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Preterm Infant Formula Preparation

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Type of formula/Calories per ounce: ____________________________________ 

Amount to make each day: ___________________________________________

Preparing your baby’s formula is the first step in feeding your baby. Following these directions will help decrease the risk of bacterial contamination of the formula and ensure your infant is getting the nutrition he or she needs to grow.

Similac NeoSure®, Enfamil EnfaCare® or Gerber Nourish®

  • 22 Calories per ounce:
    • Mix 1 scoop of powder with 2 ounces of water
  • 24 Calories per ounce:
    • Mix 3 scoops of powder with 5 ½ ounces of water
  • 27 Calories per ounce:
    • Mix 5 scoops of powder with 8 ounces of water
  • 30 Calories per ounce:
    • Mix 5 scoops of powder with 7 ounces of water

1. Always wash your hands before making formula or feeding your baby.

2. Clean the counter or tabletop where you will be working.

3. Tap water is acceptable to use when preparing your formula. There is no need to boil the water unless you have well water or the city has issued a boil order. If you have any questions regarding the safety of your water, call your local health department or ask your doctor.

4. Be sure the formula has not expired by looking at the date on the bottom of the can. Once opened, powdered formula should be thrown away if not used after one month.

5. Wash the top of the can and open with a clean can opener.

6. Measure level scoops of powder carefully (spoon formula into scoop, do not pack). Adding too much water or formula can cause serious harm to your baby. *Use only the scoop provided in the can*

7. Store mixed formula in a covered container in the refrigerator until feeding time. Mixed formula should be stored no longer than 24 hours.


Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 08/2014

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