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Parents choose to bottle-feed babies for many reasons. This sheet can help answer some of your questions about feeding your preemie with formula.
Be sure to use the type of formula and the concentration that were prescribed when your baby was discharged. Preemie formulas and "follow-up" formulas are designed for premature babies. These may be better for your baby than regular formulas.
If using powder:
Follow package directions for mixing.
Try mixing with warm water in a blender to help dissolve the powder.
Use all of the powder within one month after opening the package.
Keep mixed formula in the refrigerator when not in use. Don’t keep mixed formula for longer than 24 hours.
If using concentrate:
Seal the package and keep it in the refrigerator after opening.
Use within 48 hours of opening the package.
Preemies may not cry when they’re hungry. Instead, they may move around and become restless. Get to know your baby’s cues. If your baby is feeding less than the recommended amount, or not gaining weight on schedule, tell your baby’s doctor.
How often should I feed my baby? ________________
How much should I feed my baby?
At each feeding ________________
Total each day ________________
How much weight should my baby gain per week? _____________
If your baby drinks from a bottle but does not finish all of the formula within 1 hour, discard the remaining liquid and give your baby a new bottle at the next feed.
Glass and metal items can be washed in a dishwasher. The following items should be hand washed in hot soapy water and rinsed in hot, clean water:
Any other equipment used for feeding