Liquid formula for artificial feeding

Baby formulas are dry and liquid. Is there a difference between them and in what cases do doctors recommend choosing the latter?

Liquid mixtures are now used most often for feeding premature babies, including in maternity homes until discharge, if mum for some reason can not breast-feed. However, this practice did not take root in all countries, and it has not yet been implemented in Russia. Nevertheless, doctors came to the conclusion that this is the safest way to feed kids with a vulnerable immune system.

Liquid mixtures are ready for use, they do not need to be diluted with water and boiled. It is enough to open the package, pour the contents into a bottle and heat to the desired temperature (37 ° C). During the preparation of a dry mixture, if the sanitary rules are not respected, bacteria and viruses can get into the bottle from dirty hands. The human factor, too, can not be ruled out. If you make a mistake, an incorrectly diluted powder can cause problems on the part of the gastrointestinal tract. Liquid mixtures allow you to avoid missteps and maintain 100% sterility.

It is important to know: an open package with a liquid mixture is stored in the refrigerator for an average of 12 hours

Parents of healthy babies can also take advantage of all these advantages, and above all because sometimes it is very convenient. On the road or in the country, when there is no way to dilute the dry mix or buy children's bottled water, the liquid analog becomes a way out. During night feeding, this "ready-made food" makes it possible to significantly accelerate the process.

However, the liquid mixture can be useful not only in emergency situations: it is not forbidden to use on a daily basis, however, it has a short shelf life and is not cheap. In all other respects, the modern liquid analogs are no different from dry analogs: they are similarly close to breast milk, enriched with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. The highest results are achieved by Western manufacturers, who use the most advanced technologies. Liquid mixtures, like dry ones, are divided into basic and medicinal, fresh and sour-milk, so they should be chosen in accordance with the doctor's recommendations.

The Case of Technology

The production of liquid infant formulas is a high-tech, multi-stage process that has its own nuances.

Liquid mixtures, contrary to popular belief, are never made from whole cow's milk: they are reconstituted with water from the same powder from which dry analogs are prepared. During processing, the amino acid composition of cow's milk is approximated to the composition of the breast milk, so it can not enter the mixture in the raw form (for this very reason, baby food products are called adapted). Water for breeding is used purified. The finished liquid mixture is dispensed in sterile conditions into sterile packages.

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