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Health Tip: When You Feed Baby Formula

Tips for preparation and serving

(HealthDay News) -- Baby formula is designed for infants a year old or younger who aren't breast-fed.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these suggestions for safe preparation and use of baby formula:

  • Wash bottles and nipples with soap, and sterilize them by boiling for 10 minutes.
  • Follow instructions carefully for mixing formula. Adding the wrong amount of water can lead to serious health problems for baby.
  • Store unmixed formula in areas that are cool and dry with a plastic lid on top of the can.
  • Store mixed formula in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  • Carefully warm up a bottle by setting it in hot water -- never boil or microwave it.
  • Throw away any formula that baby doesn't eat. Don't save it for later.
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