- PVC: In toys, food packaging and some medical products. When burnt PVC produces dioxins.
- Penta: Used in all furniture foams and electronics.
- Insect killers (pesticides)
- Chemicals in the work place
- Contaminated food or water
- Weed killers (herbicides)
- Waste site toxins that have contaminated water or soil nearby
- Plastic bottles that contain BPA.
These toxic substances affect the nervous system, hormone
(endocrine system) and the reproductive system of animals. Some
countries have actually stopped using PVC.
These toxins are found in mostly fatty foods like meat and milk.
Other Contaminants such as lead, mercury, heavy metals, and solvents have been found in breast milk too.
Toxins found in formula milk
Formula milk has lower levels of PCBs and dioxins than breast milk, but has a risk of containing the following:
- Traces of lead & aluminium from processing the formula
- Formula is mixed with tap water which contains nitrate fertilisers and weed fillers.
Making Our Milk Safe
(MOMS). MOMS works to educate the community on the risk of these toxins in breastmilk
and calls for government action to ban chemicals that can hurt
breastfed infants. Their website, www.safemilk.org, has a range of
resources, articles, and updates on present efforts to pass legislation.
Is breast still best?
Yes. Breast milk contains antioxidants, which act against the toxins.
Breast milk also helps baby develop a stronger immune system.
The levels of toxins in the air and in food are becoming less and less
as time goes by, reducing the risk of toxins in breastmilk. Also, if you
live in a rural area away from waste and incinerators you have a lower
level of exposure to these toxins.
Formula can be contaminated with bacteria, organisms and other particles. In September 2008, about 15,000 babies from China where hospitalized for drinking formula that was contaminated with melamine.
More babies are harmed by drinking formula, than breastfed babies, even in cases where breast milk has been fund to be highly contaminated.
Even though the contamination in breast milk can cause health issues, breast milk can protect baby from these health problems, where as if baby was drinking formula, nothing in the formula can protect baby.
How can I limit the amount of toxins in my breast milk?
- Stay away from: Household paints, Glue, Furniture stripper, Nail polish, Petrol fumes, Pesticides, Perfume
- To ladies with breast implants or who are thinking of getting them, if you plan on breastfeeding, consider these points:
1. Silicone breast implants can leak. Many children breastfed on breasts
with implants show no harmful effects, but some do and the effects can
be extremely dreadful. There are many families dealing with the effects
of implants on their kid's health.
2. Studies have found seriously high levels of platinum salts in the
breastmilk of women with silicone gel breast implants. That’s because
platinum is used to create the shells of the implants (not for saline
implants). The platinum can cause harsh allergic or toxic reactions.