How do I safely prepare and store formula?
Always follow the instructions for preparation, use and storage of formula written on the formula label. Your baby's health depends upon carefully following these instructions. Wash your hands prior to preparing formula. Do not use a microwave oven to warm formula. Remember, your baby is counting on your safe preparation for their growth and development.
Should I reheat a bottle after feeding a portion of its formula contents to my baby?
No. Once a baby has nursed from a bottle, bacteria from the baby's mouth are introduced into the bottle. If any unused portion of baby formula is refrigerated and reheated, the bacteria will have the opportunity to multiply. Refrigeration or reheating will not prevent the growth of the bacteria. Therefore, you should fill each bottle with only the amount of baby formula needed for one feeding. After feeding, you should discard any unused baby formula.
How should I warm baby formula?
We only recommend that customers warm baby formula using a warm water bath. Bottles should be warmed in a pot of water heated on the stove. Never warm formula in the microwave.
Can I heat my baby's formula in the microwave?
No. Microwaving causes "hot spots" and can lead to serious burns.
How long can a bottle of baby formula remain unrefrigerated?
Baby formula that is removed from refrigeration should be used within two hours or discarded. Baby formula remaining in a bottle one hour after the start of feeding should also be discarded.
Can unused baby formula be refrigerated?
No, once baby formula is warmed it cannot be put back in the refrigerator.
Can powdered baby formula be frozen or stored in the refrigerator?
No. Powdered baby formula can not be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Store opened cans in a cool dry spot with the plastic lid securely in place.
How long can powdered baby formula be used after it has been opened?
Powdered baby formula can be used for one month after it has been opened.
Should I freeze ready-to-feed baby formula?
No, you should not freeze ready-to-feed baby formula.
Should I use baby formula beyond its expiration date?
No, all baby formula containers have "use by" or "use before" dates to ensure that the consumer receives a wholesome, high-quality product. Baby formula should not be purchased or fed beyond the expiration date. Always check the date when purchasing infant formula.
How do I supplement breastfeeding with formula?
A health-care professional should be contacted anytime you are switching baby formulas or feeding methods because he or she is the expert who knows the special needs of your baby.
How long can I keep baby formula in the refrigerator?
Cans of commercially prepared baby formulas (ready-to-feed or concentrate) may be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours after opening. According to the International Formula Council, baby formula that is prepared from powder and placed in bottles for feeding should be refrigerated and used within 24 hours.