Although breastmilk is believed to be this almost holy liquor nature offers as a gift for those who enrich the territories of the Earth with a new born soul, science is here to prove the contrary. Breastmilk is essential for an infant, to develop antibodies and relate to other human beings, such as mom, who is the center of his universe until he learns a bit about autonomy and movement. That milk which comes from a woman’s breast acts like magic for a baby, who gains strength and becomes able to grow related body functions, movement, well, in fewer words, to grow healthy.
The benefits of breastfeeding are sometimes exaggerated, we tend to place our traditional beliefs on a pedestal, which makes us become narrow minded sometimes, thus fail to understand that nothing in this world is without flaw or only designed to bring advantages, without a single price to be paid. Breastmilk indeed includes the exact nutritional proportions our babies need. Nursing relates to undeniable benefits, such as reduced rates of breast cancer among mothers and reduced ear infections in infants. Maternal antibodies are transferred through breastmilk but it’s fairly ironic that a new research suggests how those very substances could harm your baby, as they are filled with some sort of chemicals.
Scientists have discovered that a widespread and possibly harmful class of industrial chemicals accumulates fairly easily in human breast milk and can build up to extremely worrying levels in infants who are breast-fed.
These chemicals are known under the name of alkylate substances and are used in stainproof textiles, waterproof clothing, food packaging and paints. Who would have thought that the liquor sent from the holy gods could come with such vulgar additives? Independent studies have shown that these PFASs can cause cancer and interfere with the immune and reproductive systems. Studies have been performed on lab animals but the results are as relevant as they could be for humans as well.
To come up with the findings researchers from Boston and Danish institutions have analyzed samples of breast milk and children who were exclusively fed with mother’s food. They found that in these cases, PFAS concentration in infant blood were increased by about 20 to 30% each month.
Blood samples from babies were collected at different points in their lives. Respectively at the time of birth, at 11 months of life, 18 months and five years. Researchers have also assessed the samples from children’s mother at 32 weeks of pregnancy. After gathering the data, researchers have undoubtedly concluded that breastfed infants are exposed to harmful chemicals.
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