In earlier posts we’ve talked about what to feed your baby—but what about your infant?
Breastfeeding is the number one choice for at least the first six months, and is recommended by many doctors for the first year. But this is not always an option for mothers, and that’s when baby bottles come into play.
The bad news is that baby bottles, nipples and accessories may contain toxic chemicals such as bisphenol-A and phthalates that can leach into your baby’s milk.
So what to do?
First look for bottles that are not made from polycarbonates (#7 for recycling) and are BPA free. Bottles may also be made from PVC, one of the worst plastics around for environmental damage and health issues.
Ditch the rubber pacifiers and nipples—they can leak a chemical called nitrosamine, and also breakdown a lot faster. Choose silicon, it is a lot stronger and heat resistant. Always check for cracks and tears; bacteria love them!
Do not heat your milk in the bottles; dangerous chemicals are more likely to leach in. Now with the summer coming: If you forget your baby’s bottle in the car, let it cool down and change the milk. This applies to all drinks in plastic bottles too. Additionally, don’t freeze bottles of water for drinking.
Medela & Evenflo make bottles from safer plastics, if you can’t find these try contacting manufacturers to check what kind of plastic they use.