The Green Mommy has a great article on what BPA is, but in a nutshell it is the component found in many plastics that mimics estrogen in the body and disrupts various endocrine functions.
Children are most at risk, experts say. Children’s bodies remain immature, with underdeveloped detoxification mechanisms to protect them from BPA, as well as drugs. Their brains and other organ systems are constantly developing, undergoing periods of particular sensitivity to damage or disruption.
As more research continues on the subject of BPA exposure and health issues, the chemical is linked to a greater number of diseases. Here are just a few of those diseases and health issues:
There are so many parents who have done all of the necessary research for finding the BPA-free products, so instead of re-inventing the wheel, I will site some of them here. Thanks to my good friend, Sara, for getting the ball rolling for me!
Cookie’s online magazine this month featured an article called Safe Sippers. This is a great introduction to some of the most well-known products, from companies you can trust.
For an in-depth look at what you are currently using, and whether or not they are safe, as well as one of the most comprehensive directories of BPA-free baby feeding products, check out The Z Report: A Directory of Bisphenol-A In Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups. Make sure that you check out some of the other great articles on BPA at Z Recommends – There is some very valuable information available there!
Please, if you have any more info that you would like to share, or if you have questions that you would like answered, leave them in the comments here. I will do my best to help spread the word, or help find answers!