When preparing Neocate for your little one, it is important that you follow the preparation instructions on the Neocate can carefully.
It is always best to prepare Neocate only when you need it, and to start feeding immediately. However, if this is not possible, Neocate can be pre-prepared. It should be cooled rapidly, stored in the refrigerator and used within 24 hours. Discard all unused formula 24 hours after preparation.
Here are some tips on safely preparing Neocate:
- Always wash your hands before preparing formula and ensure that formula is prepared in a clean area.
- Before starting with the preparation, make sure that all your utensils, i.e. bottles, steriliser, teats, etc, are thoroughly washed and sterilised – It is recommended that you wash all these items with hot soapy water before sterilisation. You can sterilise all utensils and bottles by boiling them for 5 minutes or using a steam steriliser. This is especially important if they have previously been used to make up another infant formula. Ideally, don’t use them for anything else.
- Boil fresh tap water and allow it to cool until lukewarm – to cool to a safe temperature allow the water to sit for 30 minutes so that it feels warm (not hot) to the wrist.
- Ideally prepare only one bottle of formula at a time, just before feeding.
- Pour the correct prescribed amount of water into a sterilised feeding bottle.
- Always use the measuring scoop provided in the tin. The measuring scoop can slip into the powder, but can easily be retrieved using a clean, dry knife. Do not use your hand.
- Fill the scoop provided with Neocate and level off with a clean dry knife. Do not press the powder into the scoop and only use the scoop provided.
- Add the prescribed number of level scoops of Neocate to the pre-measured water.
- Keep the scoop in the Neocate can when not in use – do not wash the scoop as this can introduce moisture into the can if not dried adequately
- Replace the cap on the feeding bottle and shake it until the powder dissolves.
- Before feeding, check whether the formula temperature is correct by placing a few drops on your wrist. The temperature should feel just warm, but cool is better than too hot.
- Formula remaining in the bottle after a feed is complete, should be discarded.
- A feed should not take longer than 1 hour – any formula that has been at room temperature for longer than 1 hour should be discarded.
- When the Neocate can of formula is finished, throw away the scoop with the can, to ensure that the correct scoop is used next time.
- Powdered infant formula is not sterile
- Formula should not be warmed longer than 15 minutes prior to feeding
- Do not boil formula and do not use a microwave oven to prepare or warm formula
- Formula remaining in the bottle after one hour of feeding should be discarded
- Formula must not be re-warmed during feeding as excessive heating can cause nutrient loss and affect taste
For more information on how to make up the Neocate you are using go to the “Products” page.