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Chemicals Not Always Tested For Safety

Chemicals Not Always Tested For Safety


Current U.S. law does not require or force chemical manufacturers, including those that make plastics, to prove their chemicals are safe before including them in consumer goods such as baby products.


Amazing as that may seem, consider that there are an estimated 87,000 to 100,000 chemicals in commercial production [1].


How Can This Be?

In 1976 Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Unfortunately, while doing so it also "grandfathered in" approximately 62,000 chemicals already in production, incuding BPA (bisphenol-A) [2], declaring them to be safe even though the vast majority of those chemicals had never been studied or tested for safety.


Since then many more chemicals have come into production with few being subjected to any significant scrutiny by the EPA.


The bottom line is that it is not required to prove a chemicals safety before, or after, its release on the consumer market.

So Who Does Study This Stuff?

Manufacturers do. And so, in some cases, does the government - as well as universities. And this is where it gets interesting.


A review of the BPA literature by Saal and Hughes shows that the source of funding for a given study is highly correlated to the findings. 11 of 11 industry-funded studies say don't worry, there are no "significant effects" of low-dose BPA. However, 94 of 104 (90%) government-funded published studies say there are [3].


So the next time you hear that BPA is safe - you know what they say - consider the source.


Originally written August 13, 2008

Sources:

[1] Paul Goettlich. Get Plastic Out Of Your Diet
[2] Environmental Working Group. Chemicals Polluting Kids
[3] Saal and Hughes. An Extensive New Literature Concerning Low-Dose Effects of Bisphenol A Shows the Need for a New Risk Assessment

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What is BPA and should I be concerned

what is bpa

What is BPA (and should I be concerned)?


BPA is an acronym for bisphenol - A, a man-made chemical used to make polycarbonate plastics. It is an undisputed fact that, because of the unstable bond between BPA and the plastic, BPA leeches into materials with which it comes into contact, such as baby's milk. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control study has detected bisphenol-A in 93 percent of all Americans. [1]

Also not up for debate is that BPA is harmful to humans. The only real debate centers around at what concentrations BPA does become harmful.


BPA Is Very Common

BPA is commonly found in hard plastics...think Nalgene water bottles (which are now made without BPA), but there are many other products in which BPA can be found, such as the linings of tin cans. Yikes!

The approximate production of this stuff reaches 3,000,000 tons per year. [2]

Dosage & Timing

As mentioned above, dosage is at the heart of the debate. The chemical industry claims we are not ingesting nearly enough BPA to be harmful. Many government and independent academic scientists disagree saying even low level doses of BPA are linked to "breast and prostate damage, early puberty, behavioral problems, and other effects at levels up to 25 times lower than EPA's 'safe' dose." [3]


Perhaps even more alarming, and of particular concern to The Glass Baby Bottle, is that the timing of exposure to BPA and other chemicals (like phthalates) can be much more relevant than the dose. Not surprisingly, the most vulnerable times are periods of rapid growth. [1]

And Then There's Bioaccumulation

Bioaccumulation is the persistent buildup of some chemicals in our bodies resulting in what is termed a "body burden." A given chemical in our body may actually be safe in isolation, but when combined with a body burden of 700 or so different synthetic chemicals the effects are likely completely unknown. [5]


Few, if any, studies take bioaccumulation into account. As you might imagine it is a vastly complex issue and virtually impossible to control for in a laboratory setting.


So should you be concerned about BPA? Given its ubiquity in modern life, demonstrably negative effects on humans, especially children -- perhaps at even very low doses -- plus the reality of bioaccumulation, we don't think anybody can stand up and say, with a straight face, that BPA is undoubtedly safe.


The good news is that by educating yourself you put yourself in a position to reduce the exposure to BPA for you and your children when and where you can.


Originally written September 7, 2008

Sources:

[1] Environmental Working Group. Chemical Imbalance
[2] Wikipedia. Bisphenol - A
[3] Environmental Working Group. Timeline BPA
[4] Paul Goettlich. What Are Endocrine Disruptors?
[5] Environmental Working Group. Chemical Imbalance

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Breast Pump Baby Bottle Compatibility

breast pump baby bottle compatibility

Pump directly into your baby bottles. Our breast pump baby bottle chart will show you how. 

