Benefits of breastfeeding greater than risks of infant exposure to chemicals in milk

December 17th, 2008 - 3:48 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, December 17 (ANI): A new study has shown that the benefits of breastfeeding are greater than the potential risks of infant exposure to chemicals like dioxins, which may be present in breast-milk.
Published in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine, the study compared breastfed and formula fed infants across time.
It encompassed an historical review of the medical literature and included time periods when levels of environmental chemicals were higher than they tend to be at present.
The authors of the study report admit that it does not downplay the adverse effects of exposure to dioxins and other environmental toxins.
They, however, distinguish between the statistical significance of risk or benefit assessments in an individual compared to population effects.
“When breast-milk was chosen by regulatory agencies as a handy medium for measuring environmental toxins, the public became alarmed that breast milk was contaminated. The authors, eminent authorities on the subject have put these fears to rest,” says Dr. Ruth A. Lawrence, Editor-in-Chief of Breastfeeding Medicine, from the Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. (ANI)

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