Posted Friday --- December 28, 2007 --- 4:00pm
Glass or plastic? It's a question more and more parents are asking themselves when it comes to buying baby bottles. It's a concern that basically all boils down to a chemical used to make many plastic bottles. Some books and magazines have raised concerns that plastic bottles made with Bisphenol A may release toxins into bottles when they are warmed up.
When Lea Wolf opened the Happy Bambino three years ago she got requests for glass bottles. "It was a little harder to get them at that point," said Wolf.
Since then the demand has grown as parents concerned about Bisphenol A have searched for alternatives. "I think a lot of the concern there is with the heating of the bottles, that's what you do with baby bottles, you heat them up to feed the babies," Wolf explained.
Some argue when you heat up the plastic bottles toxins are released into the milk and when books and websites brought this to light, more parents took on the plastics verses glass debate. "The calls started coming fast and furious then. We were able to get ahold of a company then that had some glass bottles. We've been able to sporadically carry them here and there, but it's been sporadic because the company can't keep up with production because the demand is pretty hot and heavy," Wolf said.
However, Dr. Paul Dvorak has been a pediatrician for more than 30 years. As a Dean Health pediatrician he says he is not concerned about plastic bottles and he doesn't think parents should be either. "Common sense. Just use common sense. Most of them, mothers, nurse their babies and if they use bottles I suggest they buy the cheapest bottle they can find and keep it clean," said Dr. Dvorak.
He says there are so many other things to worry about as a parent and what kind of bottle to use should be low on the priority list. He also says parents are overwhelmed with information that changes rapidly so he says to rely on the advice of grandparents and if you have serious concerns talk to your pediatrician.
However, for some parents, having Bisphenol A free bottles gives them peace of mind. "A lot of parents are talking about it. I'm never going to say what someone should do, for us it's you've got to make the best decision for your family and do your own research and make good self informed decisions about health," said Wolf.
The Centers for Disease Control has released a report on that chemical Bisphenol A. It outlines the role of that chemical in tests with lab animals, but doesn't have scientific information on the effect the chemical may have on people.