Bisphenol A or BPA, is widely used in plastic food and drink containers - including some baby bottles, but there is growing concern that it poses a health threat to young children and babies, possibly causing hormone problems.
Recent research carried out in the US states that bisphenol A - can cause potentially dangerous alterations to cardiac rhythm. This latest report is one of a long line of bad press for the controversial chemical that many believe is linked to early puberty, breast cancer, miscarriage and infertility.
In 2008 the Canadian Government banned the sale of baby bottles containing BPA. The scientists concluded that bisphenol A exposure to newborns and infants is below levels that cause effects; however still took the action to enhance the protection of infants and young children.
In Britain, the Food Standards Agency says the amount of BPA in plastic products is well below the levels considered harmful, and refused to ban the use of the chemical, much to the disappointment of The National Childbirth Trust and Friends of the Earth.
In addition, the EFSA decided that the dose of BPA consumed by a baby using a bottle is so low that it does not pose any health risk.
It said its expert panel has concluded that 'after exposure to BPA the human body rapidly metabolises and eliminates the substance.
If however, you are worried about exposing your baby to BPA then you can rest assured that Everyday Maternity only stock BPA free milk storage bottles. Lansinoh Milk Storage Bottles are made of polypropylene plastic which is a chemical additive-free, safer plastic for breastmilk storage. This type of plastic is BPA-free.
Lansinoh aim to provide the safest, purest products for breastfeeding mothers so until more is known about the effects of Bisphenol-A all their products are BPA free .
The Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump and Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bottles are made of 100% polypropylene, the preferred plastic for breastmilk storage as Lansinoh believes it makes sense to limit exposure to it.
So if you opt for other brands that are made with the chemical in question the current advice is not to pour boiling liquid directly into bottles and not to microwave them. They are also warned not to use scratched or worn bottles.