The benefits of breastfeeding has been long documented, and we know that nursing our infants can boost their intelligence, increase their immunity, and reduce their chances of developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol later in life. Now a new study from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire has found that when we breastfeed our children, it can significantly reduce the risk of their exposure to arsenic.
Comparative to infants who were formula fed, the study found that breastfed infants have significantly less arsenic in their urine. Lead author of the study, Professor Kathryn Cottingham, of the Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth said, “This study’s results highlight that breastfeeding can reduce arsenic exposure even at the relatively low levels of arsenic typically experienced in the United States. This is an important public health benefit of breastfeeding.”
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