What exactly is BPA?
BPA is the abbreviation for the ingredient Bisphenol-A. A chemical compound used to line the inside of various food containers and possibly the baby bottle you are using to nourish your little one. It is the building block for polycarbonate plastic and also used in the manufacturing of epoxy resins and other plastics.
What are possible affects of BPA?
I’m not a scientist or doctor but what I have gathered from my own personal research it can interfere with normal physical and behavioral development. BPA acts as an environmental estrogen and once it has been ingested it can disrupt normal hormone functions. The dangers of it can be more pronounced in children since they are still growing and developing at a fast pace. The effects of BPA on adults are less in comparison since our bodies and brains are already mature.
How is it ingested?
Bisphenol-A can leach into food from the protective coating of can foods, plastic baby bottles, and other consumer products by breaking down over time or from exposure to heat.
I have read several conflicting reports that claim there is no real danger from BPA and the amount that is leached into food is so small that there is no real concern. They state BPA has been used for years and is tested to be safe.
My job as a parent is to protect my children from any dangers that I can. I’m not taking any chances with their health and development. I am going to avoid products that I know contain BPA by avoiding plastic containers showing the number 7 and switching to glass containers or BPA free plastics.
Ive listed below some baby bottles that claim to be BPA free.
Wee*Go Glass Bottle by BabyLife
Green to Grow Baby Bottles
Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Standard Glass Bottles
Medela Baby Bottles
Playtex Drop-Ins Bottles
Evenflo Classic Glass Nurser Bottle
Gerber Clear View and Fashion Tints Nursers