Actress Says Breastfeeding Could Be Poisoning Babies

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breastfeeding Fran Drescher certainly isn't an actress who is afraid of getting her hands dirty. The cackly star of The Nanny and the new flick Hotel Transylvania has entered the mommy wars, and boy did she come out swinging. She wants breastfeeding moms to know there's poison in their breast milk ... and they're passing that right on to their babies. Yikes!

So is Drescher crazy? It's scary, but the uterine cancer survivor may have a bit of a point.

A big advocate of product safety since beating cancer, Drescher was talking about the chemicals floating around in grown women's bodies, many of which leach into breast milk and are thereby passed on to baby. Her big fear is flame retardants:

American women have the highest amount of flame retardant in their breast milk ... We’re selling these women that breast milk is the second coming.

Like it or not, she's sort of right. Scientists have found flame retardants in human breast milk, and they have been warning American moms that they are dangerous. What's more, breasts and breast milk have been found to have scary levels of toxic nasties like lead and DDT over the years because toxins like to land in the fatty cells of our body ... and breasts have plenty of those. So all those toxins that they warn could be causing cancer to us because they're in our bodies are passed right into helpless little babies.

OK, so it's not "poisoning" babies, but kids are definitely getting the raw end of the stick here.

Drescher lost me a little when she said what moms really need do is to take a three-day test that involves peeing into a tank to ensure you aren't passing along crap to your kids. Suuuuure. Because we busy moms all have time for that, right? Sign me right up! Uh huh ...

If you have the energy and time for that, OK. But doctors still say that breast is best, even when you consider the risks of what is passing from Mom to baby. Babies are still getting immunities and plenty of other good stuff from mom.

Breast milk is still the best you can get, and -- I say this as a mom who ended up having to formula feed in the end -- at least you can control what you're taking in and sending out to some extent. You can try to avoid these chemicals as much as possible. You can make it a point to wash your hands after touching things, eat nutritious meals that counteract the toxins, etc.

We don't like to hear what Fran Drescher is saying here. We want a clear world where either formula or breastfeeding is perfect for our kids. But it doesn't work that way. So we have to do the best with what we have.

Do you worry about what's in your breast milk? Is it enough to make you stop breastfeeding?


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miche... micheledo

I would guess that formula would be equally as bad when it comes to chemicals and toxins in it.    Assuming the level of toxins are equal (and I really think they are probably worse in formula, but let's just say it is the same), breastmilk still has a hundred other ingredients that formula can't begin to touch.  Breastmilk is still MUCH better.

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MamaD... MamaDV1012

I'm not worried about it.  I work in the environmental field and undergo an annual physical exam the includes comprehensive testing of my blood and urine.  It's not fun but I know what my exposure levels are and passed on all of them. 

Melan... Melanie420

I dont breastfeed and I didnt want to, regardless of what doctors say, research has proven different, most doctors want money, if you take birth control the hormones pass to your child because they mostly go through your body and dont stay there which is why birth control doesnt always work, but doctors have no problem giving out birth control perscriptions. Everything you eat goes to your baby, even if its "healthy" there is still bad shit in it just like every food these days, formula dont have toxins or chemicals, its fucking power make from milk protein ffs. All the chemicals like aspertaime that completely fucks your brain is in the food you eat and passed to your baby, my bab y hasnt has aspetaime in his bottle

nonmember avatar Michelle

@Melanie420..wha?!? Not sure what color the sky in your world is but you honestly believe formula is "cleaner" than breastmilk? So the fact that a larger percentage of our formula supply is coming from China, where there are melamine recalls daily, doesn't faze you? Judging by your 4th grade writing ability, I assume you buy your formula at WalMart so you may want to do a little research on the formula market. Yes, it is fairly well regulated in the U.S. but it is nowhere near perfect.

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

There was a study done on this. Breastmilk is cleaner than the air you breathe. End of discussion.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

OHMUHGAWD! Cant we just be happy that our children are being FED, period? Theres nothing wrong with formula and I'm sure that MOST breastfeeding mothers arent exactly living in toxic waste, so the kids are just fine either way....Geebus O.o

purpl... purpleflower514

@Melanie420- there is so much wrong with what you just said that I don't even know where to begin.

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"I dont breastfeed and I didnt want to, regardless of what doctors say . . ."

That's all I needed to hear. Everything after that statement is just noise. Take your meds sweetie, your crazy side is showing.


Melanie might have a point, actually. There are dozens of terrifying chemicals found in breast milk (DDT, Teflon, Scotchguard) that are not found in organic formula.

My opinion is that unless you stick to a strict organic diet (and don't use nonstick pans) while breast feeding, it's almost a toss up.

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