Plastic/ BPA Breast Pump and Bottles

Updated on April 11, 2008
J.O. asks from West New York, NJ
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I saw on the today show that there are some plastics when put in the microwave or dishwasher may release toxins. I didn't see the whole segment, but I pump my breast milk, and the pump is plastic as are the bottles. I didn't see a "number" on the bottles, which they suggested looking for on this segment.
Does anyone have more information on this?
I feel like I only have a little bit of info on this.

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Thanks so much for all the info on BPA and plastics.
I will not put bottles in the dishwasher anymore and I'll be sure to look at the other plastics in my house that I use for myself and my hubby.
I use avent isis breast pump and bottles and the website said they are safe...but I'm going to be sure and only hand wash them from now on.
Hopefully this is precautions enough.

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answers from New York on

The pump and bottle advice you've gotten has been good...just wanted to expand on the plastics info in case people missed it. The plastic types to avoid are #3, #6, and #7.

#3, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) has adipates and phythalates to soften it, which leach into foods, especially fatty foods and alcoholic beverages. Use Glad cling Wrap, which has no PVCs, don't trust deli cling wrap - don't use the parts of the meat that touch the plastic.

#6 is Polystyrene (PS), and is a hormone disruptor and possible carcinogen. This is your average every-day foam used for hot cups, fast-food plates, and cheap plastic cutlery. Eating hot food off of foam or microwaving foam is especially unsafe. Ironic that we use these products all the time with hot food because they are such good insulators!

#7 is Polycarbonate. This is where we have to watch baby bottles - almost 95% of the baby bottles on the market are polycarbonate! Many baby bottles, 5-gallon waterbottles, some microwave ovenware, and the lining of cannned foods can all contain this. Polycarbonate bottles are made with bisphenol-A (BPA) wheich has been shown to alter hormone function and chromosome alignment. Evenflo makes plastic bottles from the safer #4 LDPE plastic, and there are glass bottles available. It is imporant never to microwave or dishwasher-wash any plastic bottles, even those that say they are dishwasher safe. High temperatures can cause bosphenol-A to leach. Also a good reason to avoid canned foods as much as possible and use fresh or frozen, instead!

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answers from Albany on

Mary K is correct.

You do not need to worry about the plastic in your breast pump, those parts are never microwaved or ran through the dishwasher, so they are fine.

If I had to do it all over again I'd probably invest in glass bottles and handwash any plastics.


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answers from New York on

Nuby, Advent and Dr browns all make BPA free bottles and sippy cups, Also glass bottles are good,
And NOT microwaving plastics is always safe.
try heating in a bowl of warm water instead.


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answers from New York on

If you use a medela breast pump...go to the website. They say all thier pump accessories are BPA free. I have been using these to store milk as well, and feel completely comfortable with this brand. Born Free, and I believe Playtex now make a BPA free bottle, and have similar sippy cups. You can always use glass, however you cannot store pumped breast milk in glass.
Also, you should not microwave anything in plastic.

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