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FDA Bans Chemical from Infant Bottles and Cups

The FDA has officially banned bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles and sippy cups, which should help ease parents' worries about the controversial chemical.

Photo of man giving baby a bottle

BPA is commonly found in plastic food storage containers, as well as in the lining of tin cans. For several years, BPA has been the target of consumer advocate agencies, which say that the chemical leaches into food, disrupting hormones and causing unhealthy changes in the body.

Even though some canned food manufacturers have voluntarily removed BPA from their products, BPA is still considered legal and safe by both the FDA and the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

What led to action

It was a recommendation from the ACC that prompted the FDA's action to ban the substance from baby bottles and sippy cups.

In a statement to the press, the ACC noted that "manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups announced several years ago that due to consumer preference they had stopped using BPA in these products." But confusion continued to spark political wrangling on the issue.TEXT

In July, the FDA followed the ACC's recommendation, banning all BPA-containing resins in baby bottles, sippy cups, their closures, and lids.

Advocates like Sarah Janssen, M.D., a senior scientist with the National Resources Defense Council, continue to push for the removal of BPA from all food packaging.

"This is only a baby step in the fight to eradicate BPA," Dr. Janssen says.

Always talk with your health care provider to find out more information.

Online Resources

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FDA - Bisphenol A (BPA): Use in Food Contact Application

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - Since You Asked - Bisphenol A (BPA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Bisphenol A (BPA) Information for Parents

September 2012

Bottle-Feeding Your Baby

If you can, it's best to breastfeed your infant for the first three to four weeks after birth. After that, if you need to return to work or aren't around for every feeding, you'll need to give your baby a bottle.

Here are helpful hints when giving a bottle:

  • Breast milk is best for your baby and is beneficial even if you only nurse for a short amount of time or part-time.

  • Wait until breastfeeding is well established - usually by 3 to 4 weeks of age - before you introduce a bottle.

  • How you introduce the bottle in preparation for returning to work may depend on the length of your maternity leave. If you must return to work within four to eight weeks of giving birth, start by adding a bottle of your expressed milk about one or two weeks beforehand.

  • Your baby may not take a bottle from you. You may need to have your partner or someone else give your baby the bottle. This will also help your baby adjust to someone other than you providing the feedings.

  • You can use a breast pump on break time at work and refrigerate or freeze the milk for later use as a bottle-feeding. Refrigerated breast milk should be used within 24 hours after pumping. Frozen breast milk is good for several months in the freezer. Fathers and other family members can be involved in feeding time if breast milk is offered from a bottle.

  • Offer cow's milk-based formula with iron as first choice of formula if you aren't breastfeeding.

Always talk with your health care provider to find out more information.

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