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Kimberly Paden

 

Lactation Consultant
Women's Health Connection Coordinator

Should I be concerned about using baby bottles with BPA?

Answer: All parents want to give their newborn the safest start on life possible. That’s why many are concerned about BPA (bisphenol A), a chemical additive used to manufacture hard, clear plastic containers, including some baby bottles, sippy cups and water bottles. BPA has been used in manufacturing since the 1950’s and is commonly found in a wide variety of items including food and beverage containers, CDs and eyeglasses.

It is so common, the Centers for Disease Control estimate that 95 percent of the population carries measurable amounts of the chemical in their blood.

Some studies have linked BPA to prostate and breast cancers, diabetes, behavioral disorders and reproductive problems in laboratory animals. Although the Food and Drug Administration and product manufacturers are debating potential health risks, Canada recently became the first country to ban the use of BPA.

The best way for parents to reduce exposing their infant to BPA is to breastfeed and use only BPA-free plastic items or glass bottles for storing or feeding breast milk. The Women’s Health Connection Boutique sells only BPA-free products, including breast milk storage and feeding supplies. Also, avoid using plastic containers with the number “7” inside the recycling symbol. Instead, use plastics marked with “1,” “2,” “4” or “5” inside the recycling symbol.