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Sally - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 52 moms have responded )

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i often make a bottle for my son (formula) and he does not always drink the whole thing can i put it bac in the fridge and give bit to him later one???

how long does forula keep for once u have mixed it

and can u reheat forluma more then once????

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Ashley - posted on 09/22/2009

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Both of you please stop. If you feel the need to continue to bicker, then please do so somewhere else. This is about a mother asking a good question about formula.

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Oh no you wouldn't! I loved London-I spent a month living at King's College last summer, and trust me-there's loads more to do there than here. The water seems like just a small sacrifice in comparison. =)

Jessica - posted on 09/29/2009

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apparently i have to use the water i boil within half an hour so thats what i meant by time consuming lol, maybe its different here to us i would love to live where u r!!!!!x

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Ahh. I'm from the U.S. and live in Mississippi. Our city water where I live is good enough not to need to boil it, so we just use the filter. I'm really glad we're able to-I would hate to have to boil water for his feeds.



Have you tried boiling a big pot at once and just making the feeds from that pot during the day? I'm not sure if that would work or not-it just occurred to me.

Jessica - posted on 09/28/2009

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I understand that,where r u from???



im from the uk and live in london, and here you have to boil the water

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That's quite alright. It was really just the wording.



My husband and I are both food safety nuts. I've had food poisoning twice since my section, and my husband is an assistant store manager at McDonald's, so he's really nuts about what we put into our bodies.



We don't live in an area where we're required to boil our water. We were using bottled water for some time to avoid any contaminants that might be in the water, but we decided to give that up and use a filter. It's much easier and cheaper than either boiling water or using bottled water.

Jessica - posted on 09/26/2009

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I am sorry if you thougt that i was undermining you as a mother, that is not the case and i apologise because i know how that feels. All i am saying is that all mothers including me and you do things slightly differently. As far as i was concerned i thought you had to boil water before making up feeds, i dont know anyone who filters water, the way you do, and its quite insightful to hear of someone who does as i had never thought of that.



I know im not the perfect mother and ive got a lot to learn and i have experienced that. I know you should listen to doctors recommendations but for the third time this week i have took my son to the doctors because he wont stop coughin and sniffling and three times they have insisted his fine and make me feel really bad for being overproctective of him,



I wouldnt have took him to the doctors if i didnt think he was congested.



I took him yesterday and his still doing it so thats why i choose to not always to listen to these people,, im with my son all day every day so i feel i know him far much better then any doctor.

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Quoting jessica:

not everyone agrees with it. Because you have a degree in something does that make you more qualified then a mothers natural instint. no. women were made to pro-create and a mothers bond, nothing can compare to it. To be honest i make my feeds up and will throw them out if its been longer then 24 hours i also dont feed my child it if its been longer then a hr. my child will feed in half hour after the feeds been warmed up anyway,. what i am actually talkin about is if i have heated my sons bottle up and i go in to feed him and his fallen asleep (ive lost count how many times thats happened.) or if he doesnt want it. thats when i see no prob in puttin it bk in the fridge cos its only been a min. i always smell it before i do that anyway, i dont see how u can be confused about why mothers need to make formula ahead of time, making feeds up is time consuming, you got to sterilise the bottles and leave the kettle to cool down for half hour, its not good when u got a screamin baby who wants his feed rite now. majority of mothers store feeds in the fridge..



You speak as thought I'm not a mom...



I'm confused because I just use water from a filter and shake the bottle and that's pretty damn simple-and actually far less time consuming than warming up formula from the fridge. If you sterilize bottles then do that in the morning and just make up the formula from filtered water (unless you live in a place where it *has* to be boiled.) Not time consuming at all.



Again-being a mom doesn't make you know everything automatically, as I'm sure you've experienced. When doctors recommend things, listen. It's probably for a good reason-they're trying to keep your family healthy.

