Many women report difficulties producing breastmilk. Sometimes this is a matter of perception, but researchers are looking at physical factors, too.
"Along with her colleagues, Amalie Timmermann, a research assistant in the Department of Environmental Medicine at the University of Southern Denmark, assessed 1,130 women from two birth cohorts in the Faroe Islands, a Danish archipelago in the North Atlantic. The researchers measured the levels of PFC chemicals in each mother’s blood. For some mothers they took measurements late in pregnancy, for others they measured levels shortly after they gave birth.
Women with the highest levels of one PFC called perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) in their blood stopped breastfeeding almost one-and-a-half months earlier than women with the lowest levels of the chemical. Women with higher levels of another PFC called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) stopped exclusive breastfeeding about 15 days earlier. Exclusive breastfeeding meant that the infants received only breast milk or water, but no other foods during that time. Many mothers continue to breastfeed for some time after introducing formula or other foods. The study was published in July in the journal Reproductive Toxicology."
13. Sep 2016
The Enduring Mysteries of Low Breastmilk Production