Debate: How safe is formula after the Nuclear fallout?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Debate: How safe is formula after the Nuclear fallout?
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Wed, 04-13-2011 - 10:55am

Cows eat grass, making milk that has a high concentration of radioactivity - which is then used to make formula. I posted an article recently that Ireland produces 90% of the milk that is used in formula around the world.

So how safe will it be to use formula - will they find cows with a lower radioactive level?

Will they add iodine to every bottle?

From: Europeans warned to avoid drinking milk or eating vegetables due to high radiation levels

The radiation risk from Fukushima is "no longer negligable," says CRIIRAD, the French research authority on radioactivity. It is now warning expectant mothers and young children to avoid drinking milk or rainwater...

Despite these warnings, the real issue that few are willing to acknowledge so far is that Fukushima fallout will continue for many more months. And during this fallout, there will be a cumulative load of radiation raining down upon the grasses, fruits and vegetables that make up the global food supply. How high those levels get is anyone's guess, and those animals that feed upon those grasses -- such as cattle, goats and sheep -- will tend to further concentrate the radioactivity, producing milk and meat products that are far more radioactive than the grasses upon which they fed.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/032050_radioactive_food_nuclear_radiation.html

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

Of course the converse to this question is how safe is BFing after the nuclear fallout? Are there things that a BFing mother can do to lower the risk to her baby?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2008

the truth is how safe will breast milk be? I mean mothers do have to eat and since they don't live on breast milk well hey how safe will breast milk be? I know it filters a lot of things but radiation? nope something tells me not so.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008

the truth is how safe will breast milk be? I mean mothers do have to eat and since they don't live on breast milk well hey how safe will breast milk be? I know it filters a lot of things but radiation? nope something tells me not so. any outside source of food will be subject to contamination and that includes food nursing mothers eat.

If the mothers only food source is contaminate with radiation then her BM will be too as I understand it

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

The focus of my question was not for those Japanese women and children who are in immediate vicinity of the nuclear reactor - who are within a rock and a hard place to make the best choice for their baby. I can't imagine - and my heart goes out to them...

It was on the news report that even as far away as Europe, they are saying to avoid milk products for women and children. And if Ireland produces 90% of the world's milk used in formula - then children in parts of the world who may not be exposed to those high levels of radiation, may still be receiving formula that has been exposed to high levels of radiation thru the cows and grass - "producing milk and meat products that are far more radioactive than the grasses upon which they fed."

So if mom has NOT been exposed to high levels of radiation, but the formula has - how safe is that formula to give to your child?

(Hope I have explained it better this time)

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008

If a mother is already FF, then she is stuck with what she can get.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010