Caring for Our Children Basics

Preparing, Feeding, and Storing Infant Formula

Programs should develop and follow procedures for the preparation and storage of infant formula that ensures the health and safety of all infants. Formula provided by parents/guardians or programs should come in sealed containers. The caregiver/teacher should always follow the parent or manufacturer's instructions for mixing and storing of any formula preparation. If instructions are not readily available, caregivers/teachers should obtain information from the World Health Organization's Safe Preparation, Storage and Handling of Powdered Infant Formula Guidelines. Bottles of prepared or ready-to-feed formula should be labeled with the child's full name, time, and date of preparation. Prepared formula should be discarded daily if not used.

Last Updated: February 8, 2019