BPA-Free Bottles

Avent BPA Free BottleYou may have read, or heard, about BPA in babies’ bottles as a potential health hazard.  So you will want to know what it is and what it means.

BPA is the abbreviation of Bisphenol-A, which is a substance included in things made from polycarbonate – a plastic from which many babies’ bottles are made.

The concern arises from a report from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) based on animal studies and was inconclusive as far as effects on humans were concerned.  It did say that it was not a concern in a number of areas, but that more research was needed in others.  You can read more about it HERE.

Of course, the BPA cannot do any harm at all while it is inside the bottle material – the concern is if it migrates out of the plastic into the milk or formula.  And it is considered more likely that small amounts will leach out if the bottle is heated to very high temperature, such as in a sterilizer or microwave.

So what should you do? Well the study was not conclusive and polycarbonate bottles have been around for a while, so there is an argument that you do not need to worry about it. But if you are concerned that it “could” have health or developmental implications for your baby, then you owe it to your peace of mind to take action, such as:

  • Use a baby bottle warmer that does not subject the bottle to high temperatures as, for example, when a microwave is used, and do not use a high temperature sterilizer for bottles containing BPA
  • Buy glass or BPA-free bottles, and these are available from all major suppliers and below are what we consider to be the best choices.