May 9, 2008

Choosing Safer Formula for Your Baby

If you are feeding your baby formula, there's important news you need to know. It has been mainstream news that the chemical BPA in plastic baby bottles leaches into the bottle's contents, but were you aware that many infant formula containers also contain the toxic chemical? The proper selection of formula could help keep toxins out of your child's system.

Check out the Environmental Working Group's Guide to Baby Safe Bottles and Formula. This guide is an easy read with a wealth of information on safeguarding your baby from ingesting chemicals throughout the feeding process. Even if you're nursing, it's important to use a pump, storage system and bottles that are chemical free as well. Usually guides are laden with hard to interpret terminology and advice, but this one is foolproof. You'll learn why it's important to choose powdered formulas if you are unable to breastfeed, and you'll learn what type of water to use to mix your formula. This guide also directs you to the companies that are better choices for formula and points out those who are packaging their formula with dangerous BPA.

If you have a moment, please also take the time to email the companies listed on page two, (addresses and a form letter are provided), and ask them to stop lining their formula containers with BPA. Parents need to take action where our government is turning a blind eye. It's our responsibility to protect our children. As the saying goes, "It takes a village."

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