Contaminants in breastmilk!!
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|Wed, 04-09-2003 - 10:58am|
action levels for poisonous or deleterious substances in food and could not be sold.”>>>
product of DDT) still remains the most widespread contaminant in human milk around the world, and PCBs remain the most prevalent contaminant in the milk of mothers living in industrialized countries. In addition to DDT and PCBs, common contaminants of breast milk include flame retardants, fungicides, wood preservatives, termite poisons, mothproofing agents, toilet deodorizers, cable-insulating materials, dry-cleaning fluids, gasoline vapors, and the chemical by-products of garbage incineration.............
My office shelves contain stacks and stacks of published reports documenting the presence of environmental chemicals in human milk. All together they would fill a couple of large suitcases. But seldom do nursing mothers hear about them. Not only are our breastfed children omitted from popular depictions of the human food chain, but we ourselves are excluded from discussions of breast-milk contamination. Some researchers, public health
officials, and lactation advocates argue in their defense that publicizing the problem would only serve to frighten women away from breastfeeding. But keeping secrets is seldom a good public health strategy, for how will we solve a problem whose existence we don’t acknowledge?>>>
relative effects of prenatal exposures and breast-milk exposures. Such investigations are rare—but there are some, as we shall see.>>>
is a measure of dioxin toxicity.)>>>
A call for more formula?? Or a call for a cleaner environment??