Mixing Neocate: A Simple How-To Guide

Posted 8.4.15 | Nutrition Specialist

Are you mixing Neocate correctly? It is important to mix Neocate appropriately to ensure your little one is receiving the nutrition she needs to thrive. My goal with today’s post is to make your life just a little easier by providing tips on how to properly prepare Neocate. If others help in your little one’s care (i.e. grandparents, day care providers, home health nurse, etc.), feel free to share this blog so that they are also aware of the necessary steps to take.

First and foremost, let’s discuss the basic steps for preparing Neocate:

  1. To begin with, wash your hands thoroughly and clean the preparation area.
  2. Pour the required amount of cooled, boiled water into a sterilized feeding bottle/container (or just warm or cool water – not boiled - for Neocate Junior).
  3. Next, add the prescribed amount of scoops of Neocate to the water (all scoops should be leveled and unpacked).
  4. Lastly, place the cap on the bottle/container and shake until the powder dissolves.

We are occasionally asked whether or not the cooled, boiled water (a.k.a. sterilized water) is a must when preparing Neocate Infant DHA/ARA. We suggest using sterile water for safety reasons, a recommendation that’s been made by several large healthcare professional groups (such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and Center for Disease Control and Prevention) in relation to the preparation of powdered infant formula. For standard bottled waters or for tap water, you can easily sterilize the water by bringing it to a rolling boil for 2 minutes. You should then remove it from the heat and allow the water to cool for about 20-30 minutes to bring it down to a cooler temperature that would be safe for mixing with Neocate Infant formula (below 122’F/50'C). This ensures it is not so hot that it affects nutrients in the formula. Neocate should never be mixed with boiling or recently boiled water. For caregivers who prefer not to sterilize the water, we suggest checking with your little one’s healthcare team for their guidance. As long as they don’t require it, it isn’t absolutely necessary that Neocate Infant DHA/ARA be prepared with sterile water: it’s just our recommendation.

Below you will find various recipes for our Neocate products at their standard dilutions (20 calories per fluid ounce for Neocate Infant DHA/ARA and 30 calories per fluid ounce for Neocate Junior and Neocate Junior with Prebiotics). Occasionally, your healthcare professional may recommend mixing Neocate to be more dilute or more concentrated. If this is the case, your healthcare team will provide the appropriate recipe to meet your child’s needs.

Neocate Infant DHA/ARA:

Neocate Junior, Unflavored:

Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Unflavored:

Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla:

Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Strawberry:

Neocate Junior, Tropical and Chocolate:

We also have some great mixing demonstrations available on our YouTube page, https://www.youtube.com/user/NeocateUS. Here you will find videos of my colleagues demonstrating how to properly prepare our Neocate products.

If you have any questions at all regarding how to mix Neocate, please don’t hesitate to contact our Nutrition Services team at 1-800-NEOCATE, option 2 or nutritionservices@nutricia.com.

Do you have any questions on preparing or mixing Neocate products?

-Kendra Valle, RDN

Read Comments (2)

  • 2017-08-04 | Tulin

    Can I add Neocate Junior to fruit purée /baby food in order to increase calories? I am trying to get my toddler eat by spoon.

  • 2017-08-07 | Nutrition Specialist

    Hi Tulin,
        Sure, Neocate Junior can certainly be mixed with puréed foods, either as a powder or after being prepared with water. We always recommend checking with your little one’s healthcare team if you have questions about how much to add, etc. Also, when mixing Neocate products with certain foods you may see a color change that looks like small specks, which are a harmless interaction between the vitamins and minerals in the formula and food. For example, our product technologists have informed us that they have observed such coloration when mixing powdered formulas with foods such as banana, sweet potato, and white grape juice.
        Best of luck to you!

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