Expired Infant Formula?

Deveri - posted on 04/14/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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A lady at work recently gave me several cans and samples of formula. Since we have to supplement a little formula while baby is away from me I was happy to except the generous gift. When she was giving them to me she said that her Dr. told her that the samples that expired in November of 2008 should be good for longer than that because “they just have to put a year use-by-date on them because they are samples”…. Some of the cans she gave me expire in June and August of 2009 and may not get used by then. The USDA says that they put that date on the cans because the nutritional value starts breaking down after that date. I have heard that certain things like vitamins, medications and formula have such short use-by periods because they just want you to go out and buy more… and that the nutritional value really doesn’t break down that fast. I am really weary about all the samples that are 5 months old now, but I wonder about the other cans… do you think it would be ok to go a month or two past the Use-By date??

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Trina - posted on 04/14/2009

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i would also not use the expired formula. I seldom use things that have gone past their dates, and if I do, its only by a week or so, and it would be me that uses it, i wouldn't want to trust giving something that may have gone bad to my kids. 

Maria - posted on 04/14/2009

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I am paranoid but I wouldn't. You want to make sure your child gets the best nutrition available... I would just use the cans that haven't expired yet....but like I said I am paranoid over expiration dates....

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Laura - posted on 04/01/2014

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I HAVE 12 8 OZ BOTTLES OF THE ENFAMIL PROSOBEE THAT EXPIRE TODAY 4/1/2014 DO YOU THINK IT S SAFE TO GIVE MY 2 MONTH OLD GRANDSON? FEED BACK PLEASE

Maria - posted on 04/16/2009

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Not to "cheat" the system, but would your parents and/or friends sign up with nestle and enfimil to get samples for you???

Deveri - posted on 04/16/2009

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thanks ~ yea, I threw the old stuff out and gave the couple cans of the "next step" that expire in July to my neighbor who's baby will be able to use it (Lila wont be 9 months by July...) ~ So, we got a couple cans out of it :) I am already signed up to recieve things from Nestle and Enfimil ~ I get coupons every once in a while and we got one free can when she was born... but thats about it ~ oh well - thanks everyone for your advice :)

Tandi - posted on 04/15/2009

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my friend said you can just go to formula websites and they will send you free samples, that's how she got hers, i would recommend that instead. it's too bad i dont live near you - i have about 3 cans that are good for a long while yet that we wont be needing (i have enough expressed milk after all)

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