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What You Need to Know About Plastic Baby Bottles

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What's the Debate?


Most baby bottles are made with polycarbonate plastic, which includes a substance called bisphenol-A, or BPA. A small amount of BPA can "leach" from the walls of the bottle when it is heated, and end up in your baby's formula. A study conducted in 1998 at the University of Missouri, Columbia, showed an adverse effect in lab rats that ingested BPA. The study concluded that BPA could potentially disrupt important aspects of child development. Furthermore, a newer study conducted at Simon Fraser University, in British Columbia, indicated a link between BPA exposure in the womb and behavioral problems as toddlers.

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