b. Review the mother's records to identify information previously given.
Facts about formula preparation and storage.
Facts about feeding equipment.
c. Formula preparation and storage.
(1) Commercially prepared formulas should be stored in cool places until
opened. Once opened, the formula should be refrigerated at temperature and times
suggested by the manufacturer.
(a) Once formula (or powder) has been constituted with water, follow
the manufacturer's suggestions for length of time constituted formula is good.
(b) Once the newborn starts to feed, constituted formula should be
used within 30 minutes. If not discarded, formula serves as an excellent medium for
(2) Formulas prepared in the home should be stored in the refrigerator after
the initial cool-down period following sterilization.
(a) Bottles of formula that have been sterilized are considered "good"
(b) Once opened, these bottles should be used within 30 minutes time
frame. The unused portion should be discarded and not saved for the next feeding.
(3) Ready-to-feed formulas should be stored in a cool place. Once opened,
these feedings should be used within 30 minutes and not saved for subsequent
(4) Dilution of formulas is of extreme importance. Improper dilution may
cause problems such as diarrhea (if too concentrated) and weight loss (if too dilute).
d. Feeding equipment.
(a) May be sterilized at home.
(b) May be cleansed by meticulous washing with warm, sudsy water
and rinsing in hot water, and then air-dried.
(c) Plastic bottle inserts may be used but should be discarded after
each use. The folds of plastic around the junction of the bottle's neck and the nipple
provide a good source of growth medium.