Wondering which breast pumps will work with which baby bottles?

 

Use our handy chart to learn which brands are compatible. We have included popular pump brands like Medela, Spectra and Ameda. Baby Bottle brands include Comotomo, Munchkin and Born Free. 

 

Also, use this chart, if you want to use glass or silicone baby bottles with your breast pump instead of the plastic bottles provided by breast pump manufacturers.

 

NOTE: Some bottles will only work with a specific pump/bottle adapter and are noted below (with affiliate links to purchase the adapters).

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Medela Breast Pumps Yes Yes, with Born Free Adaptor Yes Yes No Yes, with Avent Adapter Yes, with Munchkin Adapter Yes, with THIS Papablic Adapter Yes Yes, with Tommee Tippee Adaptor Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter ? Lansinoh Storage Bags with this Adapter No No Yes, with Joovy Boob Adapter Yes, with Kiinde Pouch Adapter
Spectra Breast Pumps Yes, with Spectra Adapter No Yes, with Spectra Adapter Yes, with Spectra Adapter No Yes No Yes, with THIS Adaper Yes, with THIS Adapter Yes, read THIS to learn how. Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter Yes No No ? No Yes, with Kiinde Pouch Adapter
Phillips Avent Breast Pumps No No No No No Yes No Yes with THIS adapter No No Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter No No No No No Yes, with Kiinde Pouch Adapter
The First Years Pumps No No No No No No No No No ? No No No Yes, no adapter needed Yes No ?
Evenflo Breast Pumps Yes Yes, with Born Free Adapter Yes Yes No Yes, with Avent Adapter Yes, with Munchkin Adapter No Yes Yes, with Tommee Tippee Adaptor Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter ? Lansinoh Storage Bags with this Adapter No No Yes, with Joovy Boob Adapter Yes, with Kiinde Pump Kit
Nuk Breast Pumps No No No No No No No No No Yes No No No No No No ?
Hygeia Breast Pumps Yes, with Hygeia Narrow Mouth Adaptor No Yes, with Hygeia Narrow Mouth Adaptor Yes, with Hygeia Narrow Mouth Adaptor No No No No Yes, with Hygeia Narrow Mouth Adaptor No Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter No No ? No No Yes, with Kiinde Adaptor & Hygeia Adaptor
Ameda Breast Pumps Yes Yes, with Born Free Adapter Yes Yes No Yes, with Avent Adapter Yes, with Munchkin Adapter Yes, with THIS Papablic Adapter Yes Yes, with Tommee Tippee Adaptor Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter ? Lansinoh Storage Bags with this Adapter No No Yes, with Joovy Boob Adapter Yes, with Kiinde Pouch Adapter

Ardo Breast Pumps

Yes Yes, with Born Free Adapter Yes Yes No Yes, with Avent Adapterr Yes, with Munchkin Adapter No Yes ? Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter No No No No Yes, with Joovy Boob Adapter Yes, with Kiinde Pouch Adapter
Freemie Breast Pumps No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups No: Pump into these ease poor breast milk collection cups
Gland Breast Pumps Yes Yes, with Born Free Adaptor Yes Yes No Yes, with Avent Adapter Yes, with Munchkin Adapter No Yes Yes, with Tommee Tippee Adaptor Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter No Lansinoh Storage Bags with this Adapter No No Yes, with Joovy Boob Adapter Yes, with Kiinde Pouch Adapter
KidsTime Breast Pumps Yes Yes, with Born Free Adaptor Yes Yes No Yes, with Avent Adapter Yes, with Munchkin Adapter No Yes Yes, with Tommee Tippee Adaptor Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter ? Lansinoh Storage Bags with this Adapter No No Yes, with Joovy Boob Adapter Yes, with Kiinde Pouch Adapter
Nibble Breast Pumps (by Gland) Yes Yes, with Born Free Adaptor Yes Yes No Yes, with Avent Adapter Yes, with Munchkin Adapter No Yes Yes, with Tommee Tippee Adaptor Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter ? Lansinoh Storage Bags with this Adapter No No Yes, with Joovy Boob Adapter No

