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Benefits of Breastfeeding Outweigh Potential Chemical Exposure

A recent study revealed that 100 percent of collected breastmilk samples contained PFAs, causing concern for breastfed babies and their exposure to PFAs. This leaves mothers wondering if they should get tested for PFA levels before continuing to breastfeed. According to Pediatrix-affiliated neonatologist Dr. Jenelle Ferry, in almost all cases, mothers should continue breastfeeding. “The benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh potential, and likely small, negative effects of PFAs,” she said. “Breastfeeding conveys benefits for the infant (decreased obesity, ear and respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome), as well as the mother (decreased risk of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and breast and ovarian cancers).”  

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