There is a crisis involving environmental toxins in human breast milk. While you may not be able to control the air that you breath, or the fact that there the flame retardants in your stereo are getting in to your blood stream and being stored in the breasts, what you can control is the food you eat, and how much plastic and other toxic chemicals you get into contact with.
One of the causes of toxins in breast milk are growth hormones found in meat and dairy from cattle that have been treated with hormones to make them bigger and fatter.
Another is the plastic additive BPA, which acts like the sex hormone estrogen, and may be linked to cancer and reproductive problems in animals. Most plastic products, from package wrappers to plastic in wall to wall carpeting to water bottles, contain BPA.
There was a great episode on NPR’s Fresh Air, with Terry Gross, recently, entitle Just What’s Inside Those Breasts, which is an interview with Florence Williams, the author of Breasts, a Natural and Unnatural History.
What can you do to protect your breasts, and the health of your children who are breast feeding. (This is an even larger issue, as there is an epidemic of boy’s being born with deformed genitals as well as abnormally large breasts. There is also an epidemic of girls reaching puberty at age 5,6, and 7.)
1. If you eat meat or dairy, only eat it from cows that have not been given growth hormone. If you live in the country, raise your own chickens, otherwise I tend to get mine at whole foods or the farmers market.
The best hormone free chicken I have found at my Whole Foods is the truly free range one they get in on Wednesdays, (the others are also hormone free, but live in coops rather than truly outdoors) which are smaller, have longer legs, a fresh smell, and better taste. I think they call them Pastured Chickens. They cost a bit more but are worth it.
I do not know this company personally, and I have not tried their chicken, but they claim to be truly free range. Check it out and please let me know.
2. Only buy and use milk and dairy from cows that have not received hormones. This is pretty easy to come by, even at the major supers. Although, given a choice, I prefer milk from grass-fed cows and goats, as the fat has a much better health profile.
3. Minimize your use of plastics.
1. Don’t use plastic shopping bags, disposable or recyclable
2. Use stainless steel of glass water bottles
3. Use carpeting made from wool, not plastic.
4. Do not handle all the various receipts you get from the bank, grocery, etc. They all use inks that act like plastics and are estrogen mimickers or otherwise affect the endocrine system.
That is it for now! Thank you!