How Long Does a Can of Enfamil Last a Newborn?

April 15, 2022
How Long Does a Can of Enfamil Last a Newborn?

Most newborn babies feed about six to ten times a day, consuming two to three ounces of formula per feeding. Enfamil cans are available in 12.5 oz., 21.1 oz., and 29.4 oz. sizes. So, depending on the size of the can and your baby's nutritional needs, a can of Enfamil lasts a newborn anywhere from about one to three days. 

In terms of shelf life, powdered baby formula lasts about one year past its manufacture date in a sealed container. According to Forbes, once you have opened the container, you should use it within one month. Enfamil says a prepared bottle of powdered formula should be used within two hours if left at room temperature, one hour if warmed, or 24 hours if refrigerated. 

Shelf Life of Enfamil: Powdered vs. Liquid Formulas

Enfamil's infant formula comes in three forms: powder, liquid concentrate, and ready-to-use liquid. These formulas are made to meet the nutritional needs of infants from birth until around 12 months old. Read the label thoroughly to ensure you prepare the formula properly for your baby. 

The powder form and liquid concentrate should be mixed with water before feeding. The ready-to-use formula only needs to be shaken well before feeding. Each of these products has a different shelf-life—be sure to check the expiration date on your baby formula packages to ensure the date has not passed before feeding your baby. 

Powdered Formula

If you purchase the powdered version of Enfamil, it should last about one year in a sealed container. Once opened, you should use the can within one month. 

Liquid Concentrate

The liquid concentrate formula can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours after opening. 

Ready-to-Use Liquid

Enfamil ready-to-use liquid should be stored in the refrigerator for at least 48 hours before feeding your baby. After opening the package, you should use it within 48 hours. Use within two hours if sitting at room temperature or one hour if it has been warmed. 

Baby Formula FAQs

Most baby formulas provide a safe alternative to breastmilk that's easy to use and cost-effective. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about baby formula. 

How Much Should I Feed My Baby Each Time?

When you mix the powdered version of Enfamil with water, follow the directions on the package to determine how much to feed your baby. The amount may change based on your baby's age and weight. 

Start with a small amount and gradually increase based on your baby's weight. If you have concerns about your baby's eating patterns, talk with your pediatrician about increasing or changing feeding times. 

What Should You Check Before Buying Formula?

Before buying and preparing baby formula, read the label carefully. Remember to check the expiration date before feeding your baby, and make sure the seal hasn't been tampered with before opening. There may also be different formula options available. Talk with your doctor about the best choice for your little one. 

How Should You Store Formula Cans? 

Store cans of powdered formula in a cool, dry place. Cans often come with a screw-top lid, making it easy to open and close the container. Once you open a can, ensure it is re-sealed tightly.

The Potential Dangers of Enfamil

Enfamil is a brand name for infant formulas made by Mead Johnson. Recently, Enfamil newborn formulas have caused safety concerns, potentially causing a serious illness called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants. 

While Enfamil warns that their powdered infant formula is not sterile and therefore not recommended for premature babies, parents have complained that the company hasn't issued appropriate warnings. 

What Should I Do if My Baby Gets Sick from Formula?

If you are concerned about your baby's health, talk to your doctor. They can help rule out any medical conditions affecting your baby's growth and development. If your baby needs immediate medical care, call 911. 

According to Cleveland Clinic, potential NEC symptoms to watch for include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stool
  • Changes in heart rate or blood pressure
  • Changes in breathing or body temperature
  • Yellow or green vomit
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Lethargy
  • Refusing to eat
  • Weight loss

My Child is Sick—Can I Get Compensated?

No amount of money can make up for your child's health being compromised. But if your child has developed NEC after drinking Enfamil formula, you deserve to be compensated for the company's negligence. That money can help to cover damages such as:

  • Hospital and NICU bills
  • Lab work 
  • Lost income due to missed work to care for your baby
  • Medications or medical equipment
  • Pain and suffering

Contact Dolman Law Group Today if Enfamil Formula Made Your Baby Sick

If you believe Enfamil formula made your baby sick, Dolman Law Group is ready to work on your case. We offer free consultations and contingency-fee payment options to make filing your claim easier and more affordable. Contact us now to learn how to get started with a personal injury lawyer.