Have you heard of the latest concerns regarding the safety of polycarbonate plastic baby bottles? Independent studies (more than 130 of them!) show that polycarbonate plastics continually release bisphenol-A (BPA) into foods and liquids. So, what’s BPA? It was originally created in the 30’s as a synthetic hormone. Now it’s used as the basic building block for polycarbonate plastics. Trouble is that, “BPA exposure at very low doses is linked to a staggering number of health problems, including prostate and breast cancer, obesity, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, brain damage, altered immune system, lowered sperm counts, and early puberty.” Check out this link for more details on the studies and findings associated with BPA exposure: http://www.environmentcalifornia.org/environmental-health/stop-toxic-toys/bisphenol-a-overview.
BPA’s are probably a threat to us all, but they are certainly dangerous for young, developing babies. Accordingly, many parents are switching to ploycarbonate-free baby bottles, toys, and dishes. But, how do you know? Manufacturers don’t have to reveal what type of plastic they use. As a rule of thumb, however, polycarbonate plastic baby bottles are rigid, clear, and shiny; whereas, other plastic bottles are pliable, cloudy, or tinted. Sadly, most of your favorites are probably BPA-producers. Manufacturers are currently producing new alternatives such as Gerber’s Fashion Tints and Adiri’s Natural Nurser. Any glass bottle or bottles with a disposable liner should be safe. All bottles from Born Free or Medela are polycarbonate-free.