Breast Feeding Can Reduce Arsenic Exposure

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Breast feeding is known to cause several benefits. According to a US study on urinary arsenic in babies, formula-fed infants had higher arsenic levels than breast-fed infants, and that breast milk itself contained very low arsenic concentrations.

Arsenic causes cancers, increased fetal mortality, decreased birth weight, diminished cognitive function and other diseases. According to lead author, Professor Kathryn Cottingham, breast feeding can reduce arsenic exposure. It is an important public health benefit of breastfeeding. Researchers also advised that families with private wells get their water tested for arsenic.

One more reasons why mothers should breast feed their children!

Source: Medical Xpress

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