How Long Does Infant Formula Last?
Shelf Life of Infant Formula
How long does baby formula last? Baby Formula is a very precisely made product that contains all the nutrients that newborns need. Nutrients deteriorate with time and need to be at a certain level for infant development. So, DO NOT use baby formula after the manufacturer recommended use by date. Infant formula is the only food product mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to print a “use by” date. If formula is stored too long, it begins to separate and can clog the nipple of a baby bottle. The shelf life of properly stored baby formula, like Enfamil or Similac, is:
||(Unopened in Pantry)
||(Opened in Fridge)
|Infant/Baby Formula Liquid lasts until
||use by date
||24 Hours once mixed (or Manufacturer Instructions)
How to tell if infant formula is bad, rotten or spoiled?
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food borne illness. The smell and consistency (ingredients begin to separate) will be slightly altered, but don’t guess with baby formula…. if past the printed date, throw it out!
How to store infant formula to extend its shelf life?
Proper food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of baby formula. Keep infant formula in a cool dark place away from any temperature changes. Once opened, cover tightly and refrigerate immediately. Finish the opened formula within the time indicated on the packaging or throw it out. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.
Interesting facts about the shelf life of baby formula:
The use by date is determined after much product analysis and testing throughout the infant formula shelf life and should be adhered.
There are two products that consumers should strictly adhere to the printed date: one is baby formula and the other is adult nutrition supplements such as Ensure.
How long is baby formula good for when prepared in a dish?
How long does formula last? That depends. How long does cereal last? In general, formula lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient it is mixed with – which is probably the formula. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date.
What are our shelf life resources?
Our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scour the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of baby formula.
*An important note about expiration dates …
Although the infant formula shelf life information provided by Eat By Date is generally reliable, and should be taken as an opinion and not a substitution for the advice of your qualified health care provider.