Warming babies milk

Sharon - posted on 05/17/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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What is the correct answer as to why we heat up a new born baby's bottle of formula and at what age can you start to give them room temperature fluids.

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Brooke - posted on 05/19/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

i have also heard that you are supposed to boil the water as soon as you need a water then wiat for it to cool. how silly is that you would be waiting forever. i boil the kettle in the morning then use it all day. at least you can use tap water after 6 months!



I have never heard of this.. I personally re-boil every 12 or so hours. Each to there own, but it takes a while for the water to cool down and if you have a hungry bub then it can be hard.

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Quoting Kelly:

I attended a Hospital run Feeding Clinic who advised me that you never give your baby water that has been boiled more that 2hrs ago -






I've seriously never heard that. I was always told 24 hrs, haven't had any probs with it, now onto bub # 2. Isn't it funny how different information can get around?






It IS funny how different information gets around.  I've heard other moms say they were told to use nursery water or spring water and I was told NOT to do either of those.  LOL  I think it all depends on what's in the tap water wherever you live.  I had my landlord test our water and took the results to the nutritionist and she said it was fine to use straight from the tap.  After that, there was no more warming bottles at all...I just put the water on a safe temperature that I would test on my wrist and that's how I made my bottles.  I've never heard about not using boiled water that's older than 2 hours.  If I were to use boiled water though, I'd probably make it and keep it in gallon jugs in my fridge....I like to be prepared lol

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Breastmilk is body temperature and I believe that is why we warm formula. Something about it being warm makes it easier to digest. With my son, I would pre-make his bottles for the day and keep them in the fridge. Then, when it was time for a feed, I'd set the bottle in a bowl of hot water. By the time the diaper was changed and he was dressed again, the bottle was the perfect temp. I think he was about 5 or 6 months old before I started using room temperature tap water. He preferred his formula cooler and he spit up less.

Maxine - posted on 05/19/2009

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Just passing on a little information. I was told not to use a microwave to heat any milk in because it destroys some of the nutrients in the milk, especially the vitamin C. Also the antibodies in breastmilk are largely reduced by microwaving.

Glendeen - posted on 05/19/2009

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Quoting Sarah:



Quoting Kelly:

I attended a Hospital run Feeding Clinic who advised me that you never give your baby water that has been boiled more that 2hrs ago -






I've seriously never heard that. I was always told 24 hrs, haven't had any probs with it, now onto bub # 2. Isn't it funny how different information can get around?






I also read that water from a kettle was good at room temp for 24 hours. It was in a little booklet I recieved from the hospital after I had given birth.

Ashley - posted on 05/19/2009

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i was told the reason why is because cold formula can give the baby tummy cramps. it's too cold for them to handle. i always ran hot water over the bottle until it was warm enough. my son is a yr old and i still warm his bottle but in the microwave now. i guess it's just habit and he usually wont drink his milk any other way.

Vanessa - posted on 05/19/2009

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when i was able to hot running water and shaking the bottle under it
its a little faster than sitting a bottle in a cup of water

Sarah - posted on 05/17/2009

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I went out once with the intent to take warmed water in a flask as I don't really like giving the bottle to other people to heat I like to know what's going on....took the bottles, forgot the damn flask! So I had to buy a bottle of spring water, that I figured would be cleaner than tap & get them to heat it anyway!

The other week, my son got into our fridge & knocked everything out, so no boiled water for the baby who wanted her bottle NOW!!! Thankfully, we had an unopened bottle of spring water in the pantry from when they gave me like, a million of them in hospital, it's not ideal, but one off 9or 2 LOL) moments happen & you've just got to make do!

Kalie - posted on 05/17/2009

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Everyone said not to use the microwave but I was did. He never got burnt. It`s common sense. 10 sec for a small bottle. (4oz) I also use to leave a little room at the top so I could really really shake it. My son also took room temp formula from a young age. I heard they just like the warm milk because breast milk is warm. My mother would heat my sons bottles with a cup of water that was bottled to just the right temp and sat in it for about 15 mins. This was not practical for me in the middle of the night to sit and wait with a screaming hungry baby. ( «He quit the breast early) Hope this helps!

Mel - posted on 05/17/2009

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i have also heard that you are supposed to boil the water as soon as you need a water then wiat for it to cool. how silly is that you would be waiting forever. i boil the kettle in the morning then use it all day. at least you can use tap water after 6 months!

Sarah - posted on 05/17/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

I attended a Hospital run Feeding Clinic who advised me that you never give your baby water that has been boiled more that 2hrs ago -



I've seriously never heard that. I was always told 24 hrs, haven't had any probs with it, now onto bub # 2. Isn't it funny how different information can get around?

Kelly - posted on 05/17/2009

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I attended a Hospital run Feeding Clinic who advised me that you never give your baby water that has been boiled more that 2hrs ago - Kettle is fine & the reason they said for heating was that the baby will take it easier as breast milk is not room temp. The Feeding Clinic also said to boil the water till they are 12 months. Also a quick way they recommended to warm up the bottle was to boil fresh water in kettle (always empty the kettle each time) & mix with refridgerated water.

Katherine - posted on 05/17/2009

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Maybe wait to give them room temperature until baby can bring their burps up themselves.

Sarah - posted on 05/17/2009

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I was giving my daughter room temp water until i had to start adding a thickener to it as she kept throwing up, so then I had to start heating it, otherwise it wouldn't flow. I've aleays used a microwave, even tho they tell you know to due to hot spots, the simple remedy for that is to shake it, I've never had any burns from it, I always still test it on my wrist.

Tamara - posted on 05/17/2009

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I believe you do it in a pan of simmering water. I'm not quite sure though since I never had to.

Mel - posted on 05/17/2009

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i think it makes it so they hold it down better and because cold milk is nto ncie on their tummies at such a young age. i do room temp now except if the formula is in the fridge i heat it in the microwave i think from about 6 months room temp is ok

Shawna - posted on 05/17/2009

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I would warm the bottle in a cup of hot water. I have always been scared to heat the milk in a microwave. My baby is 6 months and we started room temp. formula around 5 months. Before then she always had breastmilk. Our ped. with our first daughter told us room temp. formula was fine even early on.

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