i just came across this when asked by my fren, Sal about BPA bottle. i made a little reading on the worldwideweb and found these :-
Polycarbonates are a particular group of thermoplastic polymers, whose primary building block is bisphenol A (BPA), a hormone disrupter that releases into food and liquid and acts like estrogen. Research in Environmental Health Perspectives finds that BPA (leached from the lining of tin cans, dental sealants and polycarbonate bottles) can increase body weight of lab animals' offspring, as well as impact hormone levels. A more recent animal study suggests that even low-level exposure to BPA results in insulin resistance, which can lead to inflammation and heart disease. [source: wikipedia]and this chart!
BPA is found in polycarbonate plastic food containers often marked on the bottom with the letters "PC" recycling label #7. Not all #7 labeled products are polycarbonate but this is a reasonable guideline for a category of plastics to avoid. Polycarbonate plastics are rigid and transparent and used for sippy cups, baby bottles, food storage, and water bottles. Some polycarbonate water bottles are marketed as 'non-leaching' for minimizing plastic taste or odor, however there is still a possibility that trace amounts of BPA will migrate from these containers, particularly if used to heat liquid. [source: ewg.org]
Depending on whom you talk to, BPA is either perfectly safe or a dangerous health risk. The plastics industry says it is harmless, but a growing number of scientists are concluding, from some animal tests, that exposure to BPA in the womb raises the risk of certain cancers, hampers fertility and could contribute to childhood behavioral problems such as hyperactivity. [source: national geographic]
gosh i've been using avent products all this while [& the merapu2 botol since Hafiy said NO to bottle]!
for avent product:
Pumping Supplies: (disposable system)
Feeding Aids:Powder Formula Dispenser and Snack Cup
Cups: Magic Trainer Cup, Magic Super Sport Cup
Products Containing BPA
Bottles: Natural Feeding Bottle, Tempo Natural Feeding Nurser (liners are polyethylene, bottle polycarbonate)
Pumping Supplies: Isis iQ Twin Electronic Breast Pump, Isis iQ Single Electronic Breast Pump, Isis Manual Breast Pump
Pacifiers: Avent Translucent Pacifiers, Avent Freeflow Pacifiers, Avent Newborn Nighttime Pacifier, Avent Fashion Pacifiers, Latex Toddler Nighttime Pacifier, Avent Silicone Pacifiers
Feeding Aids: None
huyehhh.... and avent has this to explain: What is Bisphenol-A, and what are the issues surrounding BPA.
i really need other mommies opinion.. and practices [not enough time to make further research, busy with office job- good excuses]. huyehhh.