Formula Question

Kristen - posted on 04/12/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 6.5 month old is mostly breastfeed, but she does take some formula at night to help her sleep longer. I know that breast milk can only be at room temp for 5 hours before it goes bad, what about formula? If I make a bottle, how long before it goes bad???

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Kaylee - posted on 04/13/2010

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if she has started eating it aleady i have read that its supposed to be finished within the hour or refrigerated immediately

Angela - posted on 04/12/2010

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If you haven't fed her any of it yet, you can put it in the fridge and heat it up the same as breastmilk. At room temp I'm not sure. If the baby has drank out of it you need to throw it out after an hour, because of bacteria in the baby's mouth.

Karen - posted on 04/12/2010

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the hospital told me that if i heat a bottle and baby doesn't drink from it once heated it's good left out for an hour...if heated and baby drank some from it, the rest is good for half an hour before there's too much bacteria.

Tiffany - posted on 04/12/2010

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The time limit with the breast milk acording to the hospitals and all breast milk storage bags i have ever gotten says breast milk can stay at room temp for 10 hours because it isnt much of a diff in temp than ur body. I always thought it was 5 or 6 hours too with both my kids till i asked the drs and read the box of the bags. Formula should be used withing 24 hours and chilled with in 2 hours but wheat i do is i fill bottles with water and leave them at room temp and carry them with me or carry bottles of water to bed with us and the can of formula that way when the baby wakes up i can fix a bottle right there that way i wont have to stumble thru the kitchen half a sleep and warm it up. It is ready then and there. Its much eaiser that way and u never have to really wake compleatly up. Just enough to put the powder in the water, shake and feed.

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Needs to be refrigerated within two hours, and used within 24hours, it should say somewhere on the can of formula that you use.

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