Posted By BIll Couzens, Founder

This is a very good post. And time and time again I read and agree with how breast milk is best for all the reasons you mention.

But your post for me does bring up the question of exactly how much work is being done in the area to monitor and reduce chemical loads found in breast milk.

While I am not a scientist; there are scientists and health professionals that are interested in seeing more research into chemical contaminants that can be present in breast milk and can be passed on to breastfeeding infants.

I am aware of one such study by Canadian researchers where PCBs and Mercury exposure were found in Inuit Women “of childbearing age and their blood concentrations of PCBs, mercury, and selenium. The women ate significant amounts of fish, beluga fat, seal meat, and seal fat. Fish and seal meat consumption was associated with increased mercury concentrations in the hair samples. The consumption of traditional foods during pregnancy did not relate to PCB body burden, which is more dependent on lifetime consumption levels. Although the fact that contaminants are present in traditional foods is widely known, a large number of the Inuit women believe these foods are beneficial during pregnancy and actually increased their consumption of


Melissa Bartick

Posted May 21, 2008 | 03:36 PM (EST)
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Breastfeeding saves lives and health care dollars, and promoting breastfeeding rates is one of the government’s Healthy People goals. Yet most women do not even meet their own breastfeeding goals, not to mention those set by the government.

Research shows that what a mother and baby experience just in those first few days in the hospital have a powerful impact on how long they’ll breastfeed, even months down the line. We already know what interventions work: the ten evidence-based practices of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) , a certification developed by the World Health Organization and UNICEF….SEE LINK