What is BPA?

Bisphenol A, commonly abbreviated as BPA, is an organic compound with two phenol functional groups. It is a difunctional building block of several important plastics and plastic additives.

Suspected of being hazardous to humans since the 1930s, concerns about the use of bisphenol A in consumer products were regularly reported in the news media in 2008 after several governments issued reports questioning its safety, and some retailers have removed products made of it from their shelves.

Recent reports suggest that the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in the plastics used to make many types of baby bottles could cause behavioral changes in babies or contribute to early onset of puberty in girls. Further study is needed on the exact effects of BPA in humans, but many parents are switching to BPA-free bottles just to be on the safe side.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) continues to make headlines, more than a year after the National Toxicology Program draft report. Many parents are still struggling to figure out which bottles and sippy cups are BPA-free, and whether or not the chemical is of great concern to them. The most recent research on BPA and baby indicates that it may be harder than you think to find a BPA-free bottle for you or baby, but also that finding those BPA-free products for the whole family may be more important than ever.

BPA Linked with Aggression in Toddler Girls
A study from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and Canada's Simon Fraser University shows that BPA's estrogen-mimicking tendencies may have far-reaching consequences. The study followed nearly 250 women throughout their pregnancies and then also evaluated their children. The women who showed the highest concentrations of BPA in their urine at 16 weeks pregnant had more aggressive, hyperactive daughters than those with lower concentrations of BPA. BPA exposure has been linked to neurological changes, diabetes and asthma, among other conditions, but previously much of the research focused on postnatal exposure. Past research has shown that prenatal exposure to BPA can affect the sex differences in mice, including affecting aggression among young females.

Even after hours of our own research on the internet, there are no conclusive facts confirming the danger of BPA. However, we are not taking any chances. We have since switched to MAM’s BPA free baby bottles for Keith.

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rvdavid said...

Damn... I'll be sure to check my daughter's bottles later when I leave the office. :/ So is BPA the standard in baby bottles today?

Jason Young said...

BPA is NOT a standard in baby bottles today. Need to check the label during purchase.

Six companies that have agreed to stop using BPA in baby bottles sold in the U.S. are:
• Gerber
• Avent America, Inc
• Evenflo Co.
• Disney First Years
• Dr. Brown
• Playtex Products, Inc.

The BornFree company, of course, has been selling BPA-free baby bottles for years.

However, some companies decided to stop selling BPA bottles to U.S. consumers, but continues to ship baby bottles made with BPA to other countries. Babies born in third world countries, it seems, must have a higher tolerance to toxic chemicals than American babies... yeah right!

rvdavid said...

Thanks mate, good to know - We got some bottles from our relos in America so those are cool. Actually, all of the bottles we're using now are purchased from America and sent over - heh so we should be ok.

Paranoia in me still has to check though. Keep in touch guys :)