Posted in Bottle Feeding, Safety

Switching to formula

Anonymous

I’ve been pumping my milk and have been giving it to my 3 1/2 month old baby in a bottle. I’ve been doing this since he was 8 weeks old but now I feel like it’s draining me out and I feel like I can do it anymore so I decided to switch to formula. So while doing research I read that you’re supposed to boil water to make prepare the formula and then cool it to the desired temp. I also read that you have to watch what kind of water to use because of they may contain too much chemicals or salts. I guess my question is did you boil the water and which brand water did you use? Also if you did boil the water how did you prepare the bottles when you were out and about? Thanks!

  • Leah
    Dec 14

    I never boiled water . in the baby section in stores they do have gallons of baby water . I'll heat the water up in the microwave then fix the bottle . if U would like u can boil the gallon of water and pout it back in the jug . at some point I stopped heatimg the water because when we out I couldnt warm the water but room temp is good

  • Kerry
    Dec 14

    I used filtered water and preboiled it before needing it. I had water in bottles at room temp then used tommee tippee formula containers. You are supposed to boil the water as there are/could be bacteria in the water which might make babies sick. I'm from england and thats the norm thing to do but it seems like here in america a lot of people don’t.

  • Jessica
    Dec 14

    With both babies I just filtered our own. No need to boil water in my opinion. We just used our filtered water, put it through the Brita, and left at room temp.

  • Jessica
    Dec 14

    If you’re concerned you can check your local water quality 👍🏻

  • Sara
    Dec 14

    I use tap water straight from the tap (on cold) but first I had my tap water tested for lead to make sure it was safe.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 14

    Kerry I’m new to formula feeding and I original tried Enfamil because that’s what they use at my kids daycare but my baby didn’t like it. Then I read on some babycenter post about HiPP so I bought it online and he liked it so now I’m trying to figure out if I have to boil the water like the instructions say or if it’s ok to do it with water at room temperature.

  • Kerry
    Dec 14

    Me personally boiled the water until mine was a 9 months. All formula says to boil the water. I boiled a kettle full at night let it cool over night ready for the next day. It seems that alot of people dont boil it and dont have problems. Same as sterilizing the bottles after use i sterilized the bottles until about 7 months after each time they were wash again seems to be the difference between me being english not american. Ive heard from friends and on forums that most people over here dont sterilize bottles after washing them. So its kinda what you feel works for you, but my opinion is to boil the water to kill potential bacteria that babies cant handle yet.

  • Kendall
    Dec 14

    My ped said to use tap water

  • Sarah
    Dec 14

    My ped said if the water was good enough for me to drink it was good enough for my baby. And I just used tap and warmed it up a little. Now my LO just drinks room temp water.

  • Marisa
    Dec 14

    I never boiled water. I took filtered water from the tap, warmed it up in the microwave, and then prepped the bottle.

  • Elle
    Dec 14

    It all depends on where you live - and the locale's water quality. We never boiled water. Used it from the tap. We live in area with very clean, safe water. When we traveled to places with variable or questionable water, we brought bottled water withus.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 14

    Thanks everyone! I’ve used the hot water setting in my water dispenser and made a bottle that way. My baby didn’t look sick or anything after he drank it so I think we are good now.