Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History is the story of how breasts went from being honoured by the environment to being harmed by it; a revealing and at times alarming look at the way the changes in our environments, diets and lifestyles have altered our breasts, our health and, ultimately, the health of future generations.
As part of the research for this book, science journalist Florence Williams underwent tests on her own breasts and breastmilk. She was shocked to learn that they contained fire retardants and a whole host of other chemicals, all ingested throughout her life and stored in her breast tissue.
Note from CAPERS: This book offers an interesting perspective into the potential contamination of breasts and thus breastmilk in modern society. We suggest that it is read with a critical eye. The contamination of breastmilk is a symptom of a widespread environmental health issue. It should not be used as a reason to discourage breastfeeding. Other resources offer helpful information on reducing your chemical load prior to/during pregnancy and breastfeeding, eg Jan Roberts Healthy Parents, Healthy Baby.