Nov 10, 2018
by editorial team
Moms will often breastfeed infants for positive health benefits.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding can protect infants against a variety of diseases and conditions, such as respiratory tract infection, diabetes, leukemia, childhood obesity and more.
However, chemicals found in breast pumps may be contributing to the same health conditions that moms are trying to avoid.
In this article, we’ll explore the chemicals found in conventional breast pumps, possible health effects and how to find a nontoxic breast pump.
Breast pumps are typically made out of plastic.
The unit, tubing, and bottles (that you pump the breast milk into) are made of different types of plastic. For example, tubing is a softer plastic than bottles.
These plastics are often made of chemicals such as:
Chemicals found in conventional breast pumps may contribute to long term and short term health effects.
Infants, babies, and children may be affected even more than adults due to their small size and developing bodies.
Here are a few of the possible health effects that chemicals in plastics may be contributing to:
Using plastic breast pumps may contribute to health conditions that moms are trying to avoid by breastfeeding their infants.
Consider choosing nontoxic breast pump or hand expressing breast milk.
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This article is for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that it features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. Views expressed in this article by an expert are the views of the expert and do not necessarily represent the views of Nontoxic Living or Ruan Living.
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