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To breastfeed or not to breastfeed: a review of the impact of lactational exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20960982     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Researchers have long debated the adverse effects of exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on children versus the benefits of breastfeeding. In this article, the authors provide an overview of the known health effects of PCBs in children and examine the level of evidence regarding the risk of postnatal exposure via breastfeeding. The major source of PCBs is environmental, with over 90% of human exposure through the food chain. PCB exposure in infants is predominantly via breast milk, but limited evidence exists of significant toxicity associated with this mode of transmission. Breastfeeding should, therefore, continue to be encouraged on the basis of evidence of the benefits derived from human milk coupled with inconclusive proof that lactational PCB exposure has major detrimental effects on the overall health and development of infants.
Muktar H Aliyu; Amina P Alio; Hamisu M Salihu
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental health     Volume:  73     ISSN:  0022-0892     ISO Abbreviation:  J Environ Health     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-21     Completed Date:  2010-11-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0405525     Medline TA:  J Environ Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  8-14; quiz 32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa 33612, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding / adverse effects*
Decision Making*
Education, Continuing
Polychlorinated Biphenyls / administration & dosage,  adverse effects*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Polychlorinated Biphenyls

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