This excerpt is lifted directly from a review that appeared in The New York Times:
The breast milk of the writer Florence Williams contains a striking level of perchlorate, a key component of rocket fuel. Her mammary glands are no different from those of most American women. Breast-feeding still passes many good things from mother to baby: vitamins, minerals and “a solid hedge of extras to help ward off a lifetime of diseases.” But the practice also typically transfers “paint thinners, dry-cleaning fluids, wood preservatives, toilet deodorizers, cosmetic additives, gasoline by-products, rocket fuel, termite poisons, fungicides” and varieties of flame retardants, one of which, Penta-BDE, was banned by the European Union because of its chronic toxicity to humans.
Consider reading: BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams,
W. W. Norton & Company. $25.95.