Valerie Gommon Midwife’s Blog

Harmful chemicals in babies’ bottles

Posted on: April 29, 2009

Another reason to consider breastfeeding?

Six baby bottle manufacturers in the US are to remove Bisphenol A (BPA) from their products due to consumer demand.  However, these bottles will continue to be sold in the UK.

BPA is an endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC), which means that it can act like oestrogen in our bodies.  In studies with mice, it has been shown that BPA can cause damage to DNA.  Ana Soto, professor of cell biology at Tufts University medical school in the US told BBC News Online:

“We’ve already found evidence that BPA can damage the mammary, the uterus and the male genital tract in lab animals.

“This research shows it alters reproductive cells both in foetuses and in adult animals.”

The problem with BPA leaching into the contents of the container (BPA is used in water drinking bottles too) occurs when the container is heated or the plastic becomes scratched and old.

Belinda Phipps, chief executive of the National Childbirth Trust, said: “It’s time the companies in the UK followed suit with what the companies in America and Canada are doing. We shouldn’t have bottles on the market that leach BPA. Parents would like to choose not to have BPA in their babies’ feeds and they don’t find that choice easy right now.”

The current advice for mothers is not to heat milk in the microwave in the baby’s bottle and do not pour in boiling liquid straight into the bottle – let it cool down first.  You can also contact the manufacturer of your baby’s bottle and ask about BPA.  If there is enough pressure from parents in this country, hopefully BPA will be banned here too.

This item was written by Nikki Mattie from and

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