Haoqin Breast Pumps

No No No No No Yes No No No No Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter No Lansinoh Storage Bags with this Adapter No No No Yes, with Kiinde Pouch Adapter
BabySteps Breast Pumps Yes ? Yes Yes ? Yes ? No Yes No Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter ? Yes No No ? ?
Rumble Tuff Breast Pumps No No No No No Yes No No No No Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter No No No No No Yes, with Kiinde Pouch Adapter
Bellema Breast Pumps Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes No No Yes No Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter Yes No No No No ?
Lansinoh Breast Pumps Yes, with this Hygeia adapter (has the same threading as Lansinoh) No Yes, with this Hygeia adapter (has the same threading as Lansinoh) Yes, with this Hygeia adapter (has the same threading as Lansinoh) No No Yes, with Munchkin Adapter No Yes, with this Hygeia adapter (has the same threading as Lansinoh) No Nuk Storage Bags with this Adapter Yes Yes No No Yes, with Joovy Boob Adapter Yes, with Kiinde Pouch Adapter

Prefer pumping into breast milk bags?  

Check out our Breast Pump and Breast Milk Bag Compatibility Chart

If your not seeing the brand of bottle you where planning on using with your pump please comment below.  

Breast Pump Comparison

Breast Pump Comparison

Our Breast Pump Comparison Guide will help you determine the best for your needs.

Breast pump options include a manual breast pump, single breast pump and a double breast pump.

Here we will compare the different breast pump options.


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Manual Breast Pumps


Perfect for the occasional pumper.

 

This is for a mom that might need to pump a bottle once a day or every blue moon. This style pump is small, lightweight and easy to transport in any diaper bag. These manual pumps either come with a grip that you squeeze to express your breast milk, or create their own suction.


Manual Pump that creates its own suction.

A good option is to purchase a 100% silicone breast pump, that create is own suction. We recommend the NatureBond Silicone Manual Pump made of 100% food grade silicone. It's easy to use and comes with a storage pouch. Furthermore it is dishwasher safe as well as it can be boiled to sterilize. While the pump does come with a lid, we recommend pouring your fresh pumped milk into a baby bottle or milk storage bag for safe transport.


Manual Pump where you are in control of the suction.

If you prefer a manual pump where you are in control of the suction. The is a good option.  As with the pump above we recommend pouring your breast milk into baby bottles or milk storage bags for safe transport.

Single Breast Pumps


Single breast pumps are a good option for moms that are part-time pumpers. If you need to pump once or twice a day this may be the option for you. The downside with a single pump is that you can only empty one breast at a time. If your having a hard time choosing between a single or double breast pump we would advise to go with the double. The price difference between a single or double is in general not that big of a difference.

Double Breast Pumps


Double breast pumps are perfect for anyone that needs to pump daily or is planning on returning to work. Be aware that not all double pumps are the same. A good thing to look for is a hospital grade double breast pump. The motors on these are designed to have maximum suction enabling you to pump at peak efficiency.

Hospital Grade Breast Pumps


Hospital Grade Breast Pumps have....

Wearable Breast Pumps


Ok so this is cool! Wearable pumps.....

This is STEP 1 of our 7 Step process that will assist you in purchasing the best breast pump for your needs Click here to see our 7 Step Guide.

UP NEXT: We will cover all aspects from best breast pump to bottle choices that will best suit your lifestyle. Read Which Breast Pump Is Best For Me, Seven Steps to finding the perfect Pump and Bottles

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How to Choose the Best Breast Pump

How to choose the best breast pump

Our guide will walk you through how to choose the best breast pump for your needs.


Whether your a full time working mom or stay at home mom you'll want to choose a breast pump that gives you the support and comfort you need in order to have achieve Pumping Success! 

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We will focus on:

  1. What type of pump you will need.
  2. Choosing a pump brand for your needs.
  3. How to determine the proper sizing for flanges.
  4. Extra pump parts.
  5. Storing your breast milk.
  6. Choosing a bottle that will work with your breast pump.

