is it ok to re-heat formula milk?

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Vixi - posted on 05/12/2010

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If you go into Asda/Tesco's and buy a carton of ready made formula, how long do you think it has been on the shelf before you bought it?! And do you reheat it before you give it to your child?

Midwives etc try and drum it into parents that a baby should always have fresh bottles made up when required and not made in advance, yet these ready to feed cartons are easily available and you dont even know when they were put together even before being packaged and sold!

My point is, I dont think there's any harm in it, otherwise these ready to feed cartons wouldn't be available! I wouldnt reheat my daughters (16 months) bottle more than once unless it is done by standing in hot water and then I only allow it to warm slightly so she can drink it straight away

There are so many do's and don'ts about this type of thing but you should do what you feel is best for your baby and ignore the critics x
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Nikki - posted on 05/11/2010

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I really don`t think you can reheat bottles. But to be honest my son drinks room temperature always has, he hates warm milk and its sooo much easier so I really can`t complain, you should try and see how your baby feels to room temperature milk

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Stella - posted on 05/13/2010

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I do only once. It really depends on how long the milk sits before you re heat it. If its more than 4 hours then I wouldnt...

Allison - posted on 05/13/2010

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i wouldnt that stuff is just very time sensitive.it doesnt take no time for that stuff to go bad.it would hurt the little ones tummy

Jeanette - posted on 05/13/2010

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they don't want you to give a baby a bottle after they have drank out of it because it get bacteria in the formula that can make your baby to get sick that's why it says on the formula container to only give the baby a bottle after they have drank out of within a hour. I do know some of my friends have reheated the bottles and there kids are fine but I don't want to take any chances so I don't

Summer - posted on 05/13/2010

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It all depends on the formula! My 5 month olds formula is rice starch baised so once he has one feeding from it; it's done. I wouldn't reheat the formula for the simple fact you can give your baby tummy problems.

Melissa - posted on 05/12/2010

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Some people and doctors say not too because of bacteria build up, but I reheat it once only if it was not used and I put it right in the fridge, plus my 7 month old eats it within the hour or two anyway. It also depends on the formula

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Formula shouldn't be given if it's been out for more than 2 hours, and n bottle should be give after one hour once the child has drank out of it and given up. the longer it sits the higher chance of bactria, and reheating the bottle will increase the rate of bactial growth. No I would Never ReHeat a bottle. Even breast milk, you put in the fridge or frezzer once, and you have 24 hour to use it once thawed, Heat feed dump

Myra - posted on 05/12/2010

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I wouldn't. It is perfectly fine as long as you do this or that, or it has been here or there, or whatever in certain timeframes. For me, it's too confusing, so I just always make fresh so I know it's fine to use. And, when in doubt, ask yourself this: if it was for me, would I want it? I'm not a picky eater or picky person, but I can't stand things that are reheated...they just don't taste right to me. Your baby may feel the same way even if the formula is perfectly fine.

Summer - posted on 05/12/2010

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Thanks to everyone :)



He takes to room temperature well but he does prefer it a little heated, i wasnt sure if it was okay to be reheated because my mum says no, but my mother in law says yes.. so its good to get different perspectives.. personally i dont really see the harm, and its only reheated once because hes a guts a drinks most the first time, but im with Sherry, it is extremly expensive and the less i waste the better..



Thanks again to everyone for your opinions, helped alot :)

Sherry - posted on 05/12/2010

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the best way I think to answer this question would be to ask how long you would leave something out before YOU eat it? Everyone's different.. Personally I see no harm in re-heating a bottle of formula up for my babe.. That stuff is EXPENSIVE why waste it?



If it's been left out on the counter or at room temprature for more then 2 hours though I wouldn't chance it.. However, if you've just heated it from the fridge and your baby's not done the bottle by all means throw it back in the fridge and when the little tyke is hungry again finish it off... No harm in that.



a doc or health nurse might tell you differently though .. health professionals always hyperspaz about bacteria... how else do our babe's creat antibodies i wonder... Breast milk can be left out at room temprature for up to 4 hours or so .. with that in mind I can't see the harm in formula being re-heated even when the manufacturer's lable says if it's not used inside an hour to throw it out (make's no sense to me)

Brean - posted on 05/11/2010

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no. it is not. only make enough for a feeding. if you make a little extra, throw it out. no harm in risking it.

Kathy - posted on 05/11/2010

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No, sorry I would'nt either... the protein in the formula is activated by heat and is light sensitive and after so time will not contain the godness that it should.

Rebecca - posted on 05/11/2010

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She's not asking how to heat it she's asking if it can be reheated whether she use running water or a microwave is besides the point.

Valerie - posted on 05/11/2010

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No, the milk can heat unevenly and can burn your baby. That's what the formula should say.

Rebecca - posted on 05/11/2010

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My children's Dr's say a bottle can be heated twice. So once upon initial feed then stick it in the fridge and it can be reheated one more time. If you heat it too many times the nutrients are lost by all the warming. I have done it with both my kids:)

Kate - posted on 05/11/2010

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Does the container or product website say? All of the posts make sense and they are diff. answers. I was trying to peek and see what the answer was for myself. Sorry I can't be of more help.

Veronique - posted on 05/11/2010

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If it's within the 2 hour period if it hasn't been in the fridge then it's ok. If it's been in the fridge you have 48 hours to use it. I've done it and my girls are healthy.

Melissa - posted on 05/11/2010

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I wouldn't, especially if your baby had already drunk out of the bottle already. I am pretty sure that once the baby drinks out of the bottle you only have about an hour to use that bottle before it should be thown out.

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