With this guide, you will learn more about milk formulas, including how to store them, how long you can keep them, and how to prepare them. Read on to discover how!
Formula milk plays an important role in your child’s development, and one of the best you can find in the market is Friso Gold 3. It is packed with essential nutrients such as Vitamin D, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E and C, Taurine, Selenium, GOS, Zinc and DHA to support your child’s overall growth and natural body resistance. Once you have the right formula milk for your child, the next step is to learn how to prepare, feed, and store it when needed.
Preparation and storage tips
First and foremost, thoroughly clean the drinking container or cup so that there will be no bacteria lingering. After preparing the bottle of formula, the can of milk powder should be tightly sealed and kept in a cool and dry place. IMPORTANT: Avoid using expired formula or formula from a dented can as it might be contaminated with bacteria. In case you were wondering, Friso Gold 3 formula milk powder for children has a shelf life of 2 years.
How long does milk formulas last after they are mixed?
There will be times when your child doesn’t want to immediately drink the milk formula that you have prepared. If that happens, you can keep the formula for up to 1 hour at room temperature.
If your child is taking Friso Gold 3, it is always best for them to drink it within an hour after mixing. This is because it is specially formulated with LocNutri™ technology, where only mild heat treatment is used during the milk manufacturing process to preserve nutrients in its native structure. This prevents the proteins from getting damaged or destroyed, and helps prevent indigestion, colic, constipation and general stomach discomfort. By drinking the already-mixed milk formula within the hour, it will not only reduce the chances of bacterial growth, but your child can also easily digest and absorb the nutrients they need.
IMPORTANT: Do not keep any leftover milk formula. While it is unlikely, there is a chance that bacteria may have formed since then, so always discard leftovers no matter how much.
Can mixed milk formulas be stored in the fridge?
Some children actually prefer cold or room-temperature milk over warm ones, so it is actually fine to store them in the fridge. Just follow the within-1-hour rule of thumb to prevent bacteria from accumulating. Unlike some other formulas, you cannot keep a bottle of mixed Friso Gold 3 in the fridge for 24 hours or more.
Here’s an additional tip: Never use a microwave to reheat a chilled milk formula from the fridge. It can form dangerous “hot spots” that may burn your child when they drink it. Instead, go for the proper and safer option of either running the milk bottle under hot water, using a bottle warmer, or placing it in a pan with lukewarm water. Before feeding the reheated milk formula, shake the bottle vigorously and test the temperature by squirting a few drops on your inner wrist. If it burns, let it rest for a few minutes before checking again.