Breastfeeding Could Protect Your Baby From Pollution If You Do it Long Enough

breastfeeding baby momA new study has revealed how breastfeeding can help the negative effect of pollution on the development of a baby. Pollution is a concern for all us, particularly moms living in areas that have an abundance of environmental pollutants in the air. The pollution can have a negative effect on a baby's motor skills and mental development, but it was discovered that breastfeeding protects the child from the potential harm. 

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The study said that this is most critical to protect our children in the first four months of life. The pollution particle matter (PM2.5, which are acids, gases, chemicals, and soil and dust particles) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2, which comes from emissions from cars, trucks, and factories) can harm our babies during that important developmental time, but those that were breastfed were able to detoxify themselves. The wonderful powers of breast milk never cease to amaze.

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We know about all the benefits that breast milk provides when it comes to the health of our children (and us). And it's fantastic that mother's milk can detoxify harmful pollutants. But not everyone is able to breastfeed. Some moms can't at all. Some have to supplement. While we should be happy that breast milk does so much for our babies, we need to do more. We need to work on our pollution problem because it can also harm our children before they are even born -- and well into their life.

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In 2012, a study revealed that pregnant women who were exposed to high levels of pollution were up to three times more likely to have a child with autism. Pollution is dangerous. We can't all live in the woods far away from city life. As parents, we need to be mindful of so much, and this is just one more thing to add to the list. The health and safety of our kids is number one -- and it's about time more is done so we are all breathing clean air. I don't think that's too much to ask.

What do you think of this study? Does the pollution near your home concern you?

 

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