When a mother breastfeeds, she reduces the amount of environmental contaminants in her body. According to a study by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, these levels of environmental toxins in a mother’s breast milk dropped by 15 to 94 percent.
While breast milk remains a newborn’s key supply of sustenance, an important source of energy and nutrients, it is still susceptible to environmental contaminants, such as chemicals and other harmful manufactured products.
Breastfeeding mothers may ingest the environmental contaminants through the food they eat and other sources, which are partially emitted in breast milk.
The research included studying 30 contaminants and how the levels of these changed with breastfeeding.
SOURCES: • January 24, 2011. “Environmental contaminant levels in mother’s body decrease during breast-feeding: Study” News-Medical.Net • Kathleen Blanchard, RN. January 23, 2011. “Contaminants in breast milk that raise health concerns are declining, but still noteworthy.” Emaxhealth.com