Plastic Baby Bottles

September 16, 2008 11:32:58 AM PDT
A new study suggests a link between BPA -- a chemical used in plastic baby bottles, food cans and other products -- and possible risks for heart disease and diabetes. The two Dartmouth College analysts who conducted the study say the results "deserve scientific follow-up." With concerns on the rise about the chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA, parents need to be aware of other options.

Lisa Amster worries about using plastic bottles to feed her baby, Josh: "It's a horrible thing if a parent feels concern about something they're giving to their child."

Consumer Reports' Medical Adviser, Dr. Orly Avitzur, says newer studies suggest health risks for children from BPA: "Based on the latest laboratory research, the National Institutes of Health has discovered that BPA exposure during development may affect the brain, the prostate, and may cause other health problems."

Consumer Reports says Bisphenol A is found in many kinds of containers, including baby bottles made of polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is a hard, translucent plastic. It can be clear like this or colored. Containers made of polycarbonate may have a recycling code on the bottom. If so, it will be the number seven. Some stores and web sites now sell plastic bottles labeled "without BPA," or "Bisphenol-A free."

Consumer Reports used an outside lab that specializes in plastic analysis to run tests on several of these bottles and found that BPA levels are negligible. Consumer Reports says these are better choices if you want to use plastic bottles and limit your baby's exposure to BPA:

• BornFree
• Evenflo Classic without BPA Custom Flow
• Medela Breast Milk Feeding and Storage Set
• Nuby Non-Drip by Luv n'care
• MAM Silk-Touch Nipple Anti-Colic Valve by Sassy, Inc.



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