Six Common Mistakes in Formula Milk Powder Feeding

It is said to try to breastfeed within six months, but in some cases, mothers have to choose formula milk.

Therefore, how to correctly feed the baby with formula milk powder is also a compulsory course for many novice parents.

Although formula feeding seems common and simple, in fact many parents are easy to make mistakes.

Myth 1: Add milk powder before water,

Most people are used to pouring milk powder into the container first and then adding water. However, brewing formula milk powder in this way is easy to produce small caking, resulting in uneven milk and affecting baby absorption.

Correct Approach:

First take a certain amount of warm water, then add the corresponding amount of milk powder, and slowly mix well.

Myth 2: Brewing Milk Powder with Boiled Water

Boiled water with too high a temperature will affect the activity of vitamins in formula milk powder, while some milk powder added with probiotics will even lose its corresponding ingredients.

Correct Approach:

Different formula milk powder, brewing water temperature is different, so parents must carefully read the product instructions before brewing milk powder. Generally speaking, the appropriate brewing temperature for formula milk powder is 40 ~ 60 ℃.

Myth 3: Change the ratio of water and milk powder at will,

If too little water is added, the milk will be very thick, and the baby will often be unable to digest it and even have diarrhea. If you add too much water, your baby will eat the same amount of milk, but you will not get enough nutrition. Therefore, don’t change the ratio of water to milk powder at will.

Correct Approach:

In fact, the formula milk powder will be clearly marked on the packaging with the mixing proportion, and the general marking form is [how many milliliters of water add how many spoons of milk powder]. In addition, the “spoon” here refers to the spoon matching the milk powder.

Myth 4: Give the baby a drink after shaking the bottle vigorously.

Some parents will shake the bottle vigorously in order to mix the milk. In fact, after shaking the bottle vigorously, excessive bubbles will be generated and the baby will be given to drink immediately, which will make him swallow too much air, causing flatulence and affecting digestion.

Correct Approach:

Shake the bottle with gentle movements and observe the dissolution of milk powder, or carefully observe in other sterilized large cups, slowly mix well, and then pour into the bottle.

Myth 5: Do not put the milk washed in advance or surplus in the refrigerator,

The milk washed or surplus in advance should be kept in the refrigerator, and should not be put on the milk warmer after soaking before being given to the baby when needed, because such milk may breed germs.

Correct Approach:

Milk washed in advance should not be left at room temperature for more than 1 hour. The milk stored in the refrigerator can be fed to the baby for several hours.

However, even in the refrigerator, it is still inappropriate to store it for too long, so it is best to drink it within 24 hours, and the longest time should not exceed 48 hours.

It is best to use a milk warmer or immerse the milk bottle in hot water to thaw, instead of heating it in the microwave oven. Because the milk heated by the microwave oven is not evenly heated, the baby cannot absorb it well after drinking it.

Myth 6: Substitute Milk for Formula Milk Powder

Milk will increase the kidney burden of babies under one year old and even lead to intestinal diseases. For them, the nutrients in milk are [unaffordable].

Correct Approach:

Don’t give your baby milk until he is 1 year old. Babies can only drink milk or other whole milk after the age of 1.

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