Microplastics – Presence During Infant Lactational Period Studied

The abstract of a January 1, 2023 Science of The Total Environment article https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969722057989 by researchers with China Fudan University and China Tongji University School of Medicine reports that “… Pregnancy and infancy are sensitive windows for environmental exposures. However, no study has investigated the presence of microplastics (MPs) in mother-infant pairs, and the exposure sources. Therefore, we aim to assess MPs exposure in placenta, meconium, infant feces, breast milk and infant formula samples, and assess the potential sources of pregnancy and lactational exposure to MPs … Sixteen types of MPs were identified, and polyamide (PA) and polyurethane (PU) were dominant … The breastfeeding and usage of feeding bottles and plastic toys may be exposure sources for infants. Given the lack of relevant studies, our results highlight the need of investigating the contribution of plastic products to the MPs exposure during the lactational period …” #MicroPlastics #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic