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Environmental Psychology

Just What’s Inside Those Breasts? : NPR


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Just What's Inside Those Breasts? : NPR.

Trace amounts of pesticides, dioxin and a jet fuel ingredient — as well as high to average levels of flame retardants — were all found in her breast milk. How could something like this happen?

“It turns out that our breasts are almost like sponges, the way they can soak up some of these chemicals, especially the ones that are fat-loving — the ones [that] tend to accumulate in fat tissue,” Williams tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “Unfortunately, the breast is also masterful at converting these molecules into food in the way of breast milk.”

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