Canadian Moms Better Than American Moms


bpa in america baby bloodstreamThose Canadian moms are at it again, making us Americans feel bad about all things motherhood. First they get the totally rad maternity (and paternity!) leave, then it's the higher breastfeeding rates as babies get older. Side note -- gee, do you think those two things are related?? And now it's the BPA in our bloodstreams.

In a frightening study, Americans have twice as much bisphenol A in our bloodstreams as Canadians. TWICE. Shown to be toxic -- especially to newborns and babies -- it's incredibly disturbing that Americans seem to be loading on the chemical found in plastics that can also cause infertility.

This article also says that the BPA findings are actually "a mystery." Ummmm, let's see. How about I solve that mystery for you really quickly?

BPA in products for babies and young children was BANNED in 2008 in Canada. Yet we still can't seem to get even a liberal state like California to pass a ban on poisoning our children in the good old U.S. of A. Why is that, exactly? Right, capitalism. You can't possibly ban anything that could make someone money. So rather than take care of our citizens' health, let's just look at this BPA overload as an opportunity for all of those "green" companies to get rich off of BPA-free bottles, sippy cups, and plastic containers.

In the meantime, too bad for the poor people who can't afford all those "fancy," "non-poisonous" toys and food containers! You don't mind a little side of cancer with your cereal, do you?

Seriously, not to blame moms -- since we have plenty of other things to do -- but how is it our neighbors to the north consistently place a higher value on the health and well-being of their citizens? And if not moms, then who will write letters to our Congresspeople, and vote with their mom-conscience on issues that directly impact our children's health?

We need to step up, American moms. This is getting embarrassing.

Do you think BPA should be banned in America?


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RanaA... RanaAurora

First they get the totally rad maternity (and paternity!) leave, then it's the higher breastfeeding rates as babies get older.

Bingo. THey're totally related.

In trying to "not interfere with peoples' choices" Americans have really denied many of us the option of many choices, and yes, I do think BPA should be banned.

AngiDas AngiDas

I would prefer for my family not to get poisoned yes.

Stacie Rose

I think we as a country have collectively placed too little value on health, well-being and family life. Due to the pursuit of the almighty dollar and in my case, the need to do so, forced me back to work far too early with my youngest child. I think that fact was directly related to my PDD. I agree with the poster and the above comment as well.

Jen Dopson

Wisconsin banned BPA in childrens bottles and sippy cups and many of those companies also make plates/bowls/utinsiles BPA free in our state as well. I'm surprised Cali. hasn't yet.

And in actuality, you can find relativly cheap BPA free products at stores like Walmart, for those with fewer funds. At least here in Wisconsin anyway, I don't know about other places.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

It isn't about money- it is about awareness. I don't spend any more on my BPA free products than I would otherwise- you just have to know what you are looking for. Most people just have NO idea that there is a difference.

Ursul... Ursula187

I think, probably, that there is JUST AS MUCH correlation between the extended PAID family leave that Canadian parents get (thus extended and more successful breastfeeding relationships) and lower BPA rates as there is between the BPA ban in Canada.  There really is so little support for working mothers in the US.  We like to talk about family values, but it is clear that the actual value is placed on profit/free market rather than actual families.

Freela Freela

I'm Canadian, and I totally think that higher rates of bf'ing have a LOT to do with higher rates of bf'ing in Canada.  Moms in my province get a year paid leave with most of their salaries and a position held for them.  It's a lot easier to commit to nursing when you have a year to get it down!  I also think there's a link to BPA there, because BPA is in some bottles, and more nursing means less bottles.  When the BPA ban went through here in 2008, there were huge incentives to get people to return BPA products... I took a six year old breastpump back to the store because it was on the recall list and got the price of a new pump back on a gift card... friends returned stacks of bottles/sippies and got them replaced at the store/company's expense.  If we know something is harmful, why do we continue to sell it?  Why should a company's bottom line outrank people's health?

nonmember avatar Cynthia

As a Canadian mom, I have the utmost sympathy for all the US moms that are concerned by this, and it is another thing that makes me thankful to be Canadian. Everyone, no matter where you are, should have access to the best possible healthcare for themselves and their family and sometimes that means having to write a whole lot of letters to get things like this changed. I wish you all luck!

mumma... mummajenni

It's so frustrating. There are many known harmful chemicals in baby and children's products in the US. It's all about big Chem companies making a buck, or billion bucks! Sickening. I won't buy a product unless the label tells me it's BPA, phthalate, paraben, PVC, etc. free. The book Slow Death by Rubber Duck is so helpful (and frightening!). Speak with your $$, if you can, for now, until US legislature takes protecting babies and children seriously!

tyrel... tyrelsmom

I think that the maternity/paternity leave definitely contributes to the breastfeeding rates. That and the fact that we don't get sent home with formula samples. We can still get them, btw, we have to fill out a card and we receive it in the mail. And then there's the fact that it seems more accepted here. I've never gotten so much as a glare for NIP without a cover.

I think that the lower levels of BPA can also be partially attributed to breastfeeding, too, as well as the ban.

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