Breast Milk! Beware

There is news out there to make you scared. Change it around and use it to make you careful.

Here is information from a new book called Breasts:A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams.

According to Williams, breast-feeding passes to babies many good things like vitamins, minerals, and a “soft hedge of extras to help ward off a lifetime of diseases.” However, in addition, it transfers “paint thinners, dry-cleaning fluids, wood preservatives, toilet deodorizers, cosmetic additives, gasoline bi-products, rocket fuel, termite poisons, fungicides and varieties of flame-retardants, one of which, Penta-BDE, was banned by the European Union because of its chronic toxicity to humans.”

As the old saying goes, “Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water.” As you continue to breast feed, do what you can to keep your breast-feeding milk as pure as possible. While it is difficult to avoid all contaminants, here is a “rule of thumb.” Focus as much as you can on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; and do what you can to stay away from artificial color and flavor, preservatives, and other chemicals.

Live in a bubble? No. Use sound judgement about what you eat, drink, and breathe? Absolutely yes! Every little bit makes a difference.

NOTE: Hold on to this tip for the month of October. Watch for a whole new look of tips beginning November 1st.



  1. You bring up a good point. A lot of bad things have happened to American food. However, a lot of good things have happened to it too. While you can’t eliminate all difficulties, you can choose as wisely as you can for you and your family. My idea is that a little bit of help is better than no help at all.

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