BPA is now found in womens breast milk, in the baby bottles we feed our infants and in the baby formula container liners. Are you concerned about decisions between plastic, glass or breast for your baby? Have you been listening to and reading all kinds of information about plastic BPA free baby bottles? Are you getting advice about glass baby bottles? How about your friends, have they chimed in on what is best for your infant?
Confused, frustrated? Lets clear that up.
In the last few years plastic baby bottles have been a subject of interest due to the additive BPA. BPA is short for Bisphenol A. BPA is a chemical used in the manufacturing of certain plastics and resins. BPA has been classified as endocrine disruptor which can alter your bodies hormones. BPA made its appearance in the 1960′s. New moms loved the convience of plastic baby bottles. Letting go of the glass baby bottle meant no more accidental breakage and worrying someone would get hurt. The new baby bottle meant your child could feed himself easier and earlier.
The National Toxicology Program at the Department of Health and Human Services decided it has “some concern” about the possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. The Food and Drug Administration has voiced concern and is also taking steps to reduce human exposure to BPA in the food supply by searching and finding alternatives to BPA in food containers and baby bottles. This way encouraging baby manufacturers to make baby containers and bottles bpa free.
MayoClinic states that the benefits of breastmilk is well documented making this the optimal food for babies. I happen to agree. Unfortunately that doesn’t take away the secreted BPA through breastmilk. The only way to not have it in breastmilk, is to not ingest it. What that means for you, is don’t eat canned foods with BPA in the liner, no cooking with plastic in the microwave, don’t use any plastic with a 7 on the bottom. Trade in your plastic water bottle or aluminium bottle for a stainless or a bottle with no BPA on the label. It means being careful about the containers your food comes in. It’s an extra step but well worth the investment in your health and your child’s health.
Not everyone has the option to breastfeed so lets look to the next best thing.
Since the FDA got behind the motion to find safer sources of food storage, the baby bottle industry has been utilizing better baby bottle technology. The public has spoken and made an impression so economical lines such as Evenflo and Playtex all the way up to Browns and Avent bottles have created plastic BPA free bottles. What are the best baby bottles? That is going to be personal choice. There are so many to choose from. My suggestion is to try out the “one bottle package” of each bottle company you are interested in. Then invest in more baby bottles of your choice. Most stores carry this kind of trial package. If you can’t find what you want, contact the company via their website and ask them if they send out a trial one or where can you buy one.
Now this leaves us with the trusted glass baby bottle. I was fed with a glass baby bottle. I like the idea of glass. You don’t have to worry about BPA or any another additive in the manufacturing process. You don’t have to worry about chemicals leaching into the milk when heated up. They offer rubberized covers/holders so babies have something to grip and the baby bottle won’t be as slippery. Can it break, sure it can. My point of view is the risk is worth it when plastics have such a concern surrounding them. I have seen them in Whole Foods Market as well as online.
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