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Let's start by figuring out what pump will work best for your lifestyle. 

Here is a link to our Breast Pump Comparison Chart and article. Use this comparison to find the type of pump you will want to purchase. Your options will include, manual, single and double electric pumps. As well as hospital grade breast pumps.


For example, if you are planning on pumping more than an occasional baby bottle, your best bet is a double pump from a brand like Spectra or Medela. While the double electric pumps may cost more upfront prices ranging from $100-$500, this usually replaces the cost of formula.

Decide on a brand of breast pump.

Now that you have determine the best pump type you can compare brands. 


One consideration is how much support the brand you choose offers. Several brands like Spectra, Medela or Adro offer great customer support to pumping moms.


Several brands even have private Facebook groups for moms. If your having an issue with your breast pump these groups can provide valuable information.


Here are some links to brand specific Facebook groups: Spectra Mom Support GroupArdo Moms.

Choosing a  Breast Pump Flange size  (IMPORTANT):

The flange is connected to the breast pump tubing and comes into direct contact with your breast. 


Breast pump flanges is not a one size fits all part. In fact, getting the sizing right on your flanges is extreamley important.  These inexpensive parts deserve your full attention.


When using your breast pump your nipple should not be rubbing or sticking to the side of the flange. As you can imagine that is not only uncomfortable but can lead to less productive pumping. Instead your nipple should easily be gliding back and forth inside of the flange.


When choosing the right size flange, keep in mind that your nipple size will increase while you are pumping. We strongly recommend having every size flange available for your breast pump manufacturer on hand.  This will allow you to get the hang of which size fits your nipple the best.


Furthermore you can also purchase generic flanges that will fit most pumps.

One of our favorites is  Pumping Pals, which offers variety kits, so you can order a pair of small, medium, and large all in one kit.

Order extra breast pump parts.

It is a good idea to have a spare set of breast pump parts including tubing, valves and membranes.

This is especially important if you are pumping over half the time or are exclusively pumping.


Your pump manufacturer will sell part kits to go along with the pump you have selected. Or there are also generic pump kits for most major brands of pumps.  

Decide on how you want to store your breast milk.

Pumping right into a bottle is a great choice for occasional pumpers. Another option is using breast milk storage bags. One of our favorite is the NUK brand as it is compatible with virtually all pumps.


You can also purchase containers to store your breast milk in from plastic to glass mason jars.


Check out our Breast Pump Baby Bottle Comparison Guide to see which bottles will work with your breast pump.

Choose a baby bottle that will fit your needs.

As mentioned in the above you can pump right into some baby bottles. Here is a link to the Breast Pump Baby Bottle Comparison Guide.


Options for baby bottles will include glass, plastic, silicone or stainless steel. One of our favorites is the Comotomo baby bottle which is plastic free, lightweight and easy to pour breast milk into. Here is a link to our Comotomo Baby Bottle Guide.

Support

Even the most prepared moms will tell you everything did not go as expected when feeding your baby.


If the way you are currently feeding your baby is not going so well, reach out to specialists and friends for help. We list several ideas on getting support in our Postpartum Resource Guide.

At TGBB we are firm believers in the saying "A Fed Baby is the Best Baby." In other words, we are a judgement free website/community. You choose which method is right for feeding your baby. We strive to provide useful information for all moms regardless of how they choose to feed their babies.

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Breast Pump and Breast Milk Storage Bags Compatibility

breast pump breast milk storage bag compatibility

Use this chart to determine which breast milk storage bags can attach to your breast pump.

Lets make pumping directly into your breast milk storage bags easy with our compatibility guide. We have taken the guesswork out of which bags can attach to certain breast pumps.  


Furthermore we have several pages dedicated to certain types of pumps including Tommee Tippee, Avent, Spectra, Medela and Ameda. Links to these are listed below the chart. 


Additionally if you want to pump directly into your babies bottles check out our Breast Pump Baby Bottle Compatibility page. 


