August 23, 2011
More Moms Seeking Safer Plastic Baby Bottles
(ARA) - Moms across the country are raising concerns and tossing away baby bottles after a recent report issued by an arm of the National Institutes for Health. The report indicated that bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical found in many plastic baby bottles, could pose health risks.
“There is some concern for neural and behavioral effects in fetuses, infants and children at current human exposures,” according to the National Institutes of Health’s National Toxicology Program. “The NTP also has some concern for bisphenol-A exposure in these populations, based on effects in the prostate gland, mammary gland and an earlier age for puberty in females.”
The Internet is buzzing with mom bloggers asking “Why take the risk?” and even lawmakers are paying close attention to the recent report. New York Senator Charles Schumer recently announced he will introduce legislation in the U.S. Senate to ban BPA products in the United States. In mid-April, the Canadian government issued a proposed ban on the chemical in baby bottles.
BPA is a chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic which is used to produce many baby bottles, sippy cups and other plastic water bottles. Consumers may be able tell if a plastic bottle contains polycarbonate by looking for the recycling code generally located on the bottom of the product. Recycling codes 1- 6 do not contain polycarbonate. If you see recycling code 7, which indicates the product is made of a combination of different plastics, it may contain polycarbonate and you should check with the product manufacturer to be sure.
There are several polycarbonate alternatives available. Retailers and manufacturers are reporting increased demand from consumers. “It was a conscious decision we made years ago to remain BPA-free while many suppliers were trying to sway us another way,” says Carolin Archibald, vice president, Medela breastfeeding division. “When your business is based on feeding babies then safety should always be your primary concern. That is why all of our breast milk bottles, storage containers and breastpump kits have always been and will always be BPA-free.”
Breastfeeding moms have even more to consider when it comes to BPA and feeding their babies. Public health studies show that more than 70 percent of mothers nationwide begin breastfeeding in the hospital and 93 percent purchase breastpumps. Moms concerned about BPA who are pumping must also consider the breastpump kit they use. When a mother pumps (so that breast milk can later be fed to her baby) the breast milk actually flows through several components before it is collected into a bottle or storage container.
“Breastfeeding moms have much to consider when they are going BPA-free. Many of the breastpump kit parts – the breast shield, connectors, valves, collection and storage containers – will all come in contact with their breast milk before it reaches their baby. Every part of a Medela breastpump or kit that comes in contact with breast milk is BPA-free. Unfortunately for mom, that is not true of all breastpump kits currently on the market,” notes Archibald.
Parents who want to learn more about health concerns related to BPA can visit the National Institutes of Health Web site http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov . For more information on BPA-free feeding products for baby parents can go to www.medelabpafree.com.
Courtesy of ARAcontent