MEDIA RELEASE - 4th September 1998
For the sake of breastfed babies – please be
New Australian and US research on lead in breastmilk was released today by the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the CSIRO has put out a media release entitled "International Study Finds Lead Risk in Mothers Milk".
Please note that cows are mothers too! The lead in mothers milk which the research by Professor Brian Gulson of CSIRO has shown derives in large part from the mothers bones, also apparently enters cows milk from the cows bones. So, artificial baby milks and cows milk also contain lead.
"Experts all agree that breastfeeding should continue unless there has been severe lead poisoning diagnosed in the mother during her life" according to Dale Nigro Australian Breastfeeding Association (formerly Nursing Mothers Association of Australia). Elizabeth OBrien of The LEAD Group applauds the research efforts of Professor Gulson and his team in tracking lead from its sources, into women's blood, then to be stored in the bones, for later release when you become pregnant and breastfeed. "His groundbreaking research will help all women and parents of daughters, to minimise future lead exposure in order to protect the next generation. Further research funds are needed urgently to investigate the protective effect of calcium supplementation in slowing the release of lead from the mothers bones" says Elizabeth 0'Brien.
A new factsheet (following) is being released jointly today by Nursing Mothers Association of Australia and The LEAD Group, to answer mothers questions about lead. Please read it. Please dont create a panic that stops mothers from breastfeeding before being tested!
The LEAD Group is a community group aiming to eliminate childhood and foetal lead poisoning in Australia by the year 2002.
Contact: Elizabeth OBrien,
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