If your baby is formula fed, it is important that he or she is getting all the nutrients needed for healthy growth and development. Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about what parents and caregivers need to know about preparing and giving infant formula safely.

The AAP wants to remind parents and caregivers not to dilute (add extra water to) formula. Always mix formula as directed by the manufacturer.

Adding extra water to formula or feeding babies water in addition to human (breast) milk or formula

If you’re using formula but are having trouble paying for it, check with your baby’s doctor, local health department, food pantry, or social service agency.

NOTE: Healthy babies do not need extra water. breast milk, formula, or both provide all the fluids they need. However, with the introduction of solid foods, water can be added to your baby’s diet. also,...

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