How to Use Colief®

Add Colief to expressed breast milk and/or infant formula. Do not give the drops to your infant directly. Colief works best in warm milk (body temperature). Do not add Colief to expressed breast milk and/or infant formula that is too hot or too cold. If you have any concerns regarding your infant’s health you should seek professional medical advice.

If you are not sure if you are using Colief correctly please consult with your health­care professional or visit us online at ColiefUSA.com. You can also call 855-526-5433.

Using Colief ® with Infant Formula

Formula Options Drops to add How to Use Colief®
Using Colief with formula 4 Drops
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  • Prepare your infant’s formula as per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Add 4 drops of Colief to the warm (not hot) formula.
  • Wait 30 minutes, shaking the formula occasionally, then feed your infant as normal, making sure that the formula is at the correct temperature.
  • Discard any unused formula.
Making formula in advance using Colief 2 Drops
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  • Prepare your infant’s formula as per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Add 2 drops of Colief to the warm (not hot) formula.
  • Store in your refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours before use.
  • Feed your infant as normal making sure that the formula is at the correct temperature.
  • Discard any unused formula.
Using Colief with ready-made formula 4 Drops
4drops
  • Warm the formula.
  • Add 4 drops of Colief to the warm (not hot) formula.
  • Wait 30 minutes, shaking the formula occasionally, then feed your infant as normal, making sure that the formula is at the correct temperature.
  • Discard any unused formula.

*The refrigerated and frozen storage of formula or breast milk treated with Colief has not been evaluated.

Using Colief® with Breast Milk

Formula Options Drops to add How to Use Colief®
Breastfeeding with Colief 4 Drops
4drops
  • Express about a tablespoon (15 ml) of breast milk into a clean container.
  • Add 4 drops of Colief to the milk.
  • Give this to your infant on a sterilized spoon before initiating breastfeeding.
  • Breast feed as normal.
Storing breast milk in the refrigerator for later use 2 Drops
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  • Express milk into a clean fridge safe container.
  • Add 2 drops of Colief to ‘expressed’ breast milk.
  • Store in the back of the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours before using.
  • Feed your infant as normal making sure that the breast milk is at the correct temperature. Discard any unused breast milk.
Storing breast milk in freezer for later use 4 Drops
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  • Express milk into a clean freezer safe container.
  • Add 4 drops of Colief to ‘expressed’ breast milk.
  • Wait 30 minutes, gently shaking the milk occasionally.
  • Place Colief treated milk in freezer.
  • When needed; remove from freezer, thaw, warm gently and then feed to baby

*The refrigerated and frozen storage of formula or breast milk treated with Colief has not been evaluated.

Storing breast milk

Instructions on the Storage Duration of Fresh Breast Milk (per the CDC, AAP & ABM)1, 2, 3*

Location of Storage Temperature Duration
Room Temperature 60 – 77°F (16 – 25°C) 3-4 hours optimal
6–8 hours acceptable under very clean conditions
Refrigerator 39°F (4°C) 72 hours optimal
5-8 days acceptable under very clean conditions
Freezer 0°F (-15°C) 6 months optimal
12 months acceptable under very clean conditions

Proper Handling and Storage of Breast Milk

By following safe preparation and storage techniques, nursing mothers and caretakers of breastfed infants and children can maintain the high quality of expressed breast milk and the health of the baby.

Safely Preparing and Storing Expressed Breast Milk

  • Be sure to wash your hands before expressing or handling breast milk.
  • When collecting milk, be sure to store it in clean containers, such as screw cap bottles, hard plastic cups with tight caps, or heavy-duty bags that fit directly into nursery bottles. Avoid using ordinary plastic storage bags or formula bottle bags, as these could easily leak or spill.
  • If delivering breast milk to a child care provider, clearly label the container with the child’s name and date.
  • Clearly label the milk with the date it was expressed to facilitate using the oldest milk first.
  • Do not add fresh milk to already frozen milk within a storage container. It is best not to mix the two.
  • Do not save milk from a used bottle for use at another feeding.

Safely Thawing Breast Milk

  • As time permits, thaw frozen breast milk by transferring it to the refrigerator for thawing or by swirling it in a bowl of warm water.
  • Avoid using a microwave oven to thaw or heat bottles of breast milk
    • Microwave ovens do not heat liquids evenly. Uneven heating could easily scald a baby or damage the milk
    • Bottles may explode if left in the microwave too long.
    • Excess heat can destroy the nutrient quality of the expressed milk.
  • Do not re-freeze breast milk once it has been thawed.

If you are not sure if you are using Colief correctly please consult with your healthcare professional or visit us online at us.colief.com. You can also call 855-526-5433.

References:

  1. http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/recommendations/handling_breastmilk.htm
  2. http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Storing-and-Preparing-Expressed-Breast-Milk.aspx
  3. ABM Protocol. Breastfeeding Medicine. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2010 ©Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. DOI: 10.1089/bfm.2010.9988

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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