Fluoride: Another Reason Breast is Best

27 May

This Post is now part of the Natural Parents Network Best of 2011 Carnival. This one was posted way before I had much of a readership so I brought it back for the carnival because it is the post I most want for parents to read for informational purposes. Don’t forget to read the there excellent carnival posts linked at the bottom!
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Like many parents, I was suspicious of putting anything into my baby except what comes from my breast and local organic produce. But at around ten months of age, I began giving my daughter a little water in a sippy cup, not remembering that our local water is fluoridated. I guess I somehow thought all the “bad stuff” got filtered out through our Britta. It doesn’t.

As it turns out, way back in 2006, the American Dental Association began recommending that babies under a year not drink fluoridated water due to growing risk of a disease called dental fluorosis which affects newly developing teeth. This includes water that formula is mixed with. Not a one parent I have talked to since learning this had known recommendation. Fluorosis can come as either pitting or white spots on the teeth and those of us who live in fluoridated areas have seen this in local children.

Fortunately, the ADA recommends children be breastfed for one year. Human milk seems to have a barrier against fluoride transfer and is only found in extremely small amounts. Studies of human milk in Sweden and Thailand found no increase in the level of fluoride in breast milk in areas where the amount of fluoride in the water was higher than others.

Lactivist that I may be, there are important people in my life who formula feed out of choice or because they supplement multiples or because they have adopted. I want these families to know about fluoride in formula.

The ADA site states:
If liquid concentrate or powdered infant formula is the primary source of nutrition, it can be mixed with water that is fluoride free or contains low levels of fluoride to reduce the risk of fluorosis. Examples are water that is labeled purified, demineralized, deionized, distilled or reverse osmosis filtered water. Many grocery stores sell these types of drinking water for less than $1 per gallon.”

But how many formula-feeding parents have likely read this statement?

The ADA suggests parents use ready-to-feed liquid formula instead but many ready-to-feed formulas in bottles and cans also have very high levels of BPA. We know that such distilled and bottled waters are packaged in plastics which can leach chemicals into the water. The choice for formula-feeding parents here seems to be: would you rather your child ingest too much fluoride of phthalates and BPA?

In January of 2011, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Health and Human Services announced a recommendation to substantially lower the legal limit of fluoride in tap water from 1.2 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water to 0.7. That is just the recommended amount, however. The current legal limit is very high 4 mg/liter.

You can find your city’s level of fluoridation at this CDC website here.

Though FluorideAlert.org is decidedly biased as an activist website, they recently provide an astonishing chart of 23 studies worldwide on fluoride and intelligence, almost all of them concluding that fluoridated water seems to produce a lower IQ in children. Other studies on the website seem to suggest fluoride can bioaccumulate in the body wreaking havoc on the endocrine system and causing fluorosis and fracture of the skeletal system.

Britta, PUR filters and the like do not remove fluoride. As a natural parent concerned about the Earth and my family’s health, I would prefer not to have bottled water in my house. What’s a mom to do?

There are three main types of water filtration systems that do remove from 95-99 percent of fluoride. The  Activated Alumina Defluoridation filter is the most affordable, followed by   the longer lasting and whole-home fluoride filters are spendier and include “bone-char” systems (not vegetarian), and reverse-osmosis filters.

For now, we have decided to buy the BPA free water containers at the health food store and fill them weekly with the purified water there. It is free of chlorine (which has been smelling really awful to me in Seattle water) and fluoride and pharmaceuticals. After just a few days with our new water, I am unable to stomach the city water, even filtered through the Britta.

Maybe you have noticed that fluoride toothpaste now comes with the poison warning label. We are told to contact the Poison Control Center if more than used for brushing is swallowed. I swallowed a lot of fluoride toothpaste as a child; it tasted like candy.
If fluoride is a poison, should it be in our drinking water at all? Some of us are trying to drink 8 glasses a day of the stuff.

