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Old 02-17-2008, 08:55 PM   #1
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How do you not waste formula?

Can you leave it out longer than an hour like the package says? I feel like I'm always dumping out left over and I hate it. Not only is it super expensive, but I just hate waisting. What do you mama's do?
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Can you make smaller bottles?
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Re: How do you not waste formula?

we were always told 3 hrs by nurses and such.. on hot days though 1 hr
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Re: How do you not waste formula?

We do 4 hrs at the hospital- I'm a nurse- we hang a new continuous feeding every 4 hours.
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Re: How do you not waste formula?

We also use it for about 2-3 hours, it depends on the temperature though. If it is in the cold car, longer and in the summer we would just take it into the air-conditioned stores w/ us. We haven't had any issues (it's been 9 months) I'm glad I read this thread though...now I don't feel guilty about using "old formula"...lol.
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Re: How do you not waste formula?

I have no advice but let me tell you I am bf and when he takes a bottle but not all of it and I have to throw my milk away......that hurts! technically it's free but my time pumping wasn't !! i'd try smaller bottles......you may end up with more frequent feedings though.
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Re: How do you not waste formula?

We do about 4 hours as well.. and Ive never had an issue with illness with either babe. My 2 yo still is on formula and hes been known to stash a bottle, and drink it later.. sometimes 10-12 hrs and he's never gotten sick from it or anything.

Of course I dont advise going 10+ hours, but IME you can safely go 3-4 hours. And if you refrigerate the unused portion and rewarm it for feeding that works too.. I did that all the time with DS because he waas on Alimentum RTF and it cost over $9 a QUART!
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And if you refrigerate the unused portion and rewarm it for feeding that works too.. I did that all the time with DS because he waas on Alimentum RTF and it cost over $9 a QUART!

DS was too, and we did the same thing! Liquid gold!
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As far as I'm concerned the formula companies are out to make BIG BUCKS from mama's who only want the best for their babies!

My son is also on Alimentum and we refrigerate and reheat any leftovers ONCE. He eats fast, so rarely is a bottle out for more than 30 mins, but I'd be fine with leaving it out a couple of hours. Now that I've heard the 4 hour thing, I might be tempted to use a bottle that's been in a cool environment (not a searing hot day ) for that long.
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DS was too, and we did the same thing! Liquid gold!

yeah try Neocate, its $36 a can!!!

talk about liquid gold!
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