Laila - posted on 09/25/2009

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Once the nipple touches mouth you have one hour to complete it. What you can do is make half and put other half in fridge from the fridge one you have 24 hours.
Hope that helps

Jessica - posted on 09/25/2009

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not everyone agrees with it. Because you have a degree in something does that make you more qualified then a mothers natural instint. no. women were made to pro-create and a mothers bond, nothing can compare to it. To be honest i make my feeds up and will throw them out if its been longer then 24 hours i also dont feed my child it if its been longer then a hr. my child will feed in half hour after the feeds been warmed up anyway,. what i am actually talkin about is if i have heated my sons bottle up and i go in to feed him and his fallen asleep (ive lost count how many times thats happened.) or if he doesnt want it. thats when i see no prob in puttin it bk in the fridge cos its only been a min. i always smell it before i do that anyway, i dont see how u can be confused about why mothers need to make formula ahead of time, making feeds up is time consuming, you got to sterilise the bottles and leave the kettle to cool down for half hour, its not good when u got a screamin baby who wants his feed rite now. majority of mothers store feeds in the fridge..

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I'm confused about why you even need to make formula ahead of time...Why not just make a bottle with the amount that your chlid usually eats *when* they get hungry, then if they get hungier mix a little more, or if they don't eat quite all of it you haven't lost much. It's simple, really.

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Quoting jessica:

yeah but most of them aint mothers thou nor r any of these companies, funny how health visitors midwives n docs told me to put my son on hungrier babies and when i did he vomits it all up so iv had to switch back...v expensive as i hadnt used a lot of the hungrier babies, his fine now on the normal milk...to be honest why should i listen to the professionals when they dont all say the same thing..its like do i use boiled water in between feeds...some say yes and some say no so what is the point of listenin if they dont know what they r talkin about most of the time, i am goin on my motherly instint which is special and natural and ive had no probs followin my own advice!!!!


Why? Because they got degrees to figure these sorts of things out, and know more about bacteria growth and its potential to make someone sick than you or I do-unless you have a medical degree. I've never heard any doctor or formula company say that it's ok to re-heat formula or to feed it to your baby more than an hour after the feeding began. That's a solid piece of information that is in every baby book I've seen and on every formula can. You should follow it.



Just because they aren't mothers-although a lot of them are-doesn't mean they don't know what they're talking about. They went to school for years to figure this stuff out. Things like tummy sleeping shift with the wind, so yeah-some things are subjective. But ignoring something that everyone agrees is dangerous is just that-dangerous.

Connie - posted on 09/24/2009

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i always went by what the formula can said, feed baby immediately or refriderate & use within 24 hours. once feeding begins, use within one hour or dicard. so if u feed him the rest of the bottle within an hour of when u first made the bottle, i would think u would be fine but i never trusted it after one hour, never wanted to get him sick from bad formula.

Samantha - posted on 09/24/2009

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I haven't started bottle feeding yet but what my sister did was track how many ounces my niece would drink and make a pitcher of formula in the morning, only enough for that day, and then make the bottles according to how much she typically ate. That way you don't waste any and you have it all premade. It only need to be heated.

I wish luck in your endeavor. :-)

Jessica - posted on 09/24/2009

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My feelings r verys strong on this subject. if i thought the formula was really bad i wouldnt give my son it!!! believe me i know the difference between good or bad formula-u seriously only really need to smell it to tell the difference. as for tummy ache he definately hasnt got tummy ache as we have had him checked and his absolutey fine-plus i can tel from his cries what is going on with him. in terms of practically i realise when i weigh this agrument up more mums r doin what i am doing because1.formula is extremely expensive 2.we all havent got enough time on our hands to keep making up extra bottles,time goes very fast when u have a baby and a home to think about not mentionin other things like shopping and work commitments??? 3. you cannot really thinking about it,possibly be heating up a little at a time. you have to wash and sterilise bottles, then make them up and if we all did a little at a time nothing would ever get done. in terms of practically it isnt realistic to keep throwing it away there r only so many hrs in a day and my son feeds for most of it as it is!

