Are Dr. Brown's Baby Bottles by HandiCraft Safe to Use?

Are Dr. Brown's bottles by HandiCraft safe to use? I'm starting to get worried that I have contaminated my 9-month-old son. 

Gina Solomon responds:

Dr. Brown’s makes several types of bottles. The Handi-Craft Web site shows bottles made of glass, clear plastic (polycarbonate) and cloudy plastic (polypropylene). Glass is always a safe choice, and recyclable. On the other hand, polycarbonate plastic should be avoided. It is made from a chemical called bisphenol A (BPA), which is an endocrine disruptor that interferes with reproductive development and hormones. Dr. Brown's polypropylene bottles are made of the same plastic used to make many food storage containers. Polypropylene does not contain BPA and is a better choice than polycarbonate.

BPA has been associated with reproductive abnormalities in tests on animals; we don't have much data yet on whether BPA could be causing the same problem in humans. We do know that more than 90 percent of the general population carries residues of BPA in their bodies. We also know that a number of animal studies have found abnormalities at levels of exposure similar to what people have in their bodies today. Although we can’t say with certainty that BPA causes the same problems in humans as it does in laboratory animals, the weight of scientific evidence should prompt us to avoid BPA exposures whenever possible.   


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