The scare on Bisphenol A has got me thankful once again for my decision to breastfeed our boys. It’s no surprise to me that plastics have the potential to contain harmful chemicals, but I know we don’t usually suspect it to be in something that our kids come into such close contact with. I suppose I have a faith that people are looking out for the well being of my children even if they aren’t looking out for me. Studies are now showing that BPA is a hormone disruptor and is found in some plastics containing the recycling number 7, apparently that includes a lot of baby bottles. What’s creepy to me is that the sippy cups I have in my house don’t even have a recycling logo on them, so I don’t know if they contain BPA or not. Of course I’m airing on the side of caution and giving them the boot. I found some sippy cups at Superstore that are made of polypropylene (number 5 recycling logo), which is apparently does not contain harmful chemicals and is safe. Hopefully they don’t discover something deadly in PP plastics next!
By the way, just because something is labeled with a seven doesn’t mean it contains BPA, but it might. Nalgene bottles do (so I’m reading). Plastics labeled with a seven are a mish-mash of different things that just don’t fit into any other category of plastic. You can read more about labeling here.