Danielle - posted on 09/24/2009

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Formula before heating it up is good for 24 hours. Once you heat it up it only good for one hour. Do not REHEAT. If he doesn't eat all of his formula I would make maybe 10 oz. of formula in the morning keep that in the frig. As you make bottles thru the day just heat up what you think he will eat and if he wants more it's no big deal to heat up a little bit more. I have read some of the other mothers notes and that is a little scary to me. Just for the simple fact your little can't tell you if his tummy hurts. But here is some more bad formula and you have to eat it all. Unless your willing to drink it before you give it to him their is just no telling. Just heat up a little at a time and give it to him as he needs it. I really hope this has helped you, Good luck.

Tina - posted on 09/24/2009

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well i have 5 kids and all of my kids never finished there milk so i put it in the fridge until they were hungry again.. they r all fine and healthy.. they say to throw it away after a hr or so... but y we r not all rich.. formula is expensive... wic doesnt give u much either.. so i think ur baby will be ok.. hope it helps, tina

Rachel - posted on 09/24/2009

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This is one of those questions where there is a doctor's answer and a mom's answer. Supposedly you should discard anything unused after an hour. If you make a bottle and don't give it to the baby you can keep it in the fridge for 24 hours. Personally, I give my twins bottles and they go unfinished so I just put them back in the fridge. If they don't get finished after the second reheating, it gets tossed. Formula's too expensive to be tossing it out all the time!

Jessica - posted on 09/24/2009

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yeah but most of them aint mothers thou nor r any of these companies, funny how health visitors midwives n docs told me to put my son on hungrier babies and when i did he vomits it all up so iv had to switch back...v expensive as i hadnt used a lot of the hungrier babies, his fine now on the normal milk...to be honest why should i listen to the professionals when they dont all say the same thing..its like do i use boiled water in between feeds...some say yes and some say no so what is the point of listenin if they dont know what they r talkin about most of the time, i am goin on my motherly instint which is special and natural and ive had no probs followin my own advice!!!!

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Guys, formula says on the can not to save the bottle but for an hour after beginning feeding. Anymore and you risk giving your children food poisoning. It doesn't matter how many people have done it in the past without problems. My cousin rode in a Tide box in the floorboard of the car as a baby because car seats were expensive and it wasn't required to have them ride in one-but just because he's a safe 40-something doesn't mean I'm going to do the same thing for my son. Better regulations and advancements in what is and isn't safe are the reason for lower infant mortality rates. Your doctors and nurses and the scientists who research these things went to school for a reason-follow their advice.

Jessica - posted on 09/23/2009

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my son does the same thing. we often stick them right back in the fridge. the nurses say one thing, but most of them most not be mothers. just don't use the bottle after 24 hours.

Rebecca - posted on 09/23/2009

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my doc has always said 24 hours after you make it its good but you can only heat it once after it has been in the fridge. we would make it to feed if any left refridgerate it till needed later but only heat once

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Nope-formula is only good for an hour after you start feeding it to them-and most formulas say this on the label. Formula doesn't have the same properties of breastmilk that allow it to fend off bacteria growth, so after an hour it starts to go bad. You also shouldn't re-heat it, for the same reason-bacteria growth. You can mix formula and keep it in the fridge for about a day, but after that it goes bad and will need to be thrown out. I would suggest making him smaller amounts of formula at a time if this is a constant problem.

Crystal - posted on 09/22/2009

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I have 2 children, bottle fed both of them, and for both of them used bottles more then once the whole time.....never had a problem and they are now 2 and almost 5....but yes it is recommended to throw away unused formula....and it should only be out for an hour....its your choice, what you feel is best for you and your child...

