What is the deal with glass bottles?

Jaime - posted on 10/27/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I just was looking at the bottles at Target, and they are selling glass bottles now, I think I heard something about plastic ones being bad somehow... I am currently breastfeeding, but occasionally give him bottles when we are on the road, or i am drinking. Should I go out and buy some glass bottles and throw out the plastic ones?

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Anushka - posted on 10/28/2009

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Plastic BPA free bottles are fine according to today's research available. However I also got glass bottles for my baby, because no one ever questioned the health issues of using glass. I was disappointed when I found out the Daycare would not use glass bottles.



So I ended up with a mix of glass and plastic. I used glass at home and set the palstic to day care with water at room temperature and formular to mix. I did not want them heating up hte milk in the plastic bottles. I figured if there were no temerature changes to the palstic bottles, there was a reduced chance of any plastic chemicals leaching into the liqud. it was the best I could do with the constraints at Daycare.

Nikki - posted on 10/28/2009

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bpa is in plastic its a toxin thts dangerous when heated but now there r more bpa free bottles than normal plastic with bpa in.

Erin - posted on 10/28/2009

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I am a total clutz! I drop everything! My glass bottles were not anything fancy. My son was in the hospital for 30 days after he was born and I had to pump put all my milk in the bottles and freeze them until he could auctally drink. The bottles lasted with no problems, after heating and droping (i never even chipped one!) and cleaning and boiling. Best way to go I think. I personally didnt like the little pouches for the inside, I always made a mess with those lol but I am a clutz!

Candi - posted on 10/28/2009

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Jaime I had originally bought "BPA-Free" bottles for my 6 week old for those odd times when she would have to receive breastmilk in a bottle and the ones I had bought were on the list as having trace amounts. I went right out and bought some Born Free!

Jaime - posted on 10/28/2009

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Quoting Candi:

Just for the record, not all plastic bottles that claim to be BPA free actually are! http://www.edmontonjournal.com/health/fr...


OMG that is sooo scarey, I was thinking that i was safe because all the bottles that i had and used  I bought about a year ago, so they would be ok, but the brand that i had is dr browns!   definately getting glass bottles!  Thanks for all your responses!!!

Jaime - posted on 10/28/2009

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I am in Wyoming, USA, hmmm, i wonder if they make some bottles that are stronger (shatterproof) than other brands...

Eleisha - posted on 10/28/2009

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Happy Baby (Australian Brand) is awesome and very cheap for glass bottle ($4.30) in Australia. Not sure where you are tho?

Courtney - posted on 10/28/2009

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I liked and used glass bottles myself as I felt that they sterilised better after my Avent ones scratched/melted after several months of use (I would boil my bottles to sterilise instead of a 'steriliser'-don't know if that made a difference to the length of time that the plastic ones lasted). Hope that helps!! Oh and so far they havn't broken and my little man is super rough on everything and likes to throw it around if I don't get to it in time :)

Eleisha - posted on 10/28/2009

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Quoting Jaime:

I did have the concerns about the glass breaking, but they make plastic sleeves for the bottles, doesn't that keep them from breaking?


 



Yes they make sleeves for glass bottles.  I pump milk for my daughter (she never latched ont the breast) and I have been using glass bottles since she was born (5 months ago).  and have never broken one.  When we go out I put the sleeve on just to be safe.  They are called "Siliskins" and an be brought on the internet (google "Siliskins").  They are quite expensive, but you only need one or two as they can be removed and used on the next bottle.

Jaime - posted on 10/28/2009

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I did have the concerns about the glass breaking, but they make plastic sleeves for the bottles, doesn't that keep them from breaking?

Amanda - posted on 10/28/2009

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I have use both glass and BPA Free plastic bottles but i got rid of my glass ones because they kept breaking when we would warm up our daughter's milk. I prefer the plastic ones and agree with Danielle that the playtex bottles are our favourite.

Danielle - posted on 10/28/2009

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i wouldnt personally buy glass bottles cause i have seen and heard of too many of them breaking. i would recomend the PLAYTEX AIRVENT bottle system b/c

1 reduces colic, gas and tummie aches

2 by the time my son was 3 months old i didnt have to burp him anymore cause of the system the air would go out the end of the bottle.

3 super easy to clean

the only bad thing about them is that the measurements dont stay on the sides of the bottle they rub off, but other then that they are awesome bottles



but if you wanted to go the metal route there is this company called organic kidz and they make thermo bottles(which are extremely handy for traveling!) and regular metal bottles in all kinds of colors and styles

Kristiana - posted on 10/28/2009

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Glass is inert and doesn’t chemically alter what is inside. Plastic bottles on the market now are all BPA-free but I still don't trust that they are truly safe. We use glass bottles and love them. If you are concerned about possible breakage there are silicone sleeves on the market that would cushion the bottle if dropped and provide a better grip as well.

Brandy - posted on 10/27/2009

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If your bottles are more than 1 1/2 years old they likely have BPA. The recall went out about then and they took all the plastic bottles off the market. All of the plastic bottles out now are BPA free as they can no longer sell bottles with BPA. It was a huge recall because every different company that sells bottles had to recall their products and there was a little while where there were only glass ones in the store until the BPA free bottles came in. I breastfed for 8 1/2 months then started using glass bottles as the recall was still going on when I weaned and I was worried about buying plastic. Personally, I love them. To me it doesn't seem like the plastic ones come as clean. And drop ins are a pain. With glass you just pour, heat and go then wash with your regular dishes. Plus they are better for the environment. But don't worry, if you do decide to go with plastic, the ones in stores now are safe.

Diana - posted on 10/27/2009

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I'd rather choose glass bottle. Even it's more expensive, I need glass bottle to help me wean the baby. The minute I know my baby can grab his own bottle and drink the milk by sitting on the chair I think it's time to change bottle into a glass with a straw.

Jodi - posted on 10/27/2009

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Definitely make sure the plastic bottles you have are ok.



Interesting though, they have gone back to the glass bottles my mother would have used for me, before plastic was used :) Its like going back to paper bags instead of using plastic ones. Who said progress was a good thing? Makes you think!

Maria - posted on 10/27/2009

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I was just curious if this has something to do with filling up the land fills, maybe? I heard the same thing about the water bottles and some of the water bottle manufacturers have made their water bottles biodegradable but a little lighter (and thinner). Just my personal opinion.

Geralyn - posted on 10/27/2009

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At one point, there were very few, if any, plastic bottles that were bpa-free, so glass bottles were desired. However, there are quite a few bpa-free plastic bottles now. Here is a link: http://www.bisphenolafree.org/ To be safe, just make sure that your plastic bottles are bpa-free.

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