Before we start I have to say that I am a massive advocate of breastfeeding! It’s cheap, easy, convenient, sterile, there’s no washing or fussing or boiling, it’s right there, plus its great for mum and weight loss, but, and the most important factor of it; it is perfectly designed in every single way to be basically a miracle food for baby.
Breast milk gives your baby absolutely everything it nutritionally and biochemically needs, changing as your baby grows.
We know that children who are breastfed have lower rates of eczema, asthma, SID’s, childhood leukemia, obesity, behavioral issues and a multitude of other illnesses.
Breast milk contains: immune cells, stem cells, anti-inflammatory cells, and over 700 species of helpful microbes.
I ran this story last week in all the APN newspapers in Queensland and got some negative feedback returned (although much more positive) as yes, what I’m about to say is alarming, scary and worrying but it is the truth. I don’t shy away from sharing the truth, it’s important people know so they can make more informed choices for themselves and their children.
So even though it’s contentious, I share it anyway:
Recent study’s have found, that the breast milk of women, from all over the globe, is polluted with toxic chemicals, fire retardants, coolants, BPA and even the decades ago banned toxin, DDT!
How did this happen?
In America, with Australia following close behind, there are currently over 80,000 chemicals being used and sold commercially, with only 1000 of those being tested for safety.
They are pesticides sprayed on our food, used in new furniture, on toys, in your chemical shampoo and perfumes, in your mobile phone, in non-stick cookware and in all plastic, which when touches your food or drink, deposits toxic molecules into it, which we then ingest, inhale or absorb into our fatty tissue, such as breasts, and then into our breast milk.
So what’s the answer? No one is saying stop breast feeding at all, it is still consider the healthiest delivery of nutrients and immune factors to a baby, but do try and limit your exposure to these chemicals where possible, as no one knows the long term impact.
Soon I will be interviewing some scientists to go deeper into this topic, and will keep you posted.
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