Lyndsay - posted on 09/22/2009

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I used to put the leftovers from my son's formula back in the fridge, but I would pour it into a fresh bottle before feeding it to him the second time. He turned out quite fine, so I wouldn't worry. Most formulas stay fresh for 24 hours as long as they're refrigerated.

Jenny - posted on 09/22/2009

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i would start off with a smaller amount, and then if he's still hungry, make a little more. that way, if he's satisfied before the "usual" amount, at least you're not wasting any.

Melanie - posted on 09/22/2009

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just make smaller bottles that way its easy to just put more in the bottle if he needs more...coz u shouldnt reheat the feed and shouldnt put it back in the fridge

September - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting jessica:

well when u indicate that i shudnt have had my son i find that insulting and basically ur sayin im a bad mother when im not. how is my advice off the marker??? if your a first time mum why r u judgin me??


I never said that you were a bad Mom and I'm sorry that you are taking it that way. I'm sure that you are an amazing Mother.

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2009

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oh and also i dont know your paedritrician so why r u commentin about her? im sure she is a good one i didnt mention no names u no!!!

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2009

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well when u indicate that i shudnt have had my son i find that insulting and basically ur sayin im a bad mother when im not. how is my advice off the marker??? if your a first time mum why r u judgin me??

September - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting jessica:

the difference is i never give my child any formula that his eaten, im talkin about if i go to make a feed and he falls asleep or rejects the feed!!! noone should be talkin to me like im a bad mum, ive only just had my child!!! unlike the lady who is sayin i should have never had my child. or at least thats what she is tryin to indicate. i have plenty of books-being a mum isnt easy first time u know it does take time to grasp it all. iv done very well with my son, his healthy and growin by the day.i was just tryin to offer advice any one got a prob with that???



I never said that you were a bad Mom honey I was just saying that your advice was way off the marker. I'm sure that you are a wonderful Mom! I know that it's hard to be a first time Mom....I'm one myself.

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2009

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wel it isnt ur business when i dont know u i never asked for your nasty comments im a great mum thanks

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2009

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the difference is i never give my child any formula that his eaten, im talkin about if i go to make a feed and he falls asleep or rejects the feed!!! noone should be talkin to me like im a bad mum, ive only just had my child!!! unlike the lady who is sayin i should have never had my child. or at least thats what she is tryin to indicate. i have plenty of books-being a mum isnt easy first time u know it does take time to grasp it all. iv done very well with my son, his healthy and growin by the day.i was just tryin to offer advice any one got a prob with that???

Ashley - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting jessica:

it was only an opinon u know! not everyones opinons r the same! u took my comment the wrong way, if u read my other posts i said if u have only Just got it out the fridge n heated it then there aint no prob in my eyes in puttin it back as baby hasnt really drank any of it?? formula is expensive when ur a young mum u cant afford to keep throwin it away that is all i meant, i love my child and wouldnt put my sons health at risk



Formula is expensive.  However, to save money AND your child's health, just put two ounces in the bottle at a time!  It would take care of both!  It might take a little longer to feed, but you would know when your child has had enough without wasting six ounces or whatever.



The reason you are not supposed to give your baby formula that has been eaten a little is because of the bacteria that forms in it from your baby's saliva.

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2009

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yeah a inappropriate one..its none of your business anyway. i was trying to advise the girl who wanted advice so keep your thoughts about whether i should have had a child to yourself. u dnt no me and u certainly havent seen how i am with my son so lets leave it at that shall we.

September - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting jessica:

if we didnt want a drink we would put it back in the fridge why should it be able different for a baby?? doesnt mean we r gonna be ill after doing that. ppl treat babies like china and they really aint!



Girl you need to educate yourself :) There is a huge difference between a grown adult and an infant! Get yourself some books honey!



