Breastfeeding & pesticides.


I am an agricultural worker in British Columbia. Picking cherries begins my season followed by apples & grapes.

Because they are soft fruit pesticides are used. My baby is 15 months, is eating solid foods for every meal but still breastfeeds threwout the day & night.

I would like to continue to breast feed but I am scared of the effects of the pesticides.

I plan to wear pants, long sleeved shirts & a mask. I will shower before holding & feeding her.

But I wonder if that will be enough? I am trying to wean her & hope to have her down to only night time feedings by the time I start but she has no interest in slowing down. I do not want to just stop but need to return to work. Please share any information you may have.

Thank you,
a concerned Mother.

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Jun 04, 2012
pesticides during breastfeeding
by: Tracy


Do you normally have any side effects after work? Like headaches, diarrhea, rash or nausea? If, so then the chances of your baby being effected by the pesticides are also greater.

If you wear the proper gear and feel that you are not touching it or breathing it in, I don't think you need to wean baby.

Since you are probably living near the area where you work, I'm guessing that your whole family comes into contact with the pesticides anyways, which means that baby would be better protected if she continued to breastfeed.

This is a decision only you can make, whatever you decide is whats best for you and baby.

A study was done on this...

'Information about breastfed children concluded that despite the presence of PCBs in breast milk, no association between breast milk exposure and any measured outcome has been seen other than lower activity levels at four years among long-term breastfed children at the highest PCB levels.'

'Rogan examined breastfeeding and cognitive development in the children he had followed for so long. What he discovered was that the breastfed children, even though they had received higher contaminant loads through human milk than the children who had been bottle-fed from birth, scored significantly higher on the Bayley and McCarthy mental and psychomotor development tests (at all time points from two years through five years) and had higher English grades on report cards from grade three or higher'

Read more here...

Jun 04, 2012
Thank you!!
by: Anonymous

Thank you very much for your help! I will definetley read more & follow your link! All help is greatly appreciated! If anyone else has anything to add I want to take in as much info as I can.

Happy Days!

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