IBFAN Statement on Infant and Young Child Feeding and Chemical Residues

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Much more is now known about chemical residues in breastmilk, formula, feeding bottles and baby foods than when the first IBFAN2 Statement on Breastfeeding and Dioxins was published in 2000. As a consequence, the scope of this revised statement extends beyond dioxins to cover other chemical residues that can be found in breastmilk. It also covers those that may contaminate infant formula and baby foods, as well as be found in feeding bottles and teats.
Further research has emphasised the potential for harm due to chemical exposures during pregnancy, at a time when the tissues and organs of the unborn child are developing rapidly. There is now far greater understanding of the beneficial effects of breastfeeding and its role in mitigating the harmful effects of exposure to chemicals in the womb. Conversely, the risks of contaminated infant formulas and feeding products are better known, as is the fact that formula feeding does not afford any protection to babies exposed to chemicals in the womb.