Many cities around the world have chosen not to fluoridate their water. In parts of British Columbia, Canada and Germany Studies showed that ending water fluoridation does not increase cavities and somehow even lessened them.

I am concerned about the safety of all children in our communities and will be alerting others through joining the effort to get my own city to put fluoride and formula warning on all water bills.

What water does your family drink? What do you think about fluoride toothpaste? What is the fluoridation level in your town? I would love your comments here!

Thank you to my friend Laurie Bullock for bringing this topic to my attention and thank you to her for personally questioning our city of Seattle government about providing fluoride and formula warnings.

I am proud and honored to be volunteer with the Natural Parents Network (NPN), a community of natural-minded parents and parents-to-be where you will be informed, empowered, and inspired. When you visit the NPN’s website you can find articles and posts about Activism, Balance, Consistent Care, Ecological Responsibility, Family Safety, Feeding With Love, Gentle Discipline, Healthy Living, Holistic Health, Natural Learning, Nurturing Touch, Parenting Philosophies, Practical Home Help, Preparing for Parenting, Responding With Sensitivity, Safe Sleep, and so much more!

The volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to make NPN the outstanding resource it is also spend countless hours informing and inspiring others on their personal blogs. To close out 2011, the NPN volunteers have come together to provide you with some valuable reading material. Each volunteer has selected either their most viewed post of 2011 or their favorite post and shared the link here. Please take a few moments to visit each post. Our intention is to expand our reach as bloggers and informed parents and parents-to-be who are still growing as we move through our own journeys. Each volunteer has provided links to other social media sites where you can follow them as well.

We hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as we enjoyed writing them. We are always looking for new volunteers so please, contact us if you are interested. Just a few hours per month can help other mamas in a huge way!

Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter shares her Christmas Cookie Swap Blog Hop, which is her fourth annual virtual cookie swap and most popular post of the year. Please stop by and link up your favorite holiday recipe until Dec. 31. You can find Farmer’s Daughter on Facebook and Twitter.

Adrienne from Mommying My Way shares Fear vs. Faith, one of her favorite posts about how often living a life of faith can look like a life of fear, but the two are really quite different. You can also find Mommying My Way on Facebook.

Alicia of Lactation Narration retells the story of her oldest daughter’s 5 years of nursing and weaning in her favorite post of 2011, The Weaning Party. You can find Lactation Narration on Facebook and Twitter.

Amy of Toddler In Tow shares Finding My Mommy-Zen, her most viewed post of 2011. In this post, she shares her desire to balance her own self-esteem by choice in order to parent with peace and compassion. You can also find Toddler In Tow on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, and follow Amyables (Amy W.) on Google + and Ravelry.

Arpita of Up, Down, and Natural shares one of her most popular posts titled Reflections. This is a beautiful look at the type of mother she wants to be. You can find Up, Down, and Natural on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Charise of I Thought I Knew Mama shares Why Do Children Have More Food Allergies Than Ever Before?, her most viewed post of 2011. This post explains the shocking info that one unsuspecting mother discovered when she started researching why her daughter had a violent allergic reaction to eggs. This is a must read post for ensuring the health of your family. You can also find I Thought I Knew Mama on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Stumbleupon.

Christine of African Babies Don’t Cry shares The Best First Food for Babies, one of her favourite posts of 2011. This well-researched post delves into the healthiest and most nutritious food to feed your baby. You can also find African Babies Don’t Cry on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest.

Cynthia of The Hippie Housewife shares Gentle Discipline for Toddlers, her most viewed post of 2011. This post describes five gentle discipline tools for parenting toddlers. You can also find The Hippie Housewife on Facebook, Google +, and Pinterest.

Darcel of The Mahogany Way shares how Babywearing As a Way of Life one of her favorite post of 2011. This post showcases some beautiful woven wraps that she has purchased, traded, borrowed, and sold over the years. Darcel also talks about the benefits of babywearing from the newborn through toddler stage. You can also find Darcel{ The Mahogany Way} on Facebook, Twitter, Her Community for Mothers of Color, and Pinterest.

Dionna of Code Name Mama shares 50 Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids Plus Fun Serving Suggestions, her most viewed post of 2011. Most of these snacks are quick to fix and portable, so you can pack them to send with your child on play dates, at preschool, or to just have handy in the refrigerator for when your child wants to grab a bite to eat “all by himself.” You can find Dionna on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Erica at ChildOrganics shares a post that is not only close to her heart, but also her most viewed post for 2011 titled Attachment Parenting in the NICU. This post shares her top 10 tips for parenting should you find yourself with a baby in the NICU. You can also find Erica on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Gretchen of That Mama Gretchen shares her personal experience of returning to work, expressing milk, and the ups and downs in between in her 2011 most viewed post, Mama’s Milk. You can also find Gretchen on GFC, Blog Lovin’, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Isil of Smiling like Sunshine shares how to make an autumn tree using pumpkin seeds, her most popular post in 2011. This post features a lovely craft activity that you can do with your kids! You can also find Isil on Facebook and Twitter.

Jennifer of Hybrid Rasta Mama shares 80 Uses For Coconut Oil, her most viewed post of 2011. This comprehensive post provides background information on the benefits of coconut oil as well as outlines 80 uses for it. You can also find Hybrid Rasta Mama on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and Pinterest.

Jennifer of True Confessions of a Real Mommy shares her most popular post of 2011, Weekly House Blessing (Otherwise Known as Cleaning Once a Week). This post outlines a once per week cleaning routine for busy moms. You can also find Jennifer on Twitter.

Joella, the mama behind Fine and Fair, shares An Unusual Gripe with Bebe Gluton, one of her most popular posts of 2011. In it, she discusses the controversy surrounding a “breastfeeding doll” and offers her take on the gender role implications of dolls in general. Fine and Fair can also be found on twitter and facebook.

Julia of A Little Bit of All of It shares the story of how her co-sleeping relationship ended with her daughter, her most viewed post of 2011. This post shows how her daughter transitioned to her own bed on her 2nd birthday and the emotions involved for her mom. You can also find A Little Bit of All of It on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and Pinterest.

Kat at Loving {Almost} Every Moment shares True Blessings: White Noise and Grandparents, her most viewed post of 2011. In this post, Kat talks about how she maximizes getting sleep and how grateful and blessed she is to have her parents be so involved in helping and spending time with her kiddos.

Kelly of Becoming Crunchy shares That Cup Does What?, her most viewed post of 2011. This post is one of a series of reviews and information on switching to all natural menstrual products – having heard so many different options and recommendations, Kelly decided to give a whole bunch of them a try and pull all the reviews together in one week for anyone interested in making the switch. This post in particular covers the ins and outs of the Diva Cup. You can also find Becoming Crunchy on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest.

Kristin of Intrepid Murmurings shares a popular post from 2011, something she and her husband made for their girls for Christmas, great for open-ended play and construction: Handmade Tree Blocks. You can also find Kristin on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Lani of Boobie Time shares Helping a Fellow Breastfeeding Mom, her inspiration for starting to blog. This post discusses the importance of fellow moms supporting each other and some tips on having a successful breastfeeding relationship. Lani can also be found on Facebook.

Laura at WaldenMommy: Life Behind the Red Front Door writes about finally entering “spring” when her child with special needs begins preschool. After battling post-partum mental illness (post tramatic stress disorder) after the preterm birth of her third child, she finally begins to feel healthy and whole again in “It’s Fall, Ya’ll-Again.”

Lauren of Hobo Mama shares On not having an AP poster child, her (OK, second) most viewed post of 2011. Lauren’s first child shook her certainty that attachment parenting meant babies never cried and toddlers grew independent — and that’s all right, too. You can also find Hobo Mama on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

Luschka of Diary of a First Child shares Lactivism, Breastfeeding, Bottlefeeding and Mothers at War, one of her most viewed posts of 2011. This post discusses how the breastfeeding/bottle feeding debate causes a division between mothers, leading to the alienation of women and babies, while divisive companies prosper. You can also find Diary of a First Child on Facebook, and Twitter.

Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children shares how With Privilege Comes Responsibility, one of her most viewed posts of 2011. This compelling post explains her strong felt desire to stand up for those less privileged. You can also find Living Peacefully with Children on Facebook.

Melissa of Vibrant Wanderings shares a Montessori-Inspired Checklist for Choosing Toys, her most popular post of 2011. The article outlines some important Montessori principles and how they relate to children’s toys, translating that into some simple guiding principles. You can also find Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

Melissa of White Noise shares Modern Day Wet Nurse, her most viewed post of 2011. In this post, Melissa shares the benefits of human breast milk and human milk sharing. You can also find Melissa at Mothers of Change.

Momma Jorje shares Amniocentesis – What is it *really* like?, one of her most viewed posts of 2011. This open and honest series offers not only the technical process of amniocentesis, but also the emotions involved in awaiting (and receiving) the procedure and a diagnosis. Momma Jorje can also be found on Facebook.

Moorea of MamaLady: Adventures in Queer Parenting shares Fluoride: Another Reason Breast Is Best, her favorite post of 2011. This post provides research on the harmful effects of fluoride in drinking water for babies and toddlers and ways to limit fluoride consumption in your home. You can also find MamaLady on Facebook and Twitter and her Parent Coaching Site.

Rachael at The Variegated Life is Calling the Muse in her most viewed post of 2011. In this post, she describes how she uses ritual to help her tap into her creative spirit. You can also find Rachael on Twitter and The Variegated Life on Facebook.

Rebekah and Chris from Liberated Family shares Using Cloth In a Disposable Society, their favorite post of 2011. This extensive post provides a lot of information regarding the varied uses of cloth as well as the many benefits. You can also find Liberated Family on Twitter.

Sarah at Parenting God’s Children shares her most viewed post: Confessions of a Breastfeeding Advocate: I Couldn’t. She confesses her struggles with breastfeeding her daughters, but shares why she’ll continue the good fight. You can also find Sarah on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Seonaid of The Practical Dilettante offers a science- and reverence-based meditation on The Living Earth, her most viewed post of 2011. This meditation was originally written for Earth Day, but it provides a way to reconnect with your place in the living breathing planet at any time of year. You can also find Seonaid on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.

Shannon at Pineapples & Artichokes shares I Recommend (But Moira Likes This Book Too), her most viewed post of 2011. This post is a review of a wonderful book that talks about all the different ways that families can be made up, along with some of why this topic is so important to her family.

Sheryl at Little Snowflakes shares her experiences with tandem nursing in Tandem Nursing – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, her most viewed post of 2011. You can also find Sheryl on Twitter.

Stay tuned for some amazing posts from all of these tremendous bloggers in 2012!

5 Responses to “Fluoride: Another Reason Breast is Best”

  1. Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama December 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    This is SUCH important info. Thank you so much for sharing!

    (Stumbled!)

  2. Melissa December 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Thanks for the reminder on this important info, Moorea! Fortunately, our local water has relatively low levels of flouride, so I feel a bit safer with our Brita and refrigerator filter than I would otherwise, but I have meaning to invest in a better filter and am grateful for the recommendation. I’m glad you mentioned bone char as well, as I’m vegan and didn’t realize it was so commonly used in filters!

  3. chrisknapp2012 June 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    we are fighting the addition of fluoride to our local water have you seen fluoridealert.org??
    There is a huge recent harvard study that shows how easily fluoride crosses the blood/brain barrier and is a neuro toxin. You are a brave woman to speak the truth in the face of bad science.

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