Attenuated growth of breast-fed children exposed to increased concentrations of methylmercury and polychlorinated biphenyls.

@article{Grandjean2003AttenuatedGO,
  title={Attenuated growth of breast-fed children exposed to increased concentrations of methylmercury and polychlorinated biphenyls.},
  author={Philippe Grandjean and Esben Budtz-J\orgensen and Ulrike Steuerwald and Birger Gustav John Heinzow and Larry L Grandjean Needham and Poul J\orgen J\orgensen and P{\'a}l Weihe},
  journal={FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology},
  year={2003},
  volume={17 6},
  pages={699-701}
}
Breast-feeding has been linked to slowed postnatal growth. Although the basis for this "weanling's dilemma" is unclear, environmental contaminants in human milk may be of relevance. We studied a Faroese birth cohort of 182 singleton children, born at term in 1994-95. Concentrations of mercury in cord blood and of polychlorinated biphenyls in maternal milk were measured, and duration of breast-feeding was recorded. At 18 months, children who had been exclusively breast-fed for at least 6 months… CONTINUE READING