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Bottle feeding your child with goat’s milk formula for the first time may require some research, because there are many things to take into consideration. To find out how you feed your child goat’s milk formula, and to avoid problems during this process, please read our guide to bottle feeding with goat’s milk formula below.

What You’ll Need

Before you can start giving your child goat’s milk formula, you will need the right bottle feeding equipment. The bottle-feeding equipment for your goat’s milk formula also needs to be clean, otherwise your child will be susceptible to infections and stomach aches. Therefore, to ensure a safe and smooth goat’s milk formula feeding, parents will need bottles, teats, bottle covers, bottle brush, Oli6 goat formula and sterilising equipment.

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Sterilising Equipment Options

Once you enter the stores looking for bottle sterilisers, you will come across many options. The most common sterilising options to sterilise bottles before a goat formula feed include cold water solutions, steam sterilising and boiling, which we will give you the key facts of below.

When you buy your sterilising equipment for goat formula feeds, make sure that the sterilising option includes a full manual on its use. Each piece of sterilisation equipment works slightly different, so parents must count on a clear manual to ensure the bottles and teats are fully sterile before feeding their child goat formula.

The Key Facts on Cold Water Sterilising

Even though we cannot explain every method in detail, since instructions can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, we can give you a short overview of key facts belonging to each sterilising method. When you use cold water sterilising for example, you will need to leave the bottle-feeding equipment in the solution for at least a half hour. You will also need to ensure all bottle-feeding equipment is fully submerged and cover it with a floating cover.

Cold water sterilising solutions need to be replaced every 24 hours; this means that this sterilising method is often not the most economical one. However, cold water sterilising is often more convenient for parents and saves quite some preparation time.

The Key Facts on Steam Sterilising

If you use a steam or electric steriliser, make sure that all bottles and teats are facing down. Each of these electric sterilising solutions has a certain time before the equipment must be used, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions before you sterilise bottle-feeding equipment.

The Key Facts on Boiling

Boiling is still one of the oldest sterilising methods. Parents also need a minimum amount of equipment, because all there is really needed is water and a single pot that can hold bottles and teats. However, boiling is only economical short-term, because teats and bottles tend to get damaged a lot quicker by using this method.

Rinsing and Cleaning

Before you start sterilising bottle-feeding equipment for a new goat formula feed, you must rinse and clean and bottles and teats, so that there is no formula residue remaining. Also, it is a common mistake that putting bottles and teats in the dishwasher will also sterilise them; this is not true, because dishwashers do not have a temperature that is high enough to sterilise bottles and teats.

So, before you use your chosen sterilising method on the bottle-feeding equipment, make sure to rinse them out and clean them thoroughly in some warm, soapy water. Before doing this, please make sure your hands are washed and clean.

Hygienic Preparation of Formula

Hygiene during formula preparation does not stop with the sterilising of bottle-feeding equipment, because it also expands to the tins and packets of formula powder you acquire from the manufacturer. The packets and tines acquired from the manufacturer will be sealed, which means that no bacteria can enter the formula when it is sealed. However, once you open a tin or packet, bacteria can enter the formula again.

Because bacteria can enter formula powder once the tin or packet is no longer sealed, it is best to make each formula feed as your child needs it. Your child’s immune system is not as strong or as developed as that of an adult, which makes them more susceptible to illness and infection. Therefore, never leave a tin or packet open for a long time before you use it. Instead, only break the seal when you intend to make a feed for your child.

Avoid Bottled Water

Many first-time parents are not aware that bottled water should be avoided when making formula. Firstly, bottled water is not considered sterile, and may therefore contain harmful bacteria that could endanger the health of your child. Bottled water may also contain too much salt or sulphate, which could also harm your child’s health.

Parents can use natural water to make a formula food, but must check the label for sodium content first; this is usually displayed on the label with the symbol Na. Sodium (salt) content may not exceed 200 milligrams per litre, while sulphate (SO4) cannot be higher than 250 milligrams per litre.

Tap water is a good alternative for bottle feeds, but since it is not sterile either, the water will need to be boiled before you make up a feed. Also, it is advised to check the water supply in your area before you use tap water for formula feeds.

Storing Formula

Considering the increased risk of bacteria entering the formula, it is not recommended to store formula after you have made it. Instead, it is best to give your child the formula as soon as possible. If the formula does need to be stored for one reason or the other, do not keep the formula stored for longer than 2 hours.

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Conclusion

The most important factor when formula feeding your child is hygiene, since it is easy for bacteria to affect the health of your child when they are younger. Also, if your toddler shows signs of digestive distress despite good hygiene, please contact your child’s paediatrician for an appointment. Some children can experience problems with digestion and absorption of certain minerals. Therefore, it is always best to be safe and have your child checked medically if anything out of the ordinary occurs.