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breastfeeding

Breast feeding bonds child to mother. Babies three months and under should ideally be fed only breast milk. The breast milk of vegetarians may only have 1-2% of PCBs, DDTs, and dioxins, but breastfeeding vegans must be sure to get adequate Vitamin B12 (see also here, here) and iodine to ensure the health of their baby. Unfortunately, there has been a recent spike of PBDEs (flame retardant chemicals) in breast milk.

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