterilise your bottle-feeding equipment before adding goat formula, you will need a sterilising solution or sterilising tools. Below, you will find an overview of sterilising methods you could use to sterilise bottles and teats before adding goat formula.
Before you start sterilising the bottles and teats, make sure you clean the bottles and teats in hot soapy water and remove any goat formula that remained after the previous feeding. If any of the goat formula remains, your bottle-feeding equipment will not be sterilised after using your sterilising method.
When using a dishwasher to clean bottles and teats, please make sure your bottles and teats are dishwasher-safe before putting them through a washing cycle.
The first method that can be used to sterilise bottle feeding equipment is cold water sterilising; this is executed with a cold-water sterilising solution. To sterilise the equipment, you must follow the guidelines provided by the manufacturer.
In general, bottles and teats must be left in the sterilising solution for at least a half hour. The sterilising solution must also be changed every 24 hours, if not the bottles and teats cannot be considered sterile when you take them out of the solution.
When putting the bottles and teats in the sterilising solution, please make sure that there are no air bubbles left in the bottles or the teats. If any air bubbles remain, that part of the feeding equipment will not be sterile. Therefore, also make sure that you have a floating cover, which will keep the bottles and teats submerged during the sterilising process.
Steam sterilising is also a popular option in Australia, and is usually done with an electric steriliser or a microwave. Naturally, each of these sterilising methods vary in price. If you already own a microwave, it will not cost you anything. If you choose an electric steriliser, you may have to invest a little, but you will get more convenience in return.
When you decide to use an electric steriliser, please make sure that the openings of the bottles and the teats are placed facing down in the steriliser. Then, check the instructions provided by the manufacturer to ensure you are putting the bottles and teats in the steriliser for the right amount of time.
Boiling is considered the old-fashioned way to sterilise bottles and teats, but it is still quite effective. However, parents must make sure they have a dedicated pot or pan for sterilising, which is not used for food preparation.
To sterilise bottles and teats by boiling it, place the bottles and teats under water for at least ten minutes. While the bottles and teats remain in the boiling water, please make sure all feeding equipment stays submerged.
Even though boiling is one of the most cost-effective ways to sterilise bottles and teats, boiling can cause damage to teats and bottles quicker, so it may cost you a little more in the long run, since you need to replace bottles and teats frequently with the boiling method.
Once you have sterilised all bottle-feeding equipment, it is best to leave your bottles and teats in the sterilising equipment until you need them. By taking out feeding equipment too early, you may expose the equipment to bacteria again, which nullifies the sterilising you’ve just one.
As soon as you take out your bottles and teats, make sure you put the lids and teats on the bottles right away, especially if you intend on keeping the bottles on a surface. In some cases, you cannot keep the feeding equipment in the sterilising liquid, which is why it is best to take them out but make sure they are covered.
Before you add the formula to the bottle, make sure you wash your hands with some antibacterial hand wash. Also, make sure you clean any surface you put the bottles or teats on, so it is preferable to clean the surface with a disinfecting cleaner first.
Even though sterilising bottles and teats is not obligated for toddlers who have already built some resistance against illnesses, sterilising feeding equipment can be good for toddlers who have problems eating solid foods, or toddlers who suffer from a specific condition.
If you are unsure whether to sterilise feeding equipment for your toddler or, please contact your toddler’s paediatrician or another health professional that can provide you with the right advice.