The Detox Project is raising awareness regarding the possible harm caused by the world’s number one pesticide – glyphosate. If levels of glyphosate are found in U.S. mothers’ breast milk through scientifically valid testing methods we will be asking the correct authorities to take action to protect mothers and children across the country.
However, this does not mean that we will advocate for mothers to stop breastfeeding. It is highly likely that infant formulas also contain levels of glyphosate. The Detox Project supports the fact that ‘Breast Is Best’.
A recent long-term Brazilian study on 6,000 babies from all backgrounds showed that those who breastfed were more intelligent, spent longer in education and earned more.
According to the UK National Health Service (NHS) breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Exclusive breastfeeding (giving your baby breast milk only) is recommended for around the first six months (26 weeks) of your baby’s life. After that, giving your baby breast milk alongside other food will help them continue to grow and develop.
Breastfeeding is good for babies. Breastfed babies have:
- less chance of diarrhoea and vomiting and having to go to hospital as a result
- fewer chest and ear infections and having to go to hospital as a result
- less chance of being constipated
Any amount of breastfeeding has a positive effect. The longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts and the greater the benefits.
Infant formula doesn’t give your baby the same ingredients or provide the same protection. Breast milk adapts to meet your baby’s changing needs.
Health benefits for you
Breastfeeding doesn’t only benefit your baby. It benefits your health too. Breastfeeding is good for mums as it:
- lowers your risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer
- naturally uses up to 500 calories a day
- saves money – infant formula, the sterilising equipment and feeding equipment can be costly
- can help to build a strong bond between you and your baby