Monday, November 20, 2006

With Apologies to Parents Who Don't Need One More Thing to Worry About

San Francisco is banning toys made of certain chemicals that may harm babies and children. The Chronicle article linked to raises all kinds of issues -- For instance, is there any acceptable level of exposure to a potential danger? Frustratingly, the Chron does not include a list of safe products, probably because nobody really knows what's safe and The Chron is scared to try. It's encouraging to read that some manufacturers are working on removing pthalates or bisphenol-A from their products. But with Filbertine arriving in just 10 weeks or so, these kinds of changes won't help me much.

I think I am going to find some glass bottles for pumping and storing breastmilk. The one part of this article that's the scariest is that one researcher says that infants drinking from some plastic bottles are getting a dose of these chemicals similar to that was shown to harm lab animals. Of course, this is for purely bottle-fed babies. I think it would be really interesting if it turns out that some of the benefits attributed to breastfeeding would turn out to be caused by NOT being exposed to the plastics used in bottles. After all, bottles are something that you wash and even sterilize frequently, which can cause chemicals to leach out of them. And babies are drinking a huge amount of liquid from them every day in proportion to their body weight, during probably the most developmentally sensitive period of their lives. Definitely something that merits more research, but just the kind of research that no one wants to fund.

5 comments:

Blogger said...

nice story pal

pregnant advice said...

nic story pal...

mamazilla said...

yikes. i have that little einsteins caterpillar teething ring pictured/mentioned in the story....

mamazilla said...

oh! ...and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! :)

Shana said...

Hmmmmm.... interesting thought about the differences between the health of breast and bottle fed children being possibly linked to the bottles themselves. I suppose the best way to tease out that variable would be to compare children fed exclusively from the breast and children fed pumped breastmilk.

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