As carefully as you selected your 100% organic baby formula to provide the best nutrition for your infant, you also need to be very selective of the water that goes into it.
Is it ok to use tap water for baby formula?
While all types of tap water may appear to be the same, it can vary greatly. Depending on the source, each kind of water has its own benefits and drawbacks.
There are some water types that you must avoid in baby formula preparation. You need to look for impurities that can be found in the water supply before you use it for baby formula.
To prepare powdered baby formula the water should be low in sodium, nitrate, nitrite, fluoride, sulfates, and manganese. Babies should be provided with water that is clean, healthy and overall relatively low in mineral content.
Tap water safety varies greatly from city to city. To check your local water, visit your water municipality’s website. All municipalities are required to publish an annual water quality consumer confidence report. If all is not well with your city water, the consumer confidence report will tell you.
Even if everything checks out with your city water, you still have the possibility of contaminants that might be coming into your home from the pipes. It is best to take every precaution to ensure your baby will not receive harmful additives.
Do I need to boil distilled water for baby formula?
In order to kill any germs, bacteria, or viruses we recommend always boiling tap water when making your baby's formula. To make sure the water is sterilized, mix the formula 30 minutes after the water is boiled and before it cools below 158° F.
Fluoride in Water for Babies
To help prevent cavities, more than 60% of the U.S. population receives fluoridated water through their tap. Some communities have naturally occurring fluoride in their water, but the majority receive it as an additive.
Although there is some degree of benefit when it comes to the adult population, fluoride can have negative effects on your infant.
There are many concerns when it comes to using water with heavy concentrations of fluoride present for babies:
- High levels of this fluoride in baby formula preparation can cause enamel or dental fluorosis
- Fluoride can cause permanent discoloration on your baby’s developing teeth
- Very rarely, fluoride poisoning can happen if large amounts of fluoride is ingested during a short period of time
If you have no choice but to use fluoridated water, check with your local water company and make sure that the levels of fluoride present in the water is less than 0.7 mg per liter.
Low fluoride tap water might be labeled as “demineralized,” “purified,” “distilled,” or “deionized.”
Every Detail Matters
When preparing the perfect bottle of formula the quality of water matters. It is an important part of the nourishment needed to help your little one grow and thrive.
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