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What happens if you feed baby leftover formula?

Each manufacturer determines the storage conditions and the infant formula’s shelf life. And here, everything is not so simple. Failure to comply with preparation instructions and standards can lead to various consequences: from upset stomach to severe poisoning in babies. So you need to study this issue well and strictly follow the instructions stated by the company producing the baby food.

Why is It not recommended to give formula after one hour?

If there is any leftover formula in the bottle after feeding your baby, you should never store it. Pour it out safely. Of course, the baby, after an hour, may need to eat again, then you have to prepare a new formula, do not feed your baby with leftovers. 

First, such a formula goes bad very quickly. Even an hour later, harmful bacteria are on it, multiplying very quickly. And such bacteria are dangerous to the baby’s body. They can cause colic and even food poisoning. Agree, very undesirable.

Secondly, if you put the formula in the refrigerator to try to store it (some formula can indeed be kept in the fridge for a few hours, for instance, HIPP baby formula), but this is only if the bottle is tightly closed with a sterilized lid. If the baby has even drunk a little from the bottle, you should not store it because the risk of pathogens increases. Then in no case do not warm it up in the microwave. This is dangerous because the formula will heat up unevenly, which will also cause your baby to have an upset stomach.

If an emergency occurs and you need to take the formula with you, and there is no chance to prepare it on the go, still you can find a way out of this situation. Put a premeasured amount of formula in a separate clean bottle and take with you a thermos of warm water. At just the right moment, simply mix the powdered formula with warm water, and you’re ready with fresh formula!

Do not risk your baby’s health and your nerves. Better to spend a little more effort and time feeding your baby new formula. Therefore, there is no need to additionally provoke the baby’s body by improper storage or dilution of the formula milk. It is easier to prevent trouble than to deal with the consequences.

How to check if the formula in the bottle has gone bad?

In cases when it is not possible to determine the term of storage, assess the appearance and taste of the food. The formula may be lumpy, covered with a film, and have a sour smell. Usually, the formula is sweet, some with bitterness (mostly hypoallergenic formula), and the parents typically know the baby food taste. And if the formula has changed or gone bad, won’t give it to the baby. Nutrition specialists repeatedly emphasize that infant formula should not be stored in the feeding bottle.

Proper storage of the milk formula largely determines its quality and, as a result, ensures the safety of your baby’s nutrition. Organic’s Best recommends strictly following the manufacturer’s guidance for preparing and storing infant formula. 

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