Government of New Brunswick

Automatic Powdered Infant Formula Preparation Machines that are currently on the market are not using water at a temperature to ensure sterilization, and reportedly are not able to ensure the recommended concentration of water to powder ratio. Therefore there is a potential increase in risks for illness and inadequate nutrition for infants.

Automatic Powdered Infant Formula Preparation Machines have been on the market for a few years. They are promoted as “a revolutionary new way of preparing your baby’s formula bottles…..with the push of a button, you can prepare a bottle within seconds that has no air bubbles.” Concerns have been expressed about these machines by recognized authorities as well as consumers.

 The predominant concerns are:

  1. The water temperature for preparing the formula is ‘ready to feed temperature’ and inadequate for sterilization.
  2. The quality of the formula that is dispensed is inconsistent and may not contain the nutrients needed for growth ie the amount of powder dispensed can vary
  3. The water that is used in the machine may sit dormant for a long time. More bacteria may grow in this water.

In addition there have been reports of mold and bacteria growing within the machines when the recommended cleaning guidelines are not following carefully.

Advise clients about the potential health risks for their infant (illness and inadequate nutrition) and encourage them to review the product information and product reviews online. Should they make an informed decision to use the machine, ensure they follow the recommended cleaning procedure and frequency.

Review the recommendations for safe preparation of Powdered Infant Formula found in the New Brunswick Department of Health document - How to Feed Your Baby with Infant Formula, (pages 3 & 6) on the Government of New Brunswick website.