Like anything involving your little one, knowing how to prepare baby formula can be a little ANXIETY inducing the first few times, because you want to make sure you're doing it 100% correct!
But I'm ready to help you get rid of those fears with my step-by-step guide, and also to tell you my own story about formula and breastfeeding!
First off, before I give you the step-by-step, I need to tell you that I actually use the Baby Brezza Formula Pro!
This takes the stress out because you don't have to worry that you've measured something wrong, or worry about the temperature or consistency, when you're trying to learn how to prepare baby formula.
The Baby Brezza has a water tank that is kept at body temperature. Then you have the powder in another tank, and all you have to do is tell the Brezza how much formula you want…It will mix it perfectly so you won't have to do any additional mixing!
But I don't mean to sound like a commercial here, and it is perfectly legitimate to make your own formula by hand.
Step 1: Choosing the right baby formula. You want to choose something that's as close to breast milk as possible, as in, you want DHA and ARA levels that are like breast milk. You also want non-GMO (I know, this is a lot of acronyms!)…People say that genetically modified doesn't matter and that organic is just a buzzword, but I wouldn't take those chances, personally!!
Step 2: Be sure to wash your hands, probably the most important step of all. And make sure the bottle/nipple are sterile. I actually use a bottle sterilizer just to really feel good about how germ-free it is!
Step 3: Add the amount of water in that you want, but it should be water that you boiled and then cooled just to make sure there are no contaminants at all. Then, follow the instructions on your formula package that will tell you the ratio of water to formula. It depends on the brand, so sorry, I can't help you there!
Step 4: Shake the bottle well to mix, and put a little droplet on yourself to make sure it's about the same temperature as you…not too hot, not too cold.
Step 5: Serve! 😉
For me, the decision to use formula over breast milk was a difficult one. I was nervous to do so, but had no other choice after my 4th episode of mastitis. If you don't know what mastitis is, basically it's when your breast tissue becomes painfully inflamed, blocking the milk duct. It's actually an infection. Neither antibiotics nor natural remedies worked for me, so I'm so sorry if you're going through this, but I don't have the answer! I can only empathize with how painful a struggle it is!