Current conditions in Genesee County - particularly in the city of Flint - have resulted in pregnant mothers, breastfeeding mothers and their infants being exposed to lead via contaminated drinking water. The exposure has raised questions regarding the safety of initiating and continuing breastfeeding. Maternal feeding decisions in the face of lead exposure do require careful consideration on a case-by-case basis. Health care providers should have access to lead levels of mother and baby, when applicable, and use them to carefully weigh the risks and exposure to the significant risk of not breastfeeding.
The Michigan Breastfeeding Network has issued the following statement and recommendations:
If you live in the greater Flint area and you need breastfeeding support:
From Genesee County Health Department (GCHD):
From the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):