Liquid mixtures today are used most often for feeding premature babies, including in maternity hospitals until discharge, if the mother for some reason cannot be breastfed. However, this practice has not taken root in all countries, and it has not yet been introduced in Russia.
Nevertheless, doctors have concluded that this is the safest way to feed babies with vulnerable immune systems.
Liquid mixtures are ready to eat, they do not need to be diluted with water and boil. It is enough to open the package, pour the contents into a bottle and heat to the desired temperature (37 ° C). In the process of preparing a dry mixture with non-compliance with sanitary rules, bacteria and viruses can get into the bottle with dirty hands.
The human factor also can not be excluded. If you make a mistake, improperly diluted powder can cause problems with the gastrointestinal tract.
Liquid mixtures help to avoid missteps and maintain one hundred percent sterility.
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 opportunity to dilute the dry mixture or buy children’s bottled water, the liquid analog becomes a way out.
During the night feedings such “ready-made food” allows you to significantly speed up the process.
However, the liquid mixture can be useful not only in emergency situations: it is not forbidden to use it on a daily basis, however, it has a short shelf life and is not cheap. In all other respects, modern liquid analogues are no different from dry ones: they are just as close to breast milk as possible and are enriched with vitamins, minerals and beneficial substances.
Higher 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 fermented milk, therefore, they must be selected in accordance with the recommendations of the doctor.
The production of liquid infant formula is a high-tech multistage process with its own nuances.
Liquid mixtures, contrary to popular belief, are never made from whole cow’s milk: they are reduced with the help of water from the same powder from which dry analogs are made. In the process of processing, the amino acid composition of cow’s milk is brought closer to the composition of breast milk, therefore, in its unprocessed form, it cannot get into the mixture (for this very reason, baby food products are called adapted).
Water for dilution using purified. The finished liquid mixture is bottled under sterile conditions in sterile packaging.