EWG’s Guide to Baby-Safe Bottles and Formula

EWG milk and guide. Breast milk is the best, but if you are breast-feeding or formula in a bottle, use this guide to feed your guide to parent training ….

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Nipple: Start with a clear silicone nipple.
Latex rubber nipples can cause allergic reactions and can contain impurities linked to cancer.
Bottle: Use glass.
Plastic bottles can leach a toxic chemical called bisphenol A (BPA) into formula. Avoid clear, hard plastic bottles marked with a 7 or “PC.” Plastic bottle liners: Don’t use them. The soft plastic liners may leach chemicals into formula, especially when heated.
Water: Use filtered tap water.
If your water is fluoridated, use a reverse osmosis filter to remove fluoride, which the American Dental Association recommends avoiding when reconstituting formula. If your water is not fluori-
dated use a carbon filter. If you choose bottled water make sure it’s fluoride-free.
Formula: Choose powdered.
A toxic chemical called bisphenol A (BPA) can leach from the lining of metal cans and lids. Liquid formulas have higher levels. Powdered formula is a better bet


  1. 1. Your first choice should be powdered formula in a can with as little metal as possible, such as the brands in this order: BETTER Nestlé, Enfamil & Similac powdered (BPA in top and bottom of can) GOOD Earth’s Best & Bright Beginnings powdered (BPA in entire can)
  2. 2. Second choice: concentrated liquid formulas
  3. 3. Avoid all ready-to-eat liquid formulas in metal cans

Heating: Warm bottles in a pan of hot water. Microwaving can heat unevenly and cause chemicals to leach from plastic bottles into formula

Download EWG's Guide to Baby-Safe Bottles and Formula pdf from depts.washington.edu, 1 pages, 207.62KB.
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