When shopping for baby products you’ll start to notice a lot of packaging says “BPA Free”. BPA is commonly found in plastics, the lining inside of can foods and formula, and receipt paper. Pregnant or not, BPA is not safe to ingest. Recently the FDA’s National Toxicology Program reported “recent studies provide reason for some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children”. New results from mouse studies show that prenatal exposure to BPA can result in low birth weight followed by overcompensating growth leading to obesity, which is indirectly related to early onset puberty. Studies also show a link between BPA exposure and breast cancer in girls. Even after these studies were presented, the FDA rejected a petition to ban BPA. Bottom line, avoid plastic and canned food products.
Ways to reduce BPA from your house while pregnant and once your little bean arrives:
- Avoid canned food products like veggies, soups, beans, and sauces. Try frozen vegetables that come in cardboard packages. If you don’t want to or can’t home make soup and freeze individual servings, look for premade soups and broths that also come in cardboard. While canned beans are so convenient, purchase dry beans and cook them accordingly – it’s much cheaper, too.
- Purchase items in glass whenever possible. Things like water, peanut butter, pickles, juice, and applesauce are all available in glass.
- When preparing for your baby’s arrival, look for bottles, feeding utensils, and pacifiers that are BPA free. These items are typically clearly labeled and commonly found. I chose to use glass bottles for both of my babies. I was warned about babies dropping or throwing a glass bottle, so I opted for a brand with a silicone cover that protects the glass bottle. I have yet to see a broken bottle in my house.