Things to consider when pumping into breast milk storage bags:

  • Compatibility: Are the bags compatible with your breast pump?
  • Adapters: Do you need to purchase a special adapter for your breast pump and milk bags? Also, if you are double pumping are the adapters sold singly or as a pair?
  • Bag Preference: Do you prefer a breast milk storage bag with a double zip feature or one that stands up on its own once full?
  • Measuring: Bag measurements tend to be skewed, since they lack a solid form. If you pump into a bag, but need exact measurements pour your breast milk into a well marked bottle.
  • Convenience: Bags are convenient for on-the-go pumping because they do not take up much space. Milk bags also are convenient for freezer storage.

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Ameda Breast Pumps

Yes, with Ameda Adapter that is sold with the 20 bag set

Yes, with THIS Kiinde Adapter Set

Yes, with Lansinoh Pump Adapter

Yes, with these Papablic Breast Milk Storage Bag Adapters

Yes with this Maymom Narrow Adapter

Yes with this Maymom Narrow Adapter

Yes, with these Tommee Tippee Pump and Go Adapters

Lansinoh Signature Double Electric Pump

?

Yes, with THIS Kiinde Adapter Set

Yes

No No

No

Yes, with these Tommee Tippee Pump and Go Adapters

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

Yes, with Ameda Adapter that is sold with the 20 bag set

Yes, with THIS Kiinde Adapter Set

Yes, with Lansinoh Pump Adapter

Yes, with these Papablic Breast Milk Storage Bag Adapters

Yes with this Maymom Narrow Adapter

Yes with this Maymom Narrow Adapter

Yes, with these Tommee Tippee Pump and Go Adapters

Medela Pump In Style

Yes, with Ameda Adapter that is sold with the 20 bag set

Yes, with THIS Kiinde Adapter Set

Yes, with Lansinoh Pump Adapter

Yes, with these Papablic Breast Milk Storage Bag Adapters

Yes with this Maymom Narrow Adapter

Yes with this Maymom Narrow Adapter

Yes, with these Tommee Tippee Pump and Go Adapters

Medela Symphony Yes, with Ameda Adapter that is sold with the 20 bag set

Yes, with THIS Kiinde Adapter Set

Yes, with Lansinoh Pump Adapter

? Yes with this Maymom Narrow Adapter

Yes with this Maymom Narrow Adapter

Yes, with these Tommee Tippee Pump and Go Adapters

Spectra 9 Plus

Yes, with Ameda Adapter that is sold with the 20 bag set

AND

With THIS Spectra Adapter

*Both Adapters are needed to make this combination work

Yes, with THIS Kiinde Adapter Set

Yes with Maymom Breastmilk Storage Bag Adapter

No

Yes, with these Papablic Breast Milk Storage Bag Adapters ? Yes, with these Tommee Tippee Pump and Go Adapters
Spectra S1

Yes, with Ameda Adapter that is sold with the 20 bag set

AND

With THIS Spectra Adapter

*Both Adapters are needed to make this combination work

Yes, with THIS Kiinde Adapter Set

Yes with Maymom Breastmilk Storage Bag Adapter

No Yes, with these Papablic Breast Milk Storage Bag Adapters ? Yes, with these Tommee Tippee Pump and Go Adapters
Spectra S2

Yes, with Ameda Adapter that is sold with the 20 bag set

AND

With THIS Spectra Adapter

*Both Adapters are needed to make this combination work

Yes, with THIS Kiinde Adapter Set

Yes with Maymom Breastmilk Storage Bag Adapter

No

Yes, with these Papablic Breast Milk Storage Bag Adapters ? Yes, with these Tommee Tippee Pump and Go Adapters
Tommee Tippee Breast Pumps ? Yes, with THIS Kiinde Adapter Set ? No No ? Yes, with these Tommee Tippee Pump and Go Adapters
Phillips Avent Breast Pumps ?

Yes, with THIS Kiinde Adapter Set

Yes with Maymom Breastmilk Storage Bag Adapter

No Yes, with these Papablic Breast Milk Storage Bag Adapters ? Yes, with these Tommee Tippee Pump and Go Adapters