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OCTOBER 25, 2017

how do I make up a bottle feed?

Here are step-by-step instructions for making up a bottle of formula feed for your baby. Remember, always read and follow your manufacturer’s instructions:

  1. Guidelines recommend that you prepare a fresh bottle of formula when your baby needs it
  2. Clean and disinfect the surface you are using
  3. Wash your hands
  4. Fill a kettle with 1 litre or more of fresh tap water
  5. Boil the water and leave it to cool for no more than 30 minutes – until it reaches a temp of at least 70°C
  6. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions – pour the correct amount of water into the bottle first while the water is still hot but not boiling, then add the measured amount of powdered formula
  7. Assemble your bottle and gently shake or swirl until the powder dissolves
  8. Cool the formula to body temperature by placing the bottle under running water
  9. Test the temperature on the inside of your wrist – it should feel cool to touch
  10. Never reuse leftover formula – throw it away!

yoomi’s top tips to ensure your little one remains healthy and safe and enjoys a nourishing feed:

  • your baby’s immune system is fragile, so practice good hygiene
  • remember that freshly boiled tap water is the best option. Artificially softened water, previously boiled water and bottled water are not recommended
  • ensure that you use the correct amount of formula. Adding more than the recommended amount may lead to constipation or dehydration
  • if preparing feeds for later use, prepare in individual bottles, cool straightaway and store in the back of the fridge
  • when reheating refrigerated bottles, place in a container of hot water and occasionally shake so the feed evenly warms. Never warm feed in the microwave as hot spots can develop
  • remember, yoomi warms baby’s feed to the perfect temperature of breast milk... every time

References World Health Organisation guidelines