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Friday, June 11, 2010

BPA free feeding bottle

Jalan2 dekat Parkson, The mall hari tu terjumpa dengan botol2 ni...sangat comel..tgk ada label BPA free terus beli satu...hmmm..boring asek tengok botol Avent tu..(eh, anak punya botol susu, mak pulak yg lebih2)...So mommies, sape yg nak beli botol susu BPA Free, boleh la beli Baby Kiko punya botol ni..Selain daripada design yg comel2, harga pon amat tak perlu lagi membuang duit beli botol BPA Free yg mahal2 macam Avent , MAM, Tommee Tippe etc..

*sedikit info bagi sapa2 yg tak tahu pasal BPA ni

Harmful Effects of Bisphenol-a in Children
BPA is considered by environmental scientists to be a "endocrine disruptor." Studies have shown that the unstable BPA bond will allow the chemical to leach into food or beverages in contact with the plastic during normal, everyday use. In a recent study, BPA leaching was highest when baby bottles and reusable plastic water bottles were exposed to high heat, such as when in boiling or sterilizing.
A review completed by the Center for Health Environment and Justice called "Report on Public Health Concerns - Phthalates and Bisphenol A" discusses exactly why we should be removing bisphenol-a from our children's bottles, sippy cups and personal care products. The report states, "Children are particularly vulnerable to the effect of chemicals in their environment mainly because they face greater exposures due to their size and behaviors, and because they are more sensitive as a result of their ongoing development. Infants and young children have structural and functional characteristics that while common to their normal growth and development may actually increase their vulnerability to chemicals."
Researchers have also suggested that even low levels of estrogen-mimicking BPA may be harmful to people. Bisphenol-A may cause adverse health effects, such as:
Increase in obesity and diabetes
Interference with the normal development of unborn babies
Stimulation of mammary gland development, which is a risk factor for breast cancer
Early onset of puberty, and stimulation of mammary gland development in females
Changes in gender-specific behavior
Changes in hormones, including decreased testosterone
Increased prostate size
Decreased sperm production
Altered immune function
Behavioral effects including hyperactivity, increased aggressiveness, impaired learning and other changes in behavior

Tips for Avoiding BPA
As a parent, there are simple ways to reduce your baby's risk of exposure to bisphenol-a. Here are some tips to help you get started making preventative changes:
Avoid baby products made of polycarbonate plastic. An easy way to identify polycarbonate is to look for hard, shiny, clear plastic. Choose non-toxic baby feeding gear made of polyethylene, polypropylene (recycling symbol #'s 1, 2, 4 or 5), polyamide (PA), polyethersulfone (PES), bamboo, glass or stainless steel. You can find a very helpful BPA Free Bottle and Sippy Cup Cheat Sheets at the links below.
Read the recycling numbers. If unlabeled, call the manufacturer to ask about the plastic used. Try to avoid #3 PVC, #6 PS, and #7 polycarbonate. Not all #7 plastic contain bisphenol-a. You can read more about this confusing subject in the link below, "Are all #7 Plastics Toxic?"
Choose fresh, frozen and dried foods over those that are canned. Many metal cans and baby food jars are lined with plastic containing bisphenol-a.

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