There are some important points to consider for the hygienic and safe preparation of infant formula.
Always follow the preparation instructions on the packaging of each product. Inadequate preparation could harm your baby's health. Do not reuse the remaining product from the bottle after feeding, discard it. Clean the bottle and accessories extensively at the end of use. Once opened, the product should be closed tightly and stored in a cool, dry place. It should be consumed within 3 weeks. The formula should not be heated in the microwave. You must sterilize the bottle and the utensils used in the preparation (10 minutes approximately).
It should be prepared with water boiled for five minutes and cooled to a warm temperature. If this is not available, purified water at room temperature may be used. Do not use running water from lead pipes or private wells. If you are unsure of the quality of the water, you can contact the appropriate authorities to check or use purified bottled water that is suitable for infant formula preparation.
The right water temperature is also important. To ensure that the tap water is not contaminated, it should be boiled and then cooled to approx. 40°C. Cooling is important to avoid scalding and also to prevent loss of nutrients. A feeding temperature of approx. 37°C is ideal for babies. This can be tested on the back of the hand or with a thermometer. In order not to damage the natural lactic acid cultures (lactobacilli), the formula should not be prepared with water that is too hot.
Pathogens can multiply much faster between the time of preparing and feeding a bottle. Therefore, the formula should always be freshly prepared, quickly fed and the remains eliminated.