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Breast Milk Protection

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 10:39

Recent studies have raised concerns about the effect of environmental toxins on breast milk, but according to a recent international conference on pollution and lactation, there is no need to worry. "Levels of Chemical contaminants in breast milk are very low" says the director of the Center for Children's Health and the Environment at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Philip Landrigan M.D. Breast milk itself may protect against contamination.


A Dutch study of approximately 400 infants found that while exposure to PCBs in utero could cause motor and cognitive problem bye age 6, it showed up only in formula-fed kids-even though breastfed babies were exposed in PCBs in the milk. Researches advised that breastfeeding counteracts the adverse developmental effects of PCBs but it is still prudent to reduce exposures before, during and after pregnancy.