NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 08, 1977
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(Studio) Pollution contamination rptdly. affects mothers' milk.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Raleigh, North Carolina) Chemical pollution of environmental, such as crop pesticide dusting (filmed) blamed for contamination. Antibiotics and hormones given cattle cited. Fish from polluted waters noted. [Mrