OK, so this whole thing started when I read a water bottle label we had that said something like “please throw away when the bottle turns cloudy.” Now, I threw away a few of her older bottles when they started to turn a little discolored. I guess it’s important here to note that because I couldn’t produce enough milk, and Claire was early, we were having latch-on issues and she has been primarily formula-fed. Anywho, what exactly does it mean when bottles turn cloudy…? What does this mean for Baby?

The first thing I found out is that the reason why this particular water bottle had this warning label is because it wasn’t exactly BPA-free. I’m confident that most parents these days are aware of the possible risk that plastics with bisphenol A (BPA) may have on people, particularly infants. In 2008, the National Toxicology Program stated that there was cause for some concern in regards to BPA’s impact on children, especially infants. Regardless, the FDA expresses no anxiety towards these findings. Several states have taken matters into their own hands and have implemented laws prohibiting the sale of baby bottles containing BPA. So to get back to the original topic… the exact reason why this particular water bottle had to be thrown out when cloudy is: “Bottles with cloudy surfaces may release more BPA.”

The original report from the National Toxicology Program stated that they tested the top 6 baby bottle brands for BPA, and found “toxic” levels with each. Since then, these manufacturers have gone to supposedly BPA-free baby bottles. A more recent study in August 2009 that was published in The Vancouver Sun stated that after a very rigorous test that replicated “real-life conditions,” these BPA-free brands, particularly Dr. Brown’s, still contained trace amounts. The only brands that they stated that did not produce any BPA after this testing were Thinkbaby and BornFree.

So here’s some things that our family’s going to do to reduce our risk of BPA:

  • Try to stick to glass containers for storing our beverages
  • Not steralize Claire’s bottles before every use, but maybe switch to three times a week
  • Stick with our powdered formula
  • Throw away bottles when they turn cloudy, or begin to get scratched
  • Rinse bottles heavily right after every use, as to limit possible scratches from the bottle brush

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