Fit Pregnancy’s current issue has a great article on how mindful mamas can keep their breastmilk pure. Since scientists can easily test milk for contaminents, we know of quite a few toxins that do find there way to baby through mother’s milk. Some toxins, like alcohol, clear out from the body rather quickly. Unfortunately, many more toxins linger in the body for years because they are stored in body fat. When you breastfeed, your body taps into those fats to make breastmilk. Experts say that despite these toxins, breastmilk is definitely best for baby. Still, I know that your goal, like mine, will be to produce the purest milk possible for baby. Here are some tips from Fit Pregnancy:
- Alcohol (consumed): an occasional drink is OK, but do so immediately after nursing to give your body time to clear before the next feeding.
- Biphenal A/BPA (consumed/absorbed): Don’t eat or drink from plastics with recylcing code no. 7; avoid canned foods.
- Flame Retardants (consumed/inhaled/absorbed): Choose curtains, furniture, and mattresses without brominated flame retardents.
- Mercury (consumed): Don’t eat tilefish, shark, swordfish, or king mackeral. Fit Pregnancy says to “limit tuna”, but from my research, I’d stay clear.
- Pesticides (consumed/inhaled/absorbed): Don’t use flea treatments or insecticides in your home or office. Eat organic food.
- Plastic Softeners/Phthalates (consumed/inhaled/absorbed): Avoid vinyl of any kind (shower curtains, packaging and plastic toys are common culprits), “cling” wrap, plastics with recycling code no. 3.
- Solvents (inhaled/absorbed): Avoid conventional nail polish, nail polish remover, cleaning solvents, paints, dry cleaners and pumping gas.
- Synthetic Fragrances (inhaled/absorbed): Choose fragrance-free cosmetics, detergents and deodorants or those fragranced with “essential oils” only.
- Unnecessary Medications (consumed/inhaled/absorbed): Ask your doctor before taking any over-the-counter or prescription drug. For info on risks, visit motherisk.org.
Although these recommendations are designed for breastfeeding moms, they really pertain to us all. If you’re pregnant, your lifestyle protects baby during his or her most critical times. If your baby is weaned, your child is directly interacting with plastics, cosmetics, mattresses, etc. so you’ll want to purify your lifestyle to support your child’s personal development. Every step you take to a cleaner, toxin-free life is a step in the right direction for us all!