Storing and preparing your little one's milk should be easy, right? Did you know that there are ways to make it more hygienic too?
Store the formula properly
A proper container protects your formula from pests and other elements in your home. Plus, it should be washable, refillable, and reusable. Once you have one already, don't just transfer your child's formula into the container. Put the whole pack instead. Remember, using the pack is an additional protective layer that makes sure your child’s formula is safe, clean, and free from any contamination.
Make sure everything is clean
You can never be too careful when it comes to your child's health. Make sure to wash and dry everything properly: your hands, the glass, and the scoop. The World Health Organization even recommends disinfecting the surface where you prepare her milk.
As an extra precaution, you can even have one scoop dedicated to your child's formula to avoid contamination.
Don't recycle milk
You might feel like it's a waste, but those few ounces of leftover milk really shouldn't be fed to your child. Bacteria from your child's mouth can infect the formula, spread, and end up harming her health.
Making a fresh batch of milk is much better than dealing with your child's tummy aches.
Don't give too little or too much formula
The amount of formula in your child's glass matters. Too little means scrimping on her nutrition and too much can lead to excessive weight gain.
The key is to give just the right amount, which you can easily do with the scoop that comes with your formula. Don't forget to follow the instructions on the pack!
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