 

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Quoting jessica:

it was only an opinon u know! not everyones opinons r the same! u took my comment the wrong way, if u read my other posts i said if u have only Just got it out the fridge n heated it then there aint no prob in my eyes in puttin it back as baby hasnt really drank any of it?? formula is expensive when ur a young mum u cant afford to keep throwin it away that is all i meant, i love my child and wouldnt put my sons health at risk



Well then in MY opinion one who cannot afford to waste formula should not have children....Just a thought....

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2009

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if we didnt want a drink we would put it back in the fridge why should it be able different for a baby?? doesnt mean we r gonna be ill after doing that. ppl treat babies like china and they really aint!

September - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting jessica:

yes it is recommended it is also inconvienient ur the mother so u shud decide, i dont c a prob with it, all these docs and midwives and health visitors think they no best but they really dont!!!



Oh and one other thing....my pediatrician went to school to be a pediatrician therefor does know more then we do. Unless you're a pediatrician that is...which I highly doubt!

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2009

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it was only an opinon u know! not everyones opinons r the same! u took my comment the wrong way, if u read my other posts i said if u have only Just got it out the fridge n heated it then there aint no prob in my eyes in puttin it back as baby hasnt really drank any of it?? formula is expensive when ur a young mum u cant afford to keep throwin it away that is all i meant, i love my child and wouldnt put my sons health at risk

September - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting jessica:

yes it is recommended it is also inconvienient ur the mother so u shud decide, i dont c a prob with it, all these docs and midwives and health visitors think they no best but they really dont!!!


In my opinion there is nothing in this world that is inconvenient when it comes to the health of your child! Even if that mean wasting tons of formula!



 

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2009

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plus iv been doin it for 6 weeks my son is healthy it didnt do him no harm-best thing is to smell the feed

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2009

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yes it is recommended it is also inconvienient ur the mother so u shud decide, i dont c a prob with it, all these docs and midwives and health visitors think they no best but they really dont!!!

September - posted on 09/22/2009

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Current guidelines say to use formula within an hour or throw it away due to the increase in bacteria that can build up while it's being stored. Plus the nutritional value lessens the longer that it sits out. It's also recommended that you don't re-heat formula. There are some great websites that explain in deatil. Just google it :)

Ashley - posted on 09/22/2009

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Nope. It should say on the can. Once it it mixed and has been used, you have to use it within an hour. You can make some and put it in the fridge for up to 24 hours, but only if he hasn't had any of it.
Just make smaller bottles, like two ounces or something. That'll give you a good excuse to burp him in between filling them and will waste less!

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting Kathryn:

Hey Sally,

You can keep it out of the fridge for like 4 hours i think it is something along those lines and then in the fridge for like 12. After hes had some within an hour if he hasnt had more you have to throw it away due to bacteria in his saliva. Im also pretty sure that you cant heat it up more that once as it will spoil. Hope this helps.



No way...u shudnt keep it out the fridge for that long sally, 4 hrs is way too long especially in hot weather it will go off. the most is 2 hrs definately if in doubt open it up and smell the feed , u can keep them in the fridge for 24 hrs.if u have only just heated it i dont see a prob with puttin it bk in the fridge if he doesnt want it...its only if u leave it out...

Amanda - posted on 09/22/2009

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You shouldn't keep the formula out longer than 1-2 hrs, and then discard. I know it is expensive, but bacteria can start to grow in the formula and make your son sick especially after drinking it. You should not place it back in the refrigerator.

Kathryn - posted on 09/22/2009

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Hey Sally,



You can keep it out of the fridge for like 4 hours i think it is something along those lines and then in the fridge for like 12. After hes had some within an hour if he hasnt had more you have to throw it away due to bacteria in his saliva. Im also pretty sure that you cant heat it up more that once as it will spoil. Hope this helps.

Liz - posted on 09/22/2009

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i was told by nurses formula is only good after an hour of being out of fridge. it can only be stored in fridge if he hasnt tasted it because of germs and growing the bacteria on the bottle.

I reheat my bottles in a cup of water... this way no burns for baby.

i hope this helps.

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