Infant Formulas - Topic Overview
Do not use homemade formulas, such as those that use
evaporated milk. These do not contain the nutrients and supplements your baby
needs. They could also make your baby sick.
How do I prepare them?
You can buy
formula as a powder or as a concentrated or ready-to-feed
liquid. Ready-to-feed formulas cost the most. But
some caregivers find their convenience worth the extra cost. You must add
safe water to powders and concentrates. Be sure to follow the
directions on the label and use the measuring device that comes with the
Cover and store your open
cans of ready-to-feed and concentrated liquid product in the refrigerator for
no longer than 48 hours. Cover and store both opened and unopened cans of
powder formula in a cool, dry place, not in the refrigerator. You can use the
powder product for up to 4 weeks, if it's stored right. Don't leave prepared
formula out of the refrigerator.
Toddler or transitional formulas, such as Next Step,
usually contain more iron and other nutrients than other
formulas. They can be used for older babies who are
switching from formula to whole cow's milk. Most babies make this transition