HOW TO IDENTIFY AND USE FEEDING BOTTLES:
The Health Ministry is distributing pamphlets on how to identify polycarbonate baby-feeding bottles containing Bisphenol A (BPA) and guides on how to use BPA-free polycarbonate bottles. Listed below are some of the ways to identify polycarbonate baby feeding bottles;
- A polycarbonate feeding bottle is hard and transparent,
- It can be identified through the plastic classification codes found on the bottom of the bottle as follows:
- (a) Number 7
- (b) Number 7 and PC
- (c) Number 7 and others
BPA-free bottles are usually labelled as “BPA-free”.
Listed below is the guide on BPA bottle usage:
- Sterilise the bottle following the instructions on the label or those provided by the manufacturer. If none, the bottle should be submerged in boiling water for five to 10 minutes.
- Avoid pouring hot water directly into the bottle when preparing milk.
- Use appropriate cleaning utensils, such as a soft sponge and brush, to avoid scratching the surface of the bottle.
- Check the inner surface of the bottle regularly. Replace if scratches are found or the feeding bottle is spoilt. Feeding bottles, even those without scratches, should be changed every six months.
- There are several alternative baby feeding bottles in the market made from polypropylene, polyethersulfone, polyyamides as well as glass.