Why Are Baby Bottles BPA-Free?

Why Are Baby Bottles BPA-Free?


Why Are Baby Bottles BPA-Free?


You read on the baby bottle package that the plastic is BPA-free. What does that mean?

Plastic containers are a part of the family lifestyle. It makes it easier to store items, not to mention that it does not break or shatter like glass containers. But there is research that the plastic that we use can be unsafe. One chemical that helps harden plastics is Bisphenol A, or BPA.


What Does BPA Do?

BPA has a lot of uses, especially when it came to protecting containers. While it hardened plastic to make it more durable, it also protected the food people consumed by keeping bacteria out of it. Another feature is that is prevents rust.


Why is BPA Bad?

BPA mimics estrogen and can put your hormone levels off balance. Your baby is developing so much during the first years of their life, and BPA can affect that development in the brain, immune system, and reproductive system. Exposure to BPA can increase the risk of some cancers as well as other diseases such as diabetes and obesity. Some research shows that it can cause an early onset of puberty.


How Does BPA Get Inside the Body?

The BPA chemical can be ingested through the food or liquid that is in the container. While trace amounts leach in from general use, more BPA is released when the plastic is exposed to high temperatures, such as in a dishwasher or microwave.


Are Any Baby Bottles Made with BPA?

No. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed a ban on BPA in 2012 in all plastic products made for baby cups and bottles. Three years before that, six major manufacturers stopped using products with BPA in their baby goods. Not only are baby bottles and sippy cups BPA-free, but baby formula packaging stopped using BPA before it was banned by the FDA in 2013.


How Can I Reduce the Risk of Chemicals Like BPA?

Chemicals such as BPA can still leach into food and water. One way to reduce the exposure of these chemicals is to avoid putting any plastic container in the microwave. You can warm your baby's formula before putting it in a plastic bottle. Handwashing bottles and nipples can control the temperature as well as give you the opportunity to rinse it well. Also, never accept hand-me-down bottles if you are not sure if they are made with polycarbonate. If your baby bottle looks scratched or cracked, stop using it. Even if it is BPA-free, chemicals can still leach into your baby's formula with more ease when the bottle is worn out.