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I have an 8 day old baby and i do breast feed but sometimes it's not enough or im not able to do it so i have hubby give him formula..on the bottle it says it's only good for 72 hrs and i dont use it that fast is it still good after 72hrs or should it just be thrown away?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:56 PM on Oct. 4, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • If it sits longer than the recommended time (It differs depending on the type you're using) it's a very high chance that bacteria starts to grow and that can be deadly. So no you shouldn't let it sit longer than it says to. Just make up only as much as you will need for 1 day so it doesn't go to waste.

    Answer by KalebsMommee at 2:57 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • is it pre mixed? if so after it is opened, toss is out after 3 days also be sure to shake the bottle of formula before putting it in baby's bottle

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:57 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • If you think it's still good then don't throw it out, I never did, the dates on the bottles are usually a suggestion

    Answer by looovemybabies at 2:59 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • No the info on the container isn't just a suggestion it's put there for the safety of your baby.. Why risk it?

    Answer by KalebsMommee at 3:11 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • Why don't you just get a small can of powder formula instead of the liquid so you don't have to worry about it going bad in only three days? those dates are not just suggestions, they're put on there for the health of your baby.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:16 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • i was going to say the same thing, get a can of powder, that is good for like 30 days after opening it (as long as its not mixed, once mixed i think its like 72 hrs as well you'd have to check) but if it says to throw it out, throw it out, you're baby would probably be ok, but do you really want to go off of probably?

    Answer by vabchmommy at 3:20 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • I usually recommend to my moms not to use formula until their milk supply is well established (at least two weeks.) It is like a vicious circle: mom thinks she doesn't have enough milk so she gives a bottle, that decreases milk supply, so mom gives a bottle .....

    I have no problem with you bottle-feeding, but if you want to breastfeed it is best to establish milk supply first. Frequent feedings increase supply.

    It is actually rare for a mother to not produce enough milk. Most of the time it is because of following the circle above.

    When you need to use a bottle of formula, use powder and only mix the bottle you need.

    Answer by obrn4u at 3:24 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • If you're going to supplement, get the powedered. It's good for a month after it's been opened and you can just mix as much as you need.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 3:29 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • What obrn4u said except it's recommended to wait 6 weeks. is a great breastfeeding website.


    Answer by MoonLover06 at 3:36 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • well i breastfeed on demand and i pump when i cant feed him or for night times because me and hubby take shifts i dont just not feed him breastmilk but sometimes he wants to eat before i get more milk and he literally sucks me dry so instead of him crying and being hungry i give him some formula..and he's good with using the bottle and breastfeeding but now that i know the formula isnt good after 72hrs i'll make sure not to use it after 72hrs also i use the pre mixed because thats what hubby prefers to use and i rather make him happy then fight with him over it hah thanks for all the help ladies

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:48 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

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