What You Need to Know About BPA

Originally Posted On: March 26, 2015 By NaturalMomma

BPA – The Whole Story

Anyone who knows me knows that I was committed to a drug-free water birth. But sometimes life throws you a curve, and I ending up with full medical intervention, forceps and an episiotomy - so much for my dreams of controlling my baby’s birthday. Plus I had packed on almost 18 pounds during my pregnancy- oops!

Fortunately, my husband is a jewel and surprised me with a trip to my mom’s new home in Costa Rica. Mom couldn’t make the trip to see our son’s birth due to her health, so we would go to her, and what a great way to relax and start a new life together with my new baby, husband and mom in a tropical paradise!

I feel so proud my body has nourished this little person and I am dedicated to giving him all the best. That’s why I worried when my mom cautioned me about bottles made with BPA. So I looked this up on Google and here’s what I learned about BPA; If you’re traveling internationally, its good to know about BPA or bisphenol A, which was banned by the FDA in the manufacture of all baby bottles in the US. But bottles containing BPA can still be found in some countries that you may visit. Here’s what The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends:

  • Take precautionary methods to reduce BPA exposure in infants.
  • Avoid clear-plastic baby bottles or containers with the recycling number “7” and the letters “PC” embossed on them, as many may contain BPA.
  • Use certified BPA-Free plastic bottles
  • Choose bottles with the recycle symbols with the number “2” or “5” in them that do not contain BPA
  • Do not boil, microwave or place in the dishwasher polycarbonate bottles that may release BPA when heated.

For the bottled water industry and bottled water companies – it’s been a big issue. US firms have spent millions testing the leaching of BPA from plastic bottles into food and water and those tests show NON-DETECTABLE levels at 1 part per billion. 

Polycarbonate has long been approved for use by the FDA for beverage containers, and BPA is used to line the interior of just about every US product that comes in a can, from soup to soda, beer, vegetables and yes, baby formula. Cans require a liner to prevent rust or aluminum leaching from direct contact with your food, and BPA is used in the manufacture of the vast majority of these liners. But scientists do not agree if BPA can migrate from the bottle into food or water. Should you be worried? That is for you to decide.

Moms have been told to sterilize their baby bottles to kill bacteria. But some scientists say that boiling water can exacerbate the migration of BPA from polycarbonate bottles. So, to be super safe, reuse your bottled water bottles with “Sippy Nipple” baby nipple adaptor and fill with breast milk, formula, juice or water, then just toss out the bottle after use. Or you can go back to your heavy glass bottles and be safe too.

Now we can start our new life in paradise…worry free!