Formula milk like Friso Gold 3 can play a huge part in your child's development—it is packed with essential nutrients such as Vitamin D, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E and C, Taurine, Selenium, GOS, Zinc and DHA which supports your child’s overall growth and natural body resistance. While it's always important to feed your child a milk formula that contains the right amount of nutrients, how you prepare, feed and store the formula is also important. This guide is here to answer the questions you may have about how to store formula, how long you can keep it and to also help you through the process.
Formula Preparation & Storage
Before you start, ensure drinking container/cup is properly cleaned. They can transmit bacteria if not cleaned properly. You can keep the formula at room temperature for up to 1 hour after preparation, and store the milk formula powder in a cool dry place. The shelf life of Friso Gold 3 formula powder is 2 years. Do not use expired formula or formula from a dented can as it might be contaminated with bacteria.
How Long Formula Lasts After It's Mixed
Sometimes, your child might not want to consume the milk after you have mixed it. So how long can you keep it the formula for if you have already prepared it?
While some say that you can prepare some formulas in advance, we advise that you use Friso Gold 3 within 1 hour of preparation. 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 using the formula within the stipulated time, you not only reduce the chances of bacterial growth, but your child also gets the nutrition he needs that's also easy to digest and absorb.
Also, do not keep any leftover formula after a feed. There's a chance that bacteria may have formed since then, so it's always best to play safe and discard it.
Can I Keep Mixed Formula in the Fridge?
Your child may actually prefer cold or room-temperature milk, so yes, you can store the mixed formula in the fridge. But remember to use it within 1 hour of preparation to prevent bacteria accumulation. Unlike some other formulas, you cannot keep a bottle of mixed Friso Gold 3 in the fridge for 24 hours or more.
If you need to heat up the milk that's been stored in the fridge, never use a microwave; it can cause dangerous "hot spots" in the formula that can burn your child. Instead, run the drinking container