Is there anything wrong with giving my baby cold formula?

Kristian - posted on 06/09/2011 ( 24 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering if giving my baby cold formula is not good for him. Its summer time and has been so hot lately.

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Barbara - posted on 01/09/2013

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Young babies cannot regulate their temperature. Giving a baby cold formula will just stress their ability to maintain their temperature.
During digestion, enzymes help break down the formula to be used for nutrients and energy. The enzymes work best at an elevated temperature, so warming formula or giving it at room temperature actually helps the baby digest the formula. Some babies may end up with diarrhea or loose stools by giving the baby formula that is too cold.

I know some people will say that they gave their new infants ice cold formula, and their babies were fine, but we generally don't give infants cold formula.
Pediatric RN

Tara - posted on 06/17/2011

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I would premake bottles and put them in the fridge and when feeding time came around Id grab one and give it to him. He has been the healthiest baby we know and never had constipation or tummy aches. Im pretty sure it depends on the kid...everyone is different. I would say to try each temp and see which works better for your baby.

Sarah - posted on 06/13/2011

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My son who has just turned one would
Only drink cold formula! He woulnt drink warm milk, he's never had any problems

Ashley - posted on 06/24/2011

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during the winter time when it was really cold I warmed my sons formula up but since its warmed up out side I usually just give him either room temp. or cold and it hasn't bothered him.

Susan - posted on 06/22/2011

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Understand completely. Ask yourself if you were being served your meal, do you want it warm (which enhances the taste and makes it more filling and relaxing) or cold? Even warming it just a tad helps.

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Elizabeth - posted on 01/11/2013

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I wouldn't refrigerate it, or anything like that. But we always used room temperature bottled water to mix the formula with. My kids never liked it warm at any point.

Ashley - posted on 06/24/2011

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during the winter time when it was really cold I warmed my sons formula up but since its warmed up out side I usually just give him either room temp. or cold and it hasn't bothered him.

Tara - posted on 06/17/2011

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I would premake bottles and put them in the fridge and when feeding time came around Id grab one and give it to him. He has been the healthiest baby we know and never had constipation or tummy aches. Im pretty sure it depends on the kid...everyone is different. I would say to try each temp and see which works better for your baby.

Emmie - posted on 06/15/2011

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I wondered about cold formula too. I decided that since drinking cold milk fast gives me an "ice cream brain freeze headache" then it would probably do something similar to my lil dude. But if he likes it then go for it =)

Misty - posted on 06/15/2011

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there is nothing wrong with giving them cold formula!! my oldest son ALWAYS got it luke warm, and when it was time to switch to milk, it made it harder, my 2 step-sons never got it warm, and the formula my oldest daughter was on required no warming, because it would lose nutritional value!! my youngest is still breastfed so noone really gets the option, BUT none of the children that had cold formula had any problems and switched to cows milk alot easier!!!

Malisa - posted on 06/14/2011

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no there is nothing wrong with it my son has always taken it from out of the fridge as of 5 months old and his vomiting disappeared. if he likes it cold give it to him cold. Our Pediatrician said if they baby likes it cold thats fine it doesnt have to be warm

Stacie - posted on 06/12/2011

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I have tried warm, cold and room temp and the best I have found is warm. However, room temp isn't bad either. I have 3 boys and cold formula has consistently given all of them tummy aches.

Kristen - posted on 06/12/2011

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It is just fine to give them cold formula. Just not ice cold in a snowstorm! I have given my infant cold formula when I am on the go with out a way to heat the water. She sometimes doesn't care for it but other than that there has been no problems.

Shannon - posted on 06/12/2011

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i live in arizona and it gets hot!!! i have to have them cold lol with my first child i pre made a bottle early because my breast milk dried up within a week (that sucked) and i had to switch to formula well the 3rd night of giving her bottles i premade one and warmed it like usual and since its hot already here lol an hour after i made it it went all clumpy and looked very nasty and it was just room temp then... since then i put it in the fridge and never really had that problem (except with my husband lol)

Samantha - posted on 06/12/2011

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I have twins and I switched them onto formula when they were two months old and I have only ever given them it at room temp.. Could you imagine me being stuck somewhere and needing to warm up two bottles.. Ha! My kids have never had a problem with constipation or anything like that. I just prepare all 8 bottles in advance with cooled boiled water and when they want a bottle scoop in the formula.. I have had some negative comments about it from family and friends but it works for me and I spoke to my kids pediatrician early on when I first had ppl telling me I was doing the wrong thing and he said it was fine. The only reason ppl warm the bottles is to mimic the temp of breast milk but I noticed when my kids were in hospital (they were two mths premi & had to be drip feed at first) that the breast milk I had to express and simply they simply froze then defrosted and set it up on the drip at only room temp so that's where I got the idea and not only that I have seen plenty of mums panicking to try and quickly warm their babies bottle while the baby is screaming..

Leslie - posted on 06/11/2011

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I have never warmed formula both my boys were given cold formula, we live in a very hot climate. They do just fine.

Camille - posted on 06/10/2011

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All my son has ever had is cold formula because I premade bottles before bed n popped em in the fridge, he's fine :)

Briany - posted on 06/10/2011

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i need to give my dd cold formula incase we have another flood, or at room temp and if you go away camping where there's no refrigeration or esky its a good idea. And eventually they will be drinking normal cow's milk and thats normally cold, so get them used to it as soon as you can. Hope this helps good luck

Tracey - posted on 06/10/2011

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That's all I have ever given my child. He's 2 and still eats cold formula (with fruit mixed in) every night. He has never, ever had digestive problems.

Laurie - posted on 06/10/2011

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I breastfed for a little while. Whenever we used formula it was room temperature, including the supplement we used while still in the hospital. I left a jug of purified water on the counter and used the powdered formula and made bottles needed. On the go...same thing...bottled water in the diaper bag and a pre measured formula dispenser.

Bridget - posted on 06/10/2011

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I gave my daughter cold formula, but she was 10 months when I stopped breastfeeding. She would drink it with water straight from the Brita pitcher. She didnt have problems, but it might be better to try room temp first, as other people have suggested.

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Last year I done this with my daughter, I boiled the water as usual but let it cool down (takes a while!) Then poured it into a big water bottle I had. She drunk it with no problems, I left it on our kitchen side though (but obviously completely out of sunlight!)

Jennie - posted on 06/09/2011

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Amy is very right. A babys digestive system has difficulty on cold formula. Can cause alot of belly aches and discomfort so I would not do it. I agree with room tempterature....and remember. Babies are not drinking the formula because they are hot, they are drinking it because it is their lifeline for food right now.

Amy - posted on 06/09/2011

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Just going from my sister, she tried this for a while, but the coldness of it made it more difficult to digest and baby ended up constipated. ?? Maybe room temperature instead of really cold would be better.

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