You’re probably sick of hearing how breast milk is way better than formula. The truth is, breastfeeding is not for everybody…
Not only does it put too much pressure on the mom to deal with ALL of the baby’s feeds, but many moms just aren’t comfortable breastfeeding in public.
And they often end up stuck at home, usually with the curtains closed for hours on end instead of getting out and enjoying life. Not to mention just how uncomfortable (or even painful) breastfeeding can be physically.
Besides, the baby is going to have to be weaned off breast milk at some point anyway.
But the nutritional quality of a baby’s feed couldn’t be more important. They are at a crucial stage of their development and the wrong choice of milk could cause all sorts of problems.
This is why it pays to read articles like this one, that spell out the ins and outs of getting formula feeds down pat, so that you know exactly what you need to do and preparing formula becomes something that’s automatic for you.
In this article, we’re going to cover everything you need to know. We’re going to kick things off with how to choose a formula for your baby.
Before going into whether you need to boil water for formula, and explaining what temperature the formula should be when you give it to the baby. We’ll also try to answer some of your most frequently asked questions on the subject along the way.
Please feel free to scroll ahead to any section that jumps out at you. Here goes…
How To Choose A Formula For Your Baby Or Infant
The most important factor in choosing a formula for your baby or infant is whether it’s designed for your child’s specific stage of development.
For example, formula designed for newborn babies is nutritionally different to formula intended for infants, and vice versa.
Once you have settled on a particular brand of formula for your baby, it’s recommended that you stick with that brand.
The baby will get used to a particular brand of formula, and if it were to be swapped for something with a different nutritional make-up, the baby might struggle to adequately adapt to the changes.
When you are trying a particular formula on a baby, you would be well advised to look for signs that the formula doesn’t agree with the baby.
Signs that a formula doesn’t agree with the baby include a change in bowel movements, such as diarrhea, or an increase in gassiness, which may be accompanied by abdominal bloating.
Do You Need To Boil Water For Formula?
The answer to this is yes. You must always boil water before using it to make formula. This is specified in the instructions of every baby formula on the market.
This is because there’s always a danger of the water containing organic pathogens such as bacteria, which can be easily eradicated simply by boiling the water before using it.
Even though your water supplier is required to ensure that the water from your faucet is fit to drink, it can still have a lot of impurities, and you should free your water of impurities before even thinking about feeding it to your baby in their formula.
What’s more, boiling the water will also kill off any bacteria that might be present in the formula itself.
What Temperature The Formula Should Be When You Give It To The Baby?
You cannot feed your baby with formula which is still at boiling temperatures. It can burn them.
You will find that the recommended temperature for baby formula is body temperature, which is around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
The most frequently used method to test the temperature of the formula before you give it to the baby is by squeezing a few drops of it on your wrist.
This will immediately tell you if it’s still too hot. Ideally, the formula will be so close in temperature to your wrist that you do not even feel it.
If the baby doesn’t have the patience to wait for the formula to cool naturally, all you have to do is run the bottle under some cold water.
Tips on Feeding Your Baby With Formula
Here are some handy tips and tricks you can take advantage of when feeding your baby formula…
Stick With One Brand
Once you have chosen which brand of formula you want to use, we strongly recommend that you stick with that particular brand.
You won’t usually be able to stick with the exact formula for the entire duration that your baby is on formula, because the best brands of formula will produce slightly different formulas for the various stages of the baby’s development.
The making up of the formula will be the same for the various stages of formula right up until the baby can drink regular milk.
Follow The Instructions On The Box
There is no article anywhere on the net that can adequately replace the instructions on the box of baby formula.
We strongly recommend that you read these instructions and that you follow them to the letter, regardless of anything else that you may have been told elsewhere.
Carry A Thermos Around With You
When you’re out and about, you may not have the facilities to boil water. But you can boil some water before you leave your house or your apartment and pour it into a Thermos.
The Thermos will insulate the water and keep it warm. And whenever you need to make up some formula on your travels, you can just pour it straight from the Thermos.
So, let’s recap on the important points that we’ve covered.
- Take care to choose a reputable formula for your baby.
- You should always boil your water when making up the formula. And finally,
- You should give the formula a chance to cool before feeding it to your baby, to avoid burning them.