Breast milk harbors environmental pollutants (San Francisco Chronicle, 12/29/2013)


A San Francisco Chronicle article confirms once again that American women’s breast milk is contaminated from exposures to pesticides, flame retardants, additives and other chemicals in household products, air water and food.

Tracey Woodruff, director of UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment and a member of our science advisory panel, is quoted in the article and points out that regulatory agencies should enact policies to keep breast milk from getting contaminated in the first place.

“It’s really bad that the most important source of food, liquid and nutrition during the baby’s very beginning of life is contaminated,” she said. “We should figure out how to un-contaminate it, rather than scare women off breast-feeding.”

Read on in the full article.


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