May 1, 2008

BPA and Baby Bottles - Deadly Combo

I'm very pro breastfeeding but I realize that it doesn't work out for everyone. When I found this information about bottles, my fingers turned white from the clench and red swam before my eyes!

After years of concern about the safety of baby bottles, children's care products, and other food and beverage containers which contain the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), the verdict is in--and it's not good.

In the past few weeks the Canadian government announced it is planning to ban the use of BPA in baby bottles, and declared BPA dangerous.[1] And the Los Angeles Times reported that the U.S. based National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that there is "some concern" that babies, fetuses, and children are in danger because BPA harms animals at the low levels found in nearly all human bodies.[2] Sadly, a recent study found this chemical in all five leading brands of American baby bottles.

WHAT DOES BPA DO? Growing children are especially at risk to chemicals as they face greater exposure per pound of body weight. Even fetuses are susceptible as chemicals, including BPA, cross the placenta in pregnant women. Over 130 studies suggest that BPA exposure, even at low doses, is linked to many health problems, including early puberty, breast and prostate cancer, obesity, attention and hyperactivity disorder, brain damage, altered immune system, and lower sperm counts.[3]

This is a widespread issue which we need to address together. Recent reports found that all five leading brands of baby bottles leached BPA at levels found to cause harm in numerous laboratory studies.[4]

It is time for all parents to take action!

Great News! The voices of mothers are being heard. Last week Toys"R"Us, Babies"R"Us, and CVS announced they'll stop selling baby bottles which contain BPA, and Playtex committed to stop using BPA in all of their baby bottles by the year's end.

If you'd like to support this movement and help make the 20,000 signatures required, please follow this link: Moms Rising. Sign on now and we’ll send the petition to the CEOs of Avent, Disney/First Years, Dr. Brown’s, Evenflo, Gerber, and Playtex in collaboration with Center for Health, Environment, & Justice and other organizations.

Pssst - Don't forget Mother's Day - May 11th!!

1 comment:

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

This makes me so nervous...I was not able to nurse hence all 4 were bottle-fed...

Is there something I can do to detox them?

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