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Avent Bottles...Are the Rumors True??

Okay...I don't know if this is true or not, but my husband said he heard that the Avent bottles emit some sort of harmful chemical when washed too many times. Of course, what am I feeding my child with---Avent brand bottles. Yikes! I don't know if he's trying to pull a fast one on me, but I'm a little worried!! I don't want to poison my baby!! Has anyone else heard about this? Thanks for the help!

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We also used Avent bottles, and both kids are fine. However, if I'd known then what I know now, I probably wouldn't have chanced it. I've heard the disposable bottles (with the drop-in liner) are a good option.

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As another poster mentioned, the BPA is an issue in plastic containers. It apparently is an issue especially if you wash them in the dishwasher as the heat causes them to breakdown and leach the bad chemicals even more. I disagree that our parents did much worse, although some of you all are much younger than myself, I remember my mother using glass baby bottles. Also, we also certainly didn't drink water from plastic water bottles - that's another issue - you should not leave those in the car, as the heat will also cause those plastics to leach the bad stuff. Also, note that this isn't new news, you can google and find this info even in 2003.
Here's a link to a more recent article on the topic (listing the Avent brand):

Certainly, there's still alot of debate over some of the studies, since some of them were based on mice and how does that translate to humans, but the reality is that they can't really do the appropriate scientific studies on humans, due to the risk. So, you have to use your own judgement.

I used Avent bottles with #1 and plan on using the same bottles with #2. There are rumours going around that just about anything can hurt you and yours kids lately. I know the one about microwaving them was proven false...

http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/cookplastic.asp This is probably just a variation of that.

If anything was proven, I have no doubt the FDA would be on it like a ton of bricks. But it is a personal choice. If you would be worried about it, then switch bottles. Maybe discuss it with your pediatrician to put your mind as ease.

We also used Avent bottles, and both kids are fine. However, if I'd known then what I know now, I probably wouldn't have chanced it. I've heard the disposable bottles (with the drop-in liner) are a good option.

The chemical is called BPA and it is in alot of plastic. I disagree with the previous post though. There is evidence that this chemical can cause all sorts of problems and I don't know about you but if I can prevent my child from being exposed to anything dangerous I will do it. Although the chemical is bad for us all, it is most detrimental to infants and toddlers. I used Avent bottles with my daughter but will not with my son (who is due soon). I ordered Born Free bottles that are BPA free. You can get them at Babies r us.com. You should also be aware that BPA is in canned goods, including canned liquid formula, so you should limit you use of these products with your baby. Also, don't use plastic in your microwave. Good Luck!

For the moms stating that they have used them and their children are fine...
I would just share a word of caution these chemicals in plastics are not linked to immediate health damage rather as they are in the body over time they can cause cancer. Cancer is now the leading cause of death in children ages 5-9 so I think we do need to look at reducing our kids exposure to these plastic toxins and others as well. I have done a lot of research in this area so I just thought I would share my 2 cents for what it is worth.

try snopes.com.... i'm sure it is on there...

He is talking about a chemical that is found in almost all hard plastic bottles, not just Avent. There is a lot of alarming research coming out, but please take it all with a grain of salt. Remember, our parents did much worse! Your baby will be fine, and until there is an actual recall, I wouldnt stress too much.

We used Avent bottles and sippy cups exclusively and our son has had no problems whatsoever. The study about the chemicals leaching out of plastic bottles has been proven false. We reuse our plastic bottles all the time, just make sure you wash them well!

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