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BPA and health concerns merge

I’ve been reading a lot about BPA in plastics. It started when Kathy created Safe Mama to keep track of things like BPA and toy recalls. My worries have steadily grown. I really need to find some safe bottles for the wee one. Right now, I have some Playtex bottles. I think they are called Aire or something like that. I’ll need to check. But they are plastic and it’s doubtful that they’re safe. I’ve only used the bottles 3 or 4 times and actually haven’t even heated the milk in them. Wee boy has had the milk at room temp and he eats just fine. But when I start back to work at the office part time, I’ll need to pump regularly and he’ll be eating from bottles a lot more frequently.

Now, add in more worries. I just read some more info over at Mommy Off the Record and she mentions that BPA can cause many health issues. One of them is diabetes. For the last 2-3 years, I have been drinking from Nalgene bottles. They are not BPA free. While I don’t drink hot liquids from the bottle, it’s still possible that I have had exposure to BPA all this time. My bloodwork from Wednesday indicates that at least one of my numbers is elevated. Which means I’ll probably have to go back to monitoring again. Could BPA exposure be a contributor? I’m not sure how I would even know that, or if I can find out. What I do know is I’ve regularly been screened for diabetes over the years and I’ve always been fine. Why now? I really don’t know. But I’m back to being scared and worried again. I don’t want to do this.

But I don’t have a choice, do I? I’ll find out more on Monday when I go to see the nurse practitioner.

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BPA and health concerns merge

I’ve been reading a lot about BPA in plastics. It started when Kathy created Safe Mama to keep track of things like BPA and toy recalls. My worries have steadily grown. I really need to find some safe bottles for the wee one. Right now, I have some Playtex bottles. I think they are called Aire or something like that. I’ll need to check. But they are plastic and it’s doubtful that they’re safe. I’ve only used the bottles 3 or 4 times and actually haven’t even heated the milk in them. Wee boy has had the milk at room temp and he eats just fine. But when I start back to work at the office part time, I’ll need to pump regularly and he’ll be eating from bottles a lot more frequently.

Now, add in more worries. I just read some more info over at Mommy Off the Record and she mentions that BPA can cause many health issues. One of them is diabetes. For the last 2-3 years, I have been drinking from Nalgene bottles. They are not BPA free. While I don’t drink hot liquids from the bottle, it’s still possible that I have had exposure to BPA all this time. My bloodwork from Wednesday indicates that at least one of my numbers is elevated. Which means I’ll probably have to go back to monitoring again. Could BPA exposure be a contributor? I’m not sure how I would even know that, or if I can find out. What I do know is I’ve regularly been screened for diabetes over the years and I’ve always been fine. Why now? I really don’t know. But I’m back to being scared and worried again. I don’t want to do this.

But I don’t have a choice, do I? I’ll find out more on Monday when I go to see the nurse practitioner. 

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