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5/24/07

Report: Baby Bottles Leaking Toxins

With a one year old daughter and another baby on the way,  Bobbi Mathis is always trying to do what's best for her children.

"We're definitely going to try the breast feeding thing again.  It was just, it did not work out. Madison had formula in the hospital, and she didn't want anything to do with it," says Mathis.

She was understandably worried when we told her the bottles little Madison was just weaned from were among those found to be leaking a toxic chemical known to cause harm in laboratory animals.

"It's scary. I've never heard of that," says Mathis.

The study looked at Avent, Dr. Brown's, Evenflo, Platex and Gerber bottles made of shatterproof poly carbonate plastics. All were found to be leaching Bisphenol-A or BPA's.  It's a chemical that mimics estrogen and is also found in the lining of food cans, some anti-cavity sealants for teeth, and electronics.

Some scientists say BPA's can lead to breast and prostate cancer, but the FDA maintains BPA's are safe for consumer use.

Since the results were released there's been a spike in glass baby bottle sales nationwide; particularly on the internet.  

Dr. Melanie Wick with Trinity Clinic in Tyler says those aren't entirely safe either.

"They can drop and break; certainly when you're using a bottle that's plastic, that's not a concern," says Wick.

Dr. Wick says the medical community has never recommended any type of bottles; glass or plastic.

"That said, the American Academy of Pediatrics does recommend breast feeding over bottle feeding of any kind and certainly, with that, there wouldn't be any concern of any kind of exposure to any of these things," says Wick.

But even breastfeeding mothers frequently use bottles, so if you're concerned, like Bobbi was, research your baby's bottle to find out exactly what it's made of. Then, talk to your pediatrician about your concerns.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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