Every period of the day dedicated by parents to feed their babies is very crucial in the bond building process between child and parent, studies say. As such, professionals encourage parents to set aside time to fully focus on feeding their babies to enhance the quality of said bonding time.
It is important for breastfeeding mothers to work out a schedule or routine fit for both the baby and mother. On the other hand, formula-feeding parents, choosing what feeding bottle to use is a crucial factor.
Breastfeeding is an inexpensive feeding method with tons of psychological benefits for the baby’s wellbeing. However, non-breastfeeding mothers can also enhance the quality of their feeding time in different ways.
With this, Project greenify encourages you, mommies, to go green when it comes to leveling up your bottle feeding. While eco-friendly baby bottle alternatives protect the environment, they also do wonders for your baby’s health.
We will look closer into the details throughout this blog.
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The Benefits of Breastfeeding
Doctors strongly encourage expectant mothers to consider breastfeeding due to its numerous benefits. It is even recommended for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their baby for the first 6 months.
The benefits of breastfeeding range from health and nutrition of both mother and child, cost-saving reasons, to even emotional health reasons too.
- Health and nutrition – Babies that were breastfed were found to have better immunity against infections. Antibodies are actively passed from mother to the child via breastmilk, thus strengthening its immune system. Moreover, breastfed infants are better protected from asthma, obesity, and diabetes. Premature babies especially need breastmilk for reasons related to nutrition.
These health benefits extend to breastfeeding mothers as well. Breastfeeding helps mothers burn calories and shrink the uterus, speeding up the process of returning to their pre-pregnancy bodies. On top of this, they are at less risk for diseases such as diabetes, and breast cancer.
- Cost-saving – Breastmilk is free. This makes it a practical choice. The tradeoff to breastfeeding, however, are the challenges associated with it. The time commitment required as well as the comfort level of both the breastfeeding mother and her infant are some aspects to consider.
- Emotional health – Nursing a child involves some emotionally healthy skin-to-skin contact. This helps improve the emotional link between the mother and her child.
Which Is Better: Plastic or Glass Baby Bottles?
Both plastic bottles and glass bottles have their strengths and tradeoffs.
While we discussed the benefits of breastfeeding, we cannot deny how formula feeding is also a great alternative. With this, it is crucial to choose the best feeding bottle for your infant. Plastic and glass feeding bottles have their strengths and weaknesses. We will be comparing these two based on three standards: weight and breakability, safe use, and eco-friendliness.
- Weight and breakability – Clearly, plastic feeding bottles win this round. Due to the weight of glass feeding bottles, babies need to be a little older to be able to handle the bottle by themselves. Similarly, plastic material can withstand numerous drops compared to glass material. Broken glass is an added hazard to young children. While glass bottles cannot win plastics in this area, numerous manufacturers have upgraded the make of these glass feeding bottles to make them safer for use. Glass bottles nowadays are made with special tempered-type glass that is less breakable. When it does break, it breaks into small rounded glass grains instead of large shards, further reducing the hazard. They also come with a silicone sleeve to provide better grip and added protection.
- Safe use – When it comes to safe baby bottles, glass bottles may win the round. Glass bottles are made without the use of harmful chemicals such as bisphenol-A (BPA). Glass is also a nonporous material so unlike plastic, it does not absorb food and germs that may later contaminate the formula. Moreover, it does not deform or transfer chemicals when heated, a major downside to plastic bottles. Most plastic bottles manufactured recently are BPA-free making them safer to use compared to their older counterparts.
- Eco-friendliness – Yet again, glass bottles win this round. While they may be pricier than most plastic feeding bottles, considering the longevity of their use, they are worth the investment. One glass bottle is sure to serve more than just one child. On the other hand, plastic bottles tend to stain, discolor, pick up scratches and retain odor over time. For these reasons, they don’t last as long as glass bottles do. Moreover, upon disposal, plastic bottles contribute to the world’s plastic waste because they take hundreds of years to decompose. Glass on the other hand is recyclable, making it very much sustainable.
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Is Glass or Plastic More Eco-friendly?
Glass is more eco-friendly because of the longevity of its use and because it is a recyclable material.
Going back to the previous section, under the standard of eco-friendliness, glass material wins the round because it lasts long, reducing the need to repurchase. Furthermore, upon disposal, it is recyclable and therefore not harmful to the environment. Sustainability is best achieved through the use of this eco-friendly baby bottle.
Is Polypropylene Safe for Baby Bottles?
Manufacturers consider polypropylene, also known as “PP” or plastic #5, as a safe alternative to plastic bottles containing BPA (plastic #7).
While manufacturers guaranteed its safe use, a recent study found more about polypropylene. A 2020 study discovered that bottles made of polypropylene shed plastic particles into the liquid contained within them. These plastic particles are so small, they are microscopic. This makes them easily ingested by anyone who drinks off of the polypropylene-made container. This study, however, is yet to identify the possible health hazards resulting from the ingestion of said plastic particles. Until research does identify this aspect, professionals have recommended consumers to exercise caution when it comes to purchasing and using bottles containing polypropylene, especially for baby formula feeding.
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Is Silicone Safe for Baby Bottles?
Professionals consider silicone material used in baby bottles as safe, especially compared to plastic material.
Silicone does not scratch like plastic, is relatively chemical-free, and is considerably heat resistant. Unlike glass, it is not breakable and not heavy. Silicone bottles are also very easy to clean. The only downside to silicone baby bottles is the limited literature there is as to the safety of its use. So far, however, with the literature available on the internet, researchers consider silicone bottles ‘okay’ for infant use.
What Are BPA Free Feeding Bottles?
BPA-Free feeding bottles are still plastic-material bottles but they do not contain the harmful chemical BPA.
Instead of BPA, these bottles contain substitutes such as the previously discussed PP or plastic #5.
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