To obtain a safe infant formula for your infant, we at Oli6 have created the following guide for safety conscious parents. Read on to discover the main denominators you should consider when you choose and prepare a formula for your child.
One of the first questions parents need to ask themselves is if the formula they are considering is a more natural option. A more natural formula will keep the high amount of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are found in the dairy source. For example, goat’s milk contains a high amount of magnesium and calcium naturally. A high amount of these minerals can also be found in goat’s milk formula.
No matter how safe the formula you have obtained for your child, bacteria always find a way . Since babies and toddlers are more susceptible to illness than adults, it is essential to prepare your formula very carefully.
One thing to take into consideration is the fact that bacteria tend to multiply incredibly fast at room temperature. To reduce the chances of harmful bacteria ending up in the formula and affecting the health of your child, it is recommended to make up feeds one at a time.
Water used for formula should also be boiled and not left to cool in the kettle for longer than 30 minutes. By doing this, you keep the temperature at approximately 70 degrees Celsius and kill any harmful bacteria that may have been in the water. However, do not forget the let the formula cool a bit more before you feed the baby.
Bottled water is also not recommended to prepare your formula. Bottled water is not considered sterile and may contain a high amount of sodium or sulphate. If you do decide to use bottled water, be sure to check the label on the water bottle before using it. The total amount for sodium should not be higher than 200 milligrams per litre and sulphate should remain lower than 250 milligrams per litre.
The first step is adding approximately one litre of water to the kettle for boiling. Be sure that the water you are boiling has not been boiled before. Then, boil the water and leave it to cool for a little under 30 minutes. Do not use the water if it has been cooling for longer than 30 minutes.
Before you make the formula with the boiled water, make sure to clean and disinfect the area you are going to use for formula preparation. Also wash your hands before handling any bottles or the formula itself. Ideally, wash your hands with a disinfecting hand wash.
Parents who use a cold-water steriliser should shake off any excess solution from the bottle and the teat or rinse it with some of the boiled water from the kettle. Do not use any tap water for this, considering that tap water may still cause bacteria to end up on or in the bottle.
When the bottle has been sterilised properly, place the bottle onto the clean surface. Do not keep the teat or the cap on the surface, but leave it on the steriliser. Then, follow the instructions stated on the label of the formula. Always check the amount of water before you add the formula. It is also important to always put the water in the bottle first.
Most formulas come with a special scoop you can use to measure the amount of formula you need to add to the bottle. Before you add the scoop to the bottle, be sure you remove any excess with a leveller or a sterilised knife.
When the formula has been added to the water, grab the edge of the teat and place it on the bottle. Then, apply the retaining ring and the cap on the bottle. Shake the bottle until the formula has dissolved in the water.
Before you give the formula to your child always check the temperature of the formula on the inside of your wrist. The formula should always be given at body temperature, so the formula can only feel slightly warm or cool, never hot.
For most of the time, the baby will not drink the entire bottle. If this is the case, never reuse formula that has been prepared before. Throw away any excess formula and repeat the process for formula preparation for the next feed.
The amount of water you use to make up formula can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. If you have recently switched to a new formula brand, be sure to double-check the amount of water needed before preparation.
When making formula, never add extra formula powder to the mix. Adding too much formula powder can cause some distress for your infant, more specifically constipation and even dehydration. However, also be careful not to add too little formula to the water, since this may leave your child with certain deficiencies.
Another big factor to take into consideration is safety when heating up formula. Never warm up formula for your child in the microwave. Microwaves tend to heat things unevenly, so even though it may feel safe to use, the microwave can cause some of the milk inside the bottle to become too hot and actually burn the baby’s mouth.
Last but not least, never add any additional sugar to the formula, even if you experience problems feeding the baby. Adding more sugar can damage your child’s teeth, so never try to add additional ingredients on your own accord.
Goat’s milk formula could be a great choice for your infant. At Oli6, we offer three different kinds of goat’s milk formula, each designed for a specific stage in the life of your baby or toddler. Given the fact that goat’s milk formula could be gentler on the tummy of your child, we recommend exploring the benefits of goat’s milk formula and the Oli6 range.