Plastic particles found in mother's breast milk!
Microplastic particles have already been found in human blood. This time, this harmful substance was also detected in the mother's breast milk. For the first time, Italian scientists have detected microplastics in breast milk. This has created concern among experts. They fear that it may have an adverse effect on the health of the newborn. However, researchers also say that the benefits of mother's milk for the baby are much greater than the risks of microplastics found so far. Khabar Guardian.
Microplastics are very small particles of plastic, less than 5 millimeters in length. Microplastics found in breast milk include polyethylene, PVC and polypropylene.
The research report was recently published in the Swiss-based science journal Polymers. As part of the study, scientists collected breast milk samples from 34 healthy mothers in Italy. A week after giving birth, breast milk samples were taken from these mothers.
Later studies showed that microscopic plastic particles existed in three-quarters of the samples.
According to the researchers, the mothers who participated in the study were observed on the types of food, drinking in plastic bottles, use of cosmetics wrapped in plastic.
Scientists fear that people all over the world will inevitably come in contact with plastic particles that exist throughout the environment. Somehow it is going into the body through food. And in this the mother's milk has entered the microscopic plastic material.
Professor Valentina Notarstefano of Italy's Polytechnica del Marche University, one of the research team, said the presence of plastic particles in breast milk is definitely a concern for newborns. But the benefits of breastfeeding newborns far outweigh the harms of tiny plastic particles.
He said, the research does not mean that the baby should stop breastfeeding. More than that, steps and public awareness are necessary to reduce pollution. Efforts to reduce exposure to plastic, especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding, are also important. Therefore, during pregnancy, women should avoid plastic food and drinks, plastic wrap cosmetics and toothpaste, and even synthetic clothes.