Hi april213, thanks very much for your perspective. It's very true that we need to look at the big picture of everything we put in our babies' environment and try to minimize risks as much as possible. It's easy to focus on one thing at the expense of another.
I think I have found a good middle ground: I switched to Playtex drop-ins and will continue to use my pump but with Medela collection bottles, and will store the milk in Lansinoh storage bags. That's more disposable waste that I had planned on, but I will look for glass or BornFree bottles as well. I have always been very conscientious about cleaning bottles and pump parts, and will keep doing so!
Babies dying from commercial baby food is downright reprehensible. I do use jarred organic food on occasion, but usually prepare my own food or just feed him whatever we are eating.
I find time and time again that I am constantly making concessions between convenience and safety, whether it's bottle feeding vs. exclusively nursing, bacteria vs. chemical cleaning products, cloth vs. disposable, organic food vs. less expensive non-organic, etc. etc. There's a comfort zone that everyone needs to find, don't you agree?