For many decades, moms have used bottles made of glass for their children. They were washed along with other dishes, sterilized, dried, and then used again. If a glass bottle, by the way, does not fall out of hand and breaks into millions of pieces, it served perfectly for the second or third child. Then came the plastic. A tremendous help to exhausted moms. Plastic bottles are cheaper, easy to maintain, and can not easily break. Thus, the glass had fallen into oblivion, and our lives became covered with a plastic that was piling up and piled up until one day, we realized – it was too much. Will the plastic come to our heads?
The notorious BPA or Bisphenol A
Over the past twenty years, many kinds of research have suggested that plastics contain dangerous and cancerogenic elements that can contaminate food and jeopardize human health. Of course, the biggest concern is about baby feeding and the danger that toxic ingredients can enter the baby’s formula.
The more significant part of cans, plastic containers, and baby bottles are made of polycarbonate, containing Bisphenol A (BPA). The role of this substance is that it gives firmness, prevents the cans from cracking and bacteria to attack the food.
Unfortunately, animal studies have shown that BPA can lead to severe consequences for the reproductive system, cardiovascular system, brain development in early puberty as well as severe carcinogenic cases in the body. Scientists believe that it has the same destructive effect on people as well.
Therefore, in 2012, the FDA banned the use of Bisphenol A in the baby bottles’ manufacturing.
How safe are new plastic bottles?
After banning the use of BPA, it can be said that it is reasonably safe to use plastic again. Today, moms have the choice of plastics, plastic with disposal liners or glass. Brittleness is the biggest problem of glass, but many manufacturers make silicone coverings around the bottles, to save it from crashing.
What should you know if you vote for plastic?
- Bottles labeled with # 7 and the letters “PC” contain Bisphenol A, so don’t buy them. Instead, labels # 1, 2, 4 or 5 are harmless and should be searched on the shelves of the shop.
- Avoid using old ones inherited from older children or relatives. Since polycarbonate has been banished from use in 2012, it is possible that old bottles still got it.
- Do not store your breastmilk in plastic for later use, but put it in the bottle immediately before a baby is ready for eating.
- Do not heat up and boil plastic with PC or # 7 tags
- Never warm them in a microwave
- Remove all bottles with even the smallest cracks
You can always turn to old-fashioned glass. Maybe it’s not so practical, but it’s safer. Disposable plastic is a good solution, but these baby-feeding products can be costly, as you will throw them away after each feed. Whatever you decide, read all the labels carefully, stay informed about the content, and keep the dishes properly clean, especially those for the youngest members of the family.