My Family Rants

Toxins in Breastmilk?

Posted on: December 23, 2008

Here’s a scary article I found in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/20/health/research/20breast.html

I’ve never really heard of “Dioxins” before, so I looked it up:

(from wikipedia)

What are Dioxins?

Children are passed substantial body burdens by their mothers, and breastfeeding increases the child’s body burden. Children’s body burdens are often many times above the amount implied by tolerable intakes which are based on body weight. Breast fed children usually have substantially higher dioxin body burdens than non breast fed children until they are about 8 to 10 years old. The WHO still recommends breast feeding for its other benefits.

I’ve breastfed 3 children, and never knew any of this.  Melamine & other chemicals in formula vs chemicals & toxins in breastmilk.  So if I’m doing BOTH formula & Breast Milk………..is that like hedging my bets?

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