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gerber good start formula Lotus Flower Bomb 1 child; Georgia 292 posts
Jul 25th '11

i'm using the Gerber ready to feed good start formula with my son, and it says to discard any unused formula after an hour. i'm starting to notice i'm wasting ALOT of formula because he only takes about an ounce or 1.5 every 3 hours so I end up throwing away more than I use. what will happen if I just refrigerate the unused formula? I don't see how it could go bad if its refrigerated then properly warmed. anybody know if it will cause harm

Cassi♥DLKA♥ 4 kids; Victoria, Texas 23081 posts
Jul 25th '11

You can't refrigerate it if he's already drank out of the bottle. That causes bacteria to grow.

Becca Rulo Shinkovich 2 kids; Washington 1775 posts
Jul 25th '11
Quoting that cool kid's mom:" i'm using the Gerber ready to feed good start formula with my son, and it says to discard any unused ... [snip!] ... unused formula? I don't see how it could go bad if its refrigerated then properly warmed. anybody know if it will cause harm"


1oz every 3 hrs??? Thats not near enough! Is that a typo? Also, I had refrigerated leftover formula if I thought he would use it in a few hours (2 or3) But my son was a pig so that didnt happen often...

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
Jul 25th '11

It can grow bacteria on it, so yeah, it could really upset your baby's tummy.

......................... Santa Fe, New Mexico 46828 posts
Jul 25th '11

If he's drinking out of the bottle he's getting bacteria in it. I suggest getting the powder.

2happy 2 kids; 3 angel babies; North Carolina 14739 posts
Jul 25th '11

Make it in a pitcher. Poor an oz at a time. If he finishes the 1st oz, poor more. But anything left in the bottle after an hour, throw away.

LJ's mommy! 2 kids; Beaufort, South Carolina 151 posts
Jul 25th '11

after your baby drinks from the bottle then their saliva can introduce bacteria into the formula.

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
Jul 25th '11

<blockquote><b>Quoting Becca Rulo Shinkovich:</b>" 1oz every 3 hrs??? Thats not near enough! Is that a typo? Also, I had refrigerated leftover formula ... [snip!] ... leftover formula if I thought he would use it in a few hours (2 or3) But my son was a pig so that didnt happen often..."</blockquote>



It might be enough- I think her baby is brand new.

Becca Rulo Shinkovich 2 kids; Washington 1775 posts
Jul 25th '11
Quoting Golden Ratio:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Becca Rulo Shinkovich:</b>" 1oz every 3 hrs??? Thats not near ... [snip!] ... But my son was a pig so that didnt happen often..."</blockquote> It might be enough- I think her baby is brand new."


... Still doesnt seem like much but my son was a pig... I guess it isnt to bad if very young...



To OP - Id suggest making smaller bottles, or make a "full bottle" and pour 1oz into a different bottle, and refrigerate the full bottle. I believe it can be refrigerated for 24hrs but itll say on the can ( I never premade formula)

None ya ;) 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10826 posts
Jul 25th '11
Quoting Becca Rulo Shinkovich:" 1oz every 3 hrs??? Thats not near enough! Is that a typo? Also, I had refrigerated leftover formula ... [snip!] ... leftover formula if I thought he would use it in a few hours (2 or3) But my son was a pig so that didnt happen often..."


Her LO is a preemie might be why.
OP put it in a pitcher and just pour what you think LO will eat into a bottle, will wind up saving you a lot of money!

Cassi♥DLKA♥ 4 kids; Victoria, Texas 23081 posts
Jul 25th '11
Quoting Becca Rulo Shinkovich:" 1oz every 3 hrs??? Thats not near enough! Is that a typo? Also, I had refrigerated leftover formula ... [snip!] ... leftover formula if I thought he would use it in a few hours (2 or3) But my son was a pig so that didnt happen often..."


Her son is 3 days old. That's normal. My kids ate that in the hospital and were both at 2 oz for a week or so.

Lotus Flower Bomb 1 child; Georgia 292 posts
Jul 25th '11
Quoting Becca Rulo Shinkovich:" 1oz every 3 hrs??? Thats not near enough! Is that a typo? Also, I had refrigerated leftover formula ... [snip!] ... leftover formula if I thought he would use it in a few hours (2 or3) But my son was a pig so that didnt happen often..."


no its not a typo. he is premature. its normal for him to eat that much according to his doctors

Lotus Flower Bomb 1 child; Georgia 292 posts
Jul 25th '11
Quoting Tater and Boogers mommy:" Her LO is a preemie might be why. OP put it in a pitcher and just pour what you think LO will eat into a bottle, will wind up saving you a lot of money!"


VERY good idea! thank you, I wish I would have asked a few jars of formula ago...

Becca Rulo Shinkovich 2 kids; Washington 1775 posts
Jul 25th '11
Quoting that cool kid's mom:" no its not a typo. he is premature. its normal for him to eat that much according to his doctors"


I didn't realize he was preterm. My son drank 3oz every 2hrs (if not more often) starting from when he was born, so it just seemed like to little.
If he was preterm I would definitely not refrigerate the formula that he didnt drink. Just pre-mix in a bottle or pitcher or something, and pour into the bottle as needed

None ya ;) 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10826 posts
Jul 25th '11
Quoting that cool kid's mom:" VERY good idea! thank you, I wish I would have asked a few jars of formula ago..."

Learn as you go momma, this will be the first of many things lol