Preparing and Storing Formula from Powder Using Scoops

How to prepare and store formula from powder using scoops.

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Preparing and Storing Formula from Powder Using Scoops

Narrator: Your child receives a formula that needs to be prepared in a different way from the mixing instructions found on the formula can. Use the mixing chart and instructions on the handout given to you by your healthcare provider instead of the one found on the formula can. Your child's health depends on following these instructions. This video will take you through the steps to properly mix your child's formula.

First wash your hands and get your supplies ready. You will need water, a container of powdered formula and a bottle or container with measurements. Check the use by date on the formula can to make sure the formula has not expired. Water used for mixing infant formula should be safe for drinking and if you are concerned about the safety of your water source, you should ask your pediatrician.

Next, add the desired amount of water to the bottle or container. Refer to the recipe provided by your healthcare professional for the correct volume of water.

Next you will be adding the powdered formula. Only use the scoop that comes in the container of the formula you are using. Different formulas have scoops that are different sizes. Measure the amount of powder, specified in your recipe with level scoops and add to the water. If you have trouble keeping track of the number of scoops, consider scooping into a separate container and then adding the powder into the water.

Refer to the formula recipe to determine whether powder should be unpacked and leveled or packed scoops. Here is how you can level formula in the scoop. Here is how you can pack formula in a scoop.

Finally, mix the water and formula powder together. This can be done by closing the bottle and shaking until well mixed; about 10-15 seconds. If your recipe is too large to fit into a bottle, you can also mix by whisking ingredients together.

Once formula is prepared, feed your child immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator to prevent growth of bacteria. Throw out any unused formula 24 hours after preparation. Throw out any formula that is still in the bottle 1 hour after the start of a bottle feeding or has been out of the refrigerator for more than 4 hours when given by feeding tube.

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