Feeding Formula

Woman feeding a baby with a bottleAll formulas manufactured in the United States must meet strict nutritional standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so don’t be fooled into thinking that expensive, brand-name formula is any better for your baby than a generic brand. But make sure to check the expiration date on all cans and bottles of formula, and don’t use formula from leaky, dented or otherwise damaged containers. 

For more information on feeding your baby, visit www.askbaby.com, www.kidshealth.org or www.marchofdimes.com.

Bottle basics 

Baby bottles certainly have their place, even if you are breastfeeding. Moms who breastfeed often “express” their milk by pumping and then storing it in the freezer or refrigerator for times when they can’t nurse.

  • Always hold your baby when feeding.
  • Keep plenty of formula and ready-to-use bottles on hand.
  • Sterilize bottles and nipples before first use and after every use.
  • Store bottles of formula or breast milk for no more than 24–48 hours.
  • Throw away bottle contents that sit at room temperature for more than one hour to reduce the risk of infections due to salmonella or other bacteria.

Never use the microwave to warm your baby’s bottle. Dangerous “hot spots” can burn your baby.


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