A recent American study found that breastfeeding protects young children from exposure to the high levels of arsenic, which is found in artificial infant formula and ground wells, and may cause skin cancer, problems in growth and damage to the nervous system and the brain.
The researchers at the Center for Environmental Diseases Research at the American University of Dartmouth in their study, which was published on Monday in the Journal of Environmental Health Prospects, said that artificial infant formula contains high levels of arsenic compared to breast milk.
To reach the results of the study, the researchers analyzed samples of drinking water and other samples of 72 infants aged six weeks, in addition to samples of breast milk taken from nine women in the US state of New Hampshire.
The researchers found that drinking water, especially taken from wells, and artificial baby milk contain high levels of arsenic.
The leader of the research team at the Environmental Diseases Research Center, Dr. Margaret Karagas, said that the results of this study highlight that breastfeeding can reduce children’s exposure to arsenic. Families who drink from well water advised to analyze this water to test the percentage of arsenic in it.
The arsenic element is one of the most toxic substances, and is found at high levels in well water, causes cancer, and is linked to an increase in the rate of fetal deaths and low weight at birth, and affects the perception functions in children.
Previous studies revealed that there are small amounts of arsenic and other toxins, which are found in the soil, crawled to the ingredients used in the best -selling children in the world, especially industrial dairy.