What kind of water to use for baby and infant formula milkYour baby is the most precious and valuable thing on earth, so it is no surprise that many new parents have called and written to us asking what kind of water to use for baby and infant formula milk. We always would first recommend breast feeding, but for a number of potential reasons, this is not always possible to exclusively breast feed. Therefore bottle feeding then comes a necessity and this article is just a guide to help you understand the options available for treating water in order to prepare your baby's formula . This can be a confusing decision with several options available. As a parent, your baby is totally dependent on you and so the decision needs to be yours and yours only. What we will attempt to do in this article is do our best to furnish you with the facts to help you make a more informed decision. What do the infant formula makers suggest? Infant formula manufacturers usually stipulate that "fresh water" should be used, but little other guidance is offered other than the water must be boiled and that the kettle should be emptied and refilled each time. The term "fresh water" is a bit vague::
- Does it mean water from your kitchen tap?
- Is this mains tap water or from a private water supply (borehole, well, stream, river)? It it hard water or soft water?
- Can it be rainwater harvested in a bucket?
- Can it be water from a plastic or glass bottle from the supermarket?
- Should it contain chlorine, fluoride or not?
- Does boiling the water remove fluoride, lead and other heavy metals?