Water for formula preparation

Water for formula preparation

Should you use bottled, distilled, or tap?

Lucille Beseler, RDN

Is co-author of Nurturing with Nutrition and a former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics representing over 100,000 Nutrition professionals, while also active as a clinical dietitian in South Florida.

Article in collaboration with: Melanie Bazarte, PhD

You should be using the best water you can find 

  • Bottled water is not regulated for purity. 
  • Distilled water is the highest grade. 
  • Tap water may be sterilized by bringing it to a rolling boil. Boiling longer than 2 minutes evaporates the water and leaves concentrated minerals hard for babies to digest. Do not use lead-lined or peeling Teflon cookware. 
  • Nursery water (available in the baby food aisle) contains fluoride, but neither water nor fluoride should be given to infants under six months
Water for formula

Adapted from Nurturing with Nutrition by Dr. Melanie Bezarte and Lucille Beseler, RDN

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