formula fed, just got home from hospital...quick question

Angel - posted on 10/03/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my son is two days old =]

anyways he is formula fed and we brought home a few extra bottles from the hospital
it is Enfamil the ready to use liquid kind

it says right on the bottle "throw away within an hour of opening" BUT my son only eats half a bottle and at the hospital we did just throw them away but now that were home it just seems really wasteful..do you think it is ok to put it in the fridge and finish off the bottle 2-3 hours later at his next feeding

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Penny - posted on 10/05/2009

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you r probibly better doing what it tells you to as they can have bactiria and formulas r not suppose to be reheated but a big congrats and well done on your new arrival

Sara - posted on 10/05/2009

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Quoting Brenda:

I agree. You can keep the formula in the fridge for 24 hours, BUT...you can't let your baby drink from the bottle and then put it back. Pour the amount you want him to have into a different bottle and save the rest of the formula for a later feeding. Once his mouth touches the nipple, that whole bottle is contaminated with bacteria and should be tossed out.



I second Brenda's opinion...you can store anything that is opened but your baby has not fed off of in the fridge, anything else should be thrown away.

Brenda - posted on 10/05/2009

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I agree. You can keep the formula in the fridge for 24 hours, BUT...you can't let your baby drink from the bottle and then put it back. Pour the amount you want him to have into a different bottle and save the rest of the formula for a later feeding. Once his mouth touches the nipple, that whole bottle is contaminated with bacteria and should be tossed out.

Ashley - posted on 10/04/2009

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No it will not be fine. Your baby's saliva will bring lots of bacteria into the formula. Even if you change the bottle, it is not just the bacteria on the nipple, it will enter into the rest of the formula.

I understand it is wasteful, but I recommend pouring half of the formula into a bottle. If he finishes it and wants more, then put a little more in.

There is a reason it says on the label and doctors tell you not to.

Better to be safe than sorry, just because some children haven't gotten sick from the bacteria, doesn't mean your son won't.

Iysha - posted on 10/04/2009

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Yes. Pour the amount of formula your son drinks into a bottle and store the rest in other bottles and place in the refrigerator for use within 24 hours. I make my daughters bottles for the day all at once if I know I'm going to just be home, that wasy all I have to do is heat up some water in the microwave and warm up a bottle when she's ready to eat. It makes it easy for the rest of the family too since it is already all measured out for them.

Mel - posted on 10/04/2009

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no its just fine, the special formula my daughter was on said no longer then an hour after it had been used either but they would keep feeding her for hours since she as fussy. it will do no harm. now she is on pediasure and they tell us it can be left out for 6-8 hours

Natasha - posted on 10/04/2009

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Congratulations on your son!! :) I agree with Melissa that the formula should stay fine for 24 hours if it is kept in the fridge. I formula fed my baby too and i wasn't going to throw it away after he had only had half a bottle its such a waste!! And my son didn't have any problems so i'm sure that its fine.

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The hour time limit is for formula that is sitting out. If you put it in the fridge right after it will be good for 24 hours. You could just pour the amount that you know he takes in a feeding into a bottle and then keep the unused portion in the fridge.

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If it's past an hour, throw away. After an hour the formula is bad. If you give a baby bad formula it can upset their stomach. You don't want a baby with upset stomach. I know how you feel about wasting formula but just think, your baby's health is more important than money and wasted formula.

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