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      Preparing a bottle-feed: Aptamil Organic

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      Preparing a bottle-feed: Aptamil Organic

      Preparation is key

      Learn how to safely make up a feed

      If you are thinking about bottle-feeding your baby, it’s useful to know how to make up a feed before the time comes. Storing or freezing formula milk is not recommended, so you’ll need to make up a new bottle for every feed. Always check the pack for correct preparation advice.


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      Making up a bottle-feed can seem tricky to begin with, but you'll soon find it becomes second nature. See our step-by-step guide on how to prepare a bottle correctly.


      Wash hands and sterilise all utensils according to manufacturers’ instructions.

      Boil 1 litre of fresh water. Leave kettle to cool for 30 minutes and no longer (allowing the water to reach 70°C once cooled from boiling). Measure the required amount of water (refer to the feeding guide) into a sterilised bottle. Be careful of scalding. Do not use artificially softened or repeatedly boiled water.

      Using the scoop provided, level off the powder with the built in leveller. Do not press/heap the powder.

      Add the correct measure of powder to the water. This can be found in the feeding guide on the back of the pack. Adding too many or too few scoops can be harmful. Shake vigorously and vertically for 10 seconds until the powder is dissolved. Rolling the bottle or shaking in circles will not be sufficient.

      Cool under running tap. Check temperature of feed. Feed immediately.. Discard unfinished feeds within 2 hours

      How to make a batch of prepared feeds

      It is safest to prepare a fresh feed each time you need one. However, sometimes you may need to make a batch of feeds that will last you 24 hours.

      To safely store a batch of made-up bottles:

      • Make up the number of feeds required following the steps above. 
      • Place the cooled bottles in the back of the fridge (not in the door of the fridge, to make sure the temperature of the feeds are kept stable).
      • Make sure the temperature of the fridge is set to 5°C or less.
      • The feeds stored at the back of the fridge will be fine to use for up to 24hours, throw away any feed not used after this.

      Using a feed stored in the back of the fridge:

      • Remove the bottle from the fridge just before you need it.
      • You can feed it cold or if you prefer to warm it, place the bottle in a bowl of warm water, making sure the level of the water is below the neck of the bottle. You can also use a bottle-warmer.
      • Do not warm the feed for more than 15 minutes.
      • Check the temperature of the milk by dripping a little onto the inside of your wrist. It should feel lukewarm, not hot.
      • Once you take a feed out of the fridge the same 2 hour rule mentioned above applies. So once out of the fridge, use the feed within 2 hours.

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