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December 2nd, 2009, 04:38 PM
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Okay so I'm going to say that I plan to breastfeed my twins, but I also know that I might want some formula around for maybe my husband to help with night feedings or just for times that I need *me time*. I'm not going to be buying formula anytime soon, but I would like to know some information before I make decide to buy if I do.

Here's what I want to know. Does ready made formula come in different amounts? Like 2oz or 4oz? I know they are premeasured and mixed formula, but don't know if they come in different ounce servings. That comes to my next question are they in like cans? or bottles? If they are in bottles do they come with nipples or do I need to buy those? My midwife said if I chose to supplement she would recommend ready made formula for at least the first month. I did ask her why she said it's easier because they are sterile. Is that true?

Oh and I have one more question how fast do you need to use it? Like if I get like a 24 pack would I need to use it within the week?
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December 2nd, 2009, 08:30 PM
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First off.... if you were to get a 24 pack. If each container is locked tight then no you have awhile to use it. But once you open each one you have a day or 2 to use it.

I am not too sure about 2 or 3 oz bottles that you can buy. I know you can get these from the hospital. But not sure about stores. You would probably have to buy nipples for those. I know you can buy big bottles of ready to feed formula, but you have to use it up before a day or 2

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December 21st, 2009, 04:48 PM
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Our twins (born 12-4) are BFing and supplementing. Those 2 and 4 oz. premixed bottles are convenient, but once you open one and they drink from it, you ahave to pitch the rest, you can;t reuse it later. Unless you are going to pour it into two bottles to split it btwn the twins, you will waste a lot, since they eat very little when they are only a few weeks old, and those bottles are not cheap. We just mix the powdered formula and pour what we need. It really only takes a few minutes to mix, and you can premix and refrigerate it for 24 hours.
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December 23rd, 2009, 11:53 AM
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Most formulas come in tiny bottles and cans. Its best to buy it at a Babies R Us, atleast around here they have the best selection.

I use Carnation Good Start and they sell it 3 oz bottles, 4 and 8 oz cans and the large 32 oz can.

If you aren't opposed to using powder then that may be your best bet.


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Our twins (born 12-4) are BFing and supplementing. Those 2 and 4 oz. premixed bottles are convenient, but once you open one and they drink from it, you ahave to pitch the rest, you can;t reuse it later. Unless you are going to pour it into two bottles to split it btwn the twins, you will waste a lot, since they eat very little when they are only a few weeks old, and those bottles are not cheap. We just mix the powdered formula and pour what we need. It really only takes a few minutes to mix, and you can premix and refrigerate it for 24 hours.
actually the canned formula can be refrigerated also, 24-48 hours for most brands. So she wouldn't necessarily have to trash an opened can right away if not used. I use the ready-to-feed everyday and pour 6-7 bottles at a time and refrigerate.
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