1. We used to think that breast milk was just a food and that it was filled with fats and proteins and vitamins and that formula companies were successfully able to mimic this. But we now know that there are substances in breast milk that exist almost at the same levels that are not digestible by infants. So what are they doing there? It turns out, they’re digestible by beneficial bacteria. So over millions of years, the mother has been creating a substance that will recruit useful bacteria into her infant’s gut and this sets her infant up for life. So as much as breast milk is a food, we also now understand that it’s also a medicine.

    — Florence Williams on the benefits of breast milk

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  1. Trace amounts of pesticides, dioxin and a jet fuel ingredient – as well as high-to-average levels of flame retardants.

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    When science journalist Florence Williams was nursing her second child, she read a research study about toxins found in human breast milk. She decided to test her own breast milk and shipped a sample to a lab in Germany.

    What came back surprised her.

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  1. Breasts: Bigger And More Vulnerable To Toxins

    Breasts: Bigger And More Vulnerable To Toxins

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  1. Today’s show: why breasts are getting bigger, why breast milk isn’t as pure as you think it is, why breast cancer rates are increasing…[show link here]
3/6/10 (by kristiniscool - 365Project)

    Today’s show: why breasts are getting bigger, why breast milk isn’t as pure as you think it is, why breast cancer rates are increasing…[show link here]

    3/6/10 (by kristiniscool - 365Project)

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  1. Tomorrow: Breasts are getting bigger and arriving earlier. And breast milk might not be as pure as you think it is. We’ll talk to science writer Florence Williams about her new book, Breasts. 
Sprinkler Alarms (by spronkey)

    Tomorrow: Breasts are getting bigger and arriving earlier. And breast milk might not be as pure as you think it is. We’ll talk to science writer Florence Williams about her new book, Breasts.

    Sprinkler Alarms (by spronkey)

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  1. Tomorrow: a social history of breasts with science writer Florence Williams
My Peaks are Stiff ~ Cliché Saturday (by Bunny Spice)

    Tomorrow: a social history of breasts with science writer Florence Williams

    My Peaks are Stiff ~ Cliché Saturday (by Bunny Spice)

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