Contaminants in breastmilk!!

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Contaminants in breastmilk!!
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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 10:58am
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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?>>>



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relative effects of prenatal exposures and breast-milk exposures. Such investigations are rare—but there are some, as we shall see.>>>

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is a measure of dioxin toxicity.)>>>


A call for more formula?? Or a call for a cleaner environment??


christine





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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 11:25am
First off, I would be interested in knowing the source of these studies. Then I can decide whether or not the source is potentiually biased and determine if the study warrants any further investigating on my part. I do what I can to reduce possible contaminants in my breastmilk. I eat many whole, organic foods, very little fish because of mercury contamination, freshwater fish from unpolluted sources. I use bottles water only.Besides formula is not free from contaminants either as evidenced from recalls, etc. Lisa.
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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 11:31am
a call for a cleaner environment definately! to quote one person...we mustn't question the need for breastmilk, but rather advocate for SAFER breastmilk.

and ironically, the very factories that create formula do pollute, eh? ;-) (though so do many others, so they're hardly the top of the offenders)

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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 11:56am
Definately a cleaner environment. With all the wonderful advancements our world has experienced in the last 200-300 years, it does make you wonder the price we're paying.

Oh yeah, I also agree that to manufacture the formula we must put more toxins into the environment. Not that manufacturing is limited to formula & I'm certainly guilty of doing my part to pollute the environment in other ways as well.

Janet & nursling Sierra

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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 11:56am
well, i certainly think we need a cleaner environment but, that runs way deeper than bf or ff issues.

however...must comment on a few things...

"""Breast milk, if regulated like infant formula, would commonly violate Food and Drug Administration

action levels for poisonous or deleterious substances in food and could not be sold."""

clearly, most of us are consuming these substances thru products approved by the fda..if not, they wouldn't be housed in the human body.

"""Unfortunately, for purposes of scientific inquiry, infants who receive highly contaminated breast milk tend also to receive more contaminants via their umbilical cords before birth, so we need study designs that try to tease apart the

relative effects of prenatal exposures and breast-milk exposures."""

this logic implies that women who are "more contaminated" are more likely to bf (since they are "passing more" through umbilical cords). as if "all that ddt" in our systems makes us pro-bf...what? i guess one could read it that more educated women (more likely to bf) eat more vegetables too?

anyway, what's the source on this "gem?"

p.s. there's a good (sourced study) in the archive on this subject that basically boils down to the fact that weighed against the risks of formula, bm has FAR more benefits

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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 12:04pm
Hey..did you notice the writing of my quotes?? They are from the same paper you got yours from regarding contaminants in bm. She is a breastfeeding mother. Anyway, very interesting 19pages...and YES, I read every single one.

Here's the link:

http://www.akvoice.org/current/havingfaith.PDF

It's a PDF file so must be read via Acrobat Reader.

Here is the link in HTML code if you don't have Acrobat:

http://216.239.57.100/search?q=cache:Gtz-jRCcEKgC:www.akvoice.org/current/havingfaith.PDF+finnish+study+younger+siblings+contaminants+first+born+breast+milk&hl=en&ie=UTF-8



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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 12:09pm
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Actually, that's not true. We are not being bombarded by toxins from food. We are being bombarded by toxins in the environment. The cleaning solutions, building materials, paint, solvents, trash, carbonmonoxide,....and so on.


I posted to Macbump.and gave the link. It is VERY interesting. I read the whole thing...and it was written by a breastfeeding mother!!



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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 12:49pm
Yeah, I've corresponded personally with her. Amazing woman...she nurses her kids, yeah (last I heard, they were spaced similarily to my 2 in age difference, and both nursing). She believes human milk is a MUST...but also very importantly, believes we MUST clean up human milk. :-)

I totally agree with her. I think it is unacceptable to have so many pollutants in milk, and I do do my best to eat organically, avoid cig. smoke, breastfeed (thus not contributing to the formula pollution ;-)) and also use cloth diapers, etc. :-)

I try and do my little bit...it's all I can manage. :-)

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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 1:00pm
dr sears has a lot to say about fruits and vegetables and the ddt children (and adults) consume from them. for example, the fda does not approve certain pesticides for uses here, but the u.s. sells the same pesticides to chile and in the off-season we consume the pesticides them thru imported fruits, etc...that being said, i think we ARE comsuming them...well, maybe not all of us, but many of us....

though, i agree...much comes from things like paint, etc. the problem there is the way we've become accustomed to living...without chemicals, we would not have the standards we are used to..no carpeting, no cars to drive, etc...

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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 1:13pm
Absolutely.....I completely agree with you.

It is disheartening when you do your best to buy organic and pesticide-free foods, but yet you are not making a dent because of other environmentaal factors.


christine


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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 1:23pm
good points waiting...

" """Breast milk, if regulated like infant formula, would commonly violate Food and Drug Administration

action levels for poisonous or deleterious substances in food and could not be sold."""

clearly, most of us are consuming these substances thru products approved by the fda..if not, they wouldn't be housed in the human body."

i have to say, i agree partly, thought food is not the *only* source of pollution, obviously...what abt. the airborne stuff & even contaminants absorbed thru the skin ie like for people who work in contaminated places, with pesticides, etc.?

" """Unfortunately, for purposes of scientific inquiry, infants who receive highly contaminated breast milk tend also to receive more contaminants via their umbilical cords"""

this logic implies that women who are "more contaminated" are more likely to bf (since they are "passing more" through umbilical cords). as if "all that ddt" in our systems makes us pro-bf...what? i guess one could read it that more educated women (more likely to bf) eat more vegetables too? "

i don't see it as such. i just read that the infants who get a lot of contaminants via milk, obviously have moms whose bodies are contaminated so they already got a lot more via umb. cord than the babies whose moms bf & have less contaminated milk, & therefore got less thru the umb. cords. kwim?

fio.

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