Breast augmentation is best…it is our mantra; however, not all breastmilk is created equally. We all know you can pass toxins into your baby via breastmilk, however, formulations also contain toxins and genetically modified components. Mother Jones reported:
But even though artificial human milk is governed by the FDA, researchers in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered last year a thyroid-affecting chemical used in rocket fuel contaminates 15 brands of powdered baby formula, including two that accounted for 87 percent of market share in 2000.
That research is a little dated, but our world hasn’t become any less poisonous. Breast is best, as there are potential toxins in the formula and breast milk.
Placing the toxins argument aside, There’s another very important aspect of breastfeeding that is often overlooked…diet! Nutrition is focused on by prenatal care, but what about post natal care? I ate organic foods, although I know after my baby was born, I began drinking coffee. I did feel as though I could relax a bit after the baby was born, however that’s a really false misconception.
I came across a recent article that got me thinking about the Standard American Diet (SAD) and breastfeeding (via Cheeseslave). Is the passage of trans fat to baby via the breast.
Healthy Roots, Joyful Spirit writes:
But I have a question… What if the diet of this mother isn’t the ideal? What if the mother eats a typical American Diet packed with trans fats, pesticides, and genetically modified organisms. Then is breast best? Or not so much?
The Problem With Trans Fat
The majority of us know trans fats are bad information. We’re not talking about the small proportion of natural trans fat found in dairy and animal meats — we’re talking about artificial trans fat. Consumption of hydrogenated fats is associated with several other serious diseases, not only cancer but also atherosclerosis, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, immune system malfunction, low-birth-weight babies, birth defects, decreased visual acuity, sterility, issue in lactation and issues with tendons and bones. (source)
Trans fats can be present in processed foods like baked goods, pizza dough, frozen foods, margarine, and shortening and “meals” that comes from fast foods. These are. However, regrettably a massive majority of folks do…
Another study has been conducted at 2010 between a group of 96 girls; moms who only breastfed their infants, those who just consumed formula milk and people who used a mixture of breast milk and formula.
The research found the infants whose moms consumed more than 4.5 grams of trans fats daily whilst breast-feeding were twice as likely to have a higher proportion of body fat compared to babies whose mothers consumed lower amounts of trans fats. (source)
“Trans fats trapped because of predictor to increased adiposity in both moms and their babies,” said study co-author, assistant professor Alex Anderson, of the University of Georgia. (source)
Diet does matter. Diet especially matters when breastfeeding. Anything we eat, our children will consume.