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BREASTFEEDING MAY PROTECT BABIES FROM ARSENIC EXPOSURE
The contents used in making baby formula that is power and water, may just be the source of arsenic.
A new study shows that babies who are breastfed on a regular basis tend to have a lower risk of being exposed to arsenic than those who are constantly being fed baby formula.
In large doses arsenic are known to be very dangerous and have previously been linked to serious kid health problems, the researchers write in the journal titled Environmental Health Perspective.
According to Kathryn Cottingham, one of the study’s lead author, parents who are looking at feeding their baby with baby formula should not feel bad about it instead they should focus on the water which they use to make the baby formula with.
Cottingham, who works at a Center for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research in Hannover, New Hampshire at a Dartmouth College, also adds that “People who don’t know what’s going on in their water should test their water before use.”
Cottingham together with other authors who participated in the study revealed that arsenic usually occurs naturally in bedrock thus they tend to be a common contaminant of well water. Unlike other states in the U.S., New Hampshire doesn’t have a system put in place so as to regulate the amount of arsenic which should be present in public water.
When this water is mixed with the powder to make baby formula, babies are usually at a high risk of being exposed to high levels of arsenic.
It’s good to note that past research by various scholars have proven that breast milk doesn’t have high levels of arsenic even in instances where the mother has been exposed to high levels of arsenic.