Sunday, April 27, 2008

It's a baby bottle, it has to be safe, right?

My buddy Sherry brought up something about plastic baby bottles that reminded me of the choice I made not too long ago to switch to glass. At first I too wondered if it was really that big of a deal, but read on to see why we made the jump to safer bottles.

This article kicked me over the edge on the decision to switch bottles, as we had Avent ones before, and they topped the hazard list.

Here’s an excerpt from it:
Adverse Health Effects of Bisphenol A Include…
…early onset of puberty
…increase in aggression
…changes in response to painful or fear-provoking stimuli
…impaired learning and memory
…reversal of normal sex differences in the brain structure
…elimination of sex differences in behavior
…decreased maternal behavior
…impaired immune function
…breast cancer
…prostate disease and cancer
…sperm defects
…impaired female reproductive development

If that scary little list isn’t enough to convince a person that it’s a big deal to buy regular old plastic baby bottles anymore, then maybe this breaking news will: Walmart just announced this month that they are phasing out their hazardous plastic baby bottles by next year.

There are some great BPA and Phthalates-free plastic baby bottles out there like Born Free and Nurture Pure, but economically we thought it a better choice to just go with the evenflo glass ones (3 for about $10). Cadi does just fine with them, and they fit on the Medela pump, which is a bonus.

More info on the subject:

Here’s a recent article in Times about the issue as well. Times comes to the conclusion,” The obvious solution may seem to be, when in doubt, ban it. If there's a chance that bisphenol A hurts kids, then why run the risk?”

1 comment:

sherry said...

I'm blaming my Nalgene bottles for my weight gain. FYI ;)