I didn’t expect that I would ever write a blog post about infant baby formula. Not that infant baby formula is bad, but I’m a breastfeeding mama. I breastfed all three of my babies but unfortunately had to stop nursing my 3rd baby for medical reasons when she was only 2.5 months old. It made me so sad because I love nursing my babies and she was a PRO! More on that in a later blog post.
Needless to say, I found the transition to infant baby formula to be quite challenging! From getting the scoops leveled, to getting the right consistency without clumps and mixing a bottle in the middle of the night. Breastfeeding, for me, was so much easier and convenient. All I had to do was whip out the goods and I had a satisfied baby.
With this new challenge, I had to figure out a way to fix my frustrations.
My daughter has a milk protein allergy and the formula she uses is Similac Alimentum. The powdered formula is significantly cheaper than the premixed ready to feed formula. However, I found that premixed ready to feed formula was much easier than powdered formula. Just shake, pour and warm. But boy was is pricey! It solved one problem but created another for my pocketbook.
Then it hit me. I can make my own ready to feed formula!
I figured the only difference between me purchasing the ready to feed formula over me making it myself, besides the price, would be the shelf life. Premixed lasts for up to 48 hours refrigerated and my DIY mix would last 24 hours refrigerated. That’s a good trade-off for me!
But there’s another difference. The taste!
My daughter liked the taste of the ready to feed formula better than the powder! And I do too! After doing a little taste test, the ready to feed formula tastes sweeter than the powder mix. After comparing the ingredients, I noticed that the ready to feed formula has modified tapioca starch and the powder does not. I’m not sure if that’s the reason why it tastes different, but I do know that tapioca starch has a sweet taste to it.
So to solve this problem, I added a tiny bit of agave nectar to my DIY mix. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why am I giving my baby agave nectar? It’s not like I’m giving her spoon fulls folks. If you didn’t know, breast milk has natural sugar and tastes very sweet! Alimentum formula tastes metallic and smells like raw potatoes. Not exactly pleasant when the baby is used to my sweet breast milk. So adding a tiny bit of agave nectar is NOT going to harm the baby. It made a huge difference in the taste and she now drinks it just fine without fighting the bottle.
Making ready to feed formula is actually not much different than making a single bottle serving. With a few simple steps, it’s just making a larger batch to last for 24 hours and then storing them in a container in the fridge.
Here’s what you need to whip up a batch of ready to feed formula:
- Baby Formula
- Mixing apparatus
- Storage apparatus
Here are a few different options available for mixing formula.
I personally chose the Baby Bullet because I already had it on hand. It all depends on what method you prefer.
Whatever mixing apparatus you choose, be sure to measure accurately. This is important to ensure that the consistency would be the same every time. It also ensures the proper calories for your baby.
My Baby Bullet holds 12 ounces at a time. I add 6 leveled scoops, a teaspoon of agave nectar, and 1/4 teaspoon of probiotics then mix for 30 seconds.
My toddler loves to help me with this!
The powdered formula lasts for 24 hours refrigerated. I need 36 ounces per 24 hours so I make three small batches of 12 ounces each and then pour them into these mason jars to keep the formula fresh.
It really is that easy. All the things that flustered me about mixing formula were solved with this perfect baby formula hack!