Post # 1
What are the rules as to how long bottles can stay out?
If I need to run some errands or go to dr’s appointments and I pack a pre-made bottle for Dirty Delete how does that work. Right now I am making bottles with 1oz formula and 1 oz breast milk. Should I heat the bottles before I leave? Can they stay at room temperature for a few hours?
Any advice would be great thanks!
Post # 3
Breast milk can stay out in room temp for up to 8 hours. I was under the impression with formula, once you mix it you have an hour to refridgerate or eat. It can stay in the refridgerate for 24 hours. If using formula I usually pack the powder and the water in the bottle at room temp. I could be wrong about the formula though…
Post # 4
i’ve worked in 3 different NICUs and these were the basic guidelines for breastmilk storage we told parents when the babies went home:
fresh milk is good for 48 hours in the fridge
thawed milk is good for 24 hours in the fridge
breast milk is good for 3-4 hours at room temperature or warmer
formula mixed from powder is good for 24 hours in the fridge and up to 4 hours at room temperature or warmer
as for your situation, you can always carry the powder and water separate and mix right before you feed as the PP suggested. you can also buy ready feed bottles of formula. as long as the seal is intact, they are good to be stored at room temperature until their expiration date. also you don’t necessarily have to warm up formula before feeding.
if you are doing half breastmilk and half formula for extra calories/fortification, you don’t necessarily have to mix the two in the same bottle. studies have shown that it might actually be better to give baby alternate feeds of formula and breastmilk instead of mixing them in the same bottle.
hope that helps!