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In the news: chemical found in plastic bottles linked to health problems

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madmarriedNika Tue 16-Sep-08 22:27:35

Read this today and am a bit alarmed!:
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-wellbeing/health-news/health-risks-linked-to-plastic-bot tles-932711.html

What can we use in place of plastic bottles or cups? Does anyone know of good melamine cups suitable for young toddlers/older babies?
My DS, who's 3, still drops cups often so was still using plastic ones for him even...but now worried about it! plus I dread to think what putting them in the microwave filled with milk etc. does with the chemicals <<keeps meaning to heat milk in glass jug but forgets when DD yells at 3am>>...

All thoughts appreciated!

maygirl Tue 16-Sep-08 22:58:46

I like the small SIGG water bottle for out and about, doidy cup, china or small glass at home. I think SIGG might do feeder cups, but got my bottle cheap at TK maxx!
Royal Doulton sells gorgeous 2 handled melamine and china mugs that are easy to keep a good grip on, and lovely to keep in the family!

Liz79 Wed 17-Sep-08 20:34:23

I wonder if its bottle feeding or formula feeding then which increases non-bf babies chance of heart disease and diabetes.

lazyhen Wed 17-Sep-08 20:43:13

But the article says that there is no established link... and that this chemical is so common that it's difficult to avoid.

Personally I'd be more concerned about DD breaking china and hurting herself on that than a chemical which may or may not be present, and may or may not cause long term health problems which (like Liz79) says ocould come from the contents of the bottles.

Feeding expressed milk from bottles with that chemical - I'd be interested to see that study.

cheesesarnie Wed 17-Sep-08 20:48:31

this keeps coming up as new news-people get alarmed but then it dies down again.grinsearch the mn threads.

madmarriedNika Wed 17-Sep-08 20:56:11

Since posting I now realise this is not new news... But anyhow I checked out a few things- apparently most of the tommee tippee range of cups are bisphenol free- except (ironically) their closer to nature bottles.
Personally I've used the simple hard-spouted tommee tippee cups since both were 4 or 5 months old so it's a relief to know they're ok. And for those using bottles there's a range called "Born Free" that do bisphenol free bottles, and sippy cups/trainer cups too. "B Free" bottles are also bisphenol free, but not sure if you can buy these anymore- maybe superseded by Dr Browns (which do have bisphenol in).

Incidentally have also read a few scary things about melamine...

Having a child who is already subjected to nasties I'd hoped to have avoided (through her meds- especially pthalates & aspartame) I'm hoping to cut down any others ^just in case^, and she does love her sippy cups...(but was BF til 13 months)

shubiedoo Wed 17-Sep-08 21:09:06

I live in Canada and the government has announced these bottles are a health hazard. Shops will take them back for a full refund. It's only a matter of time before other countries do the same.
That said, I think the risk is greater when you heat the plastic, and ds2 is beyond that, he just drinks milk cold from a sippy cup.

fledtoscotland Wed 17-Sep-08 21:27:38

as cheesesarnie says, this health concern raises its head on a fairly regular basis. with ds1 we used mam bottles as they are bisphenol free

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