Making a bottle of formula

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Making a bottle of formula

The first thing when you're about to make up a bottle of formula is to make sure that your hands are clean and your bottles are clean. Make sure there's no formula gunked up in a little disc or rings that come with a lot of these bottles. Those are prime places for formula to get gunky. You want to make sure your bottles are clean. The next thing is, you always want to add water first before adding the powder, because if you don't do this, the volume can get disturbed and that can disrupt the ratio of water to powder. You can run into some big health problems that way. So you add your water first. Most formula companies have a ratio of 2 ounces of water per 1 scoop of formula. The next thing is you need to read the back of the can because, especially, if you're switching formulas, companies do vary in their instructions. So friends then, one will say, "Use a rounded scoop." The other one will say, "Use a level scoop." So you need to make sure that you're following the instruction. After you've measured out your water, then, your proper scooping of formula, you put any disc or caps that your bottle comes in, put the nipple on. Make sure to put your finger over the hole or cap it, because you don't want formulas bring into your face. Shake it up. Then, your last step is just make sure that there's no formula gunked up in the nipple, because that happens a lot. If it does, all you need to do is just take your fingers and sort of roll the nipple a little bit to disperse the powder back in. Give it another shake, and then you should be good to go.

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Suzanne Barston, CLC

Blogger & Author of Bottled Up

Suzanne Barston, CLC is the former Editor-in-Chief of Los Angeles Family Magazine, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a freelance writer specializing in parenting, women’s interest, and science/health topics. She is the author of Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t and blogs as her alter ego, the "Fearless Formula Feeder". "FFF", as it’s known to an international fan base representing over 40 countries, supports parents dealing with issues of guilt, fear, conflict and uncertainty regarding infant feeding difficulties and choices through critical assessments of research, pithy commentary, practical advice, and a weekly series allowing parents to share stories in a cathartic way. She is also the co-creator of the #ISupportYou movement. 

Barston was raised outside of Boston and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in 2000. After living and working in Chicago and London, she now resides in Los Angeles with her husband, the photographer Steven Barston, and their two obnoxiously cute children. She and her husband were featured on two award-winning online reality series for, A Parent is Born and Welcome to Parenthood, about their pregnancy and first years as parents. Suzanne's writing and her work with FFF and Bottled Up have been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post,,, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Parenting, Babytalk, OhBaby!, Fit Pregnancy, The Observer, Yahoo Shine!, Australia's Good Weekend magazine, and on a variety of radio programs including KPCC's "Take Two", numerous NPR affiliates, "Parenting Unplugged", "Positive Parenting", "Mom Enough", "For Crying Out Loud", "Voice of Russia", and more. Suzanne was honored to be one of the keynote Voices of the Year in 2012 for the annual BlogHer conference.

She currently works both as a writer and as an Infant Feeding Counselor. 


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