It’s almost impossible to avoid using plastics for consumable items these days. We use plastic wrap, plastic bags, or plastic airtight containers to store leftover foods. We drink from plastic containers, use plastic plates or flatware. Unfortunately, there are so many studies that support how the carcinogen-inducing agents contained in plastics (petrochemicals, pthalates, bisphenol-A, free radicals) are detrimental to our health and can promote increased likelihood of diseases like cancer or Parkinson’s, to name a few.
So, why on earth would we want to introduce these chemicals to babies and children at such an impressionable young age. Their vulnerable systems are still under development and growth, and yet they can often be exposed to an onslaught of toxins just by bottle-feeding.
Don’t get me wrong. Although I’m a big proponent of exclusive breastfeeding the first 6 months, and up to the first year of a baby’s life, I know there will be times when I’ll want to use breastmilk in a bottle for feedings (like when Steve takes on the 5am feeding shift, or we leave baby with a sitter while we’re out for a couple of hours).
Fortunately, there is a healthy option. There is one company that makes baby bottles and drinking cups for kids that are free of Bisphenol-A: Born Free. Read about it here. There is no other brand of baby bottle that I will use, unless in the near future other companies develop similar products. Although they may be somewhat more expensive on the Born Free website, they are available on-line at Target and Amazon. Personally, I think a few extra bucks spent on a hazardous-chemical free bottle is completely worth the investment in the future of our baby.