Thursday, February 26, 2009

Toxins in breast milk: cause for concern?

The Motherwear Breastfeeding blog has an excellent post today about toxins in breast milk and why they shouldn't be a concern. Unfortunately a recent survey showed that 78-93% of women would stop breastfeeding if they found out there were phthalates in their breast milk. African-American moms were significantly more likely than Caucasian women to report that they would wean immediately if told of toxins in their milk.

Despite the fact that toxins have been found in breast milk, the benefits of nursing far outweigh any danger toxins may pose. Tanya breaks the issue down nicely. It's good to remember that formula also contains toxins and there have been formula recalls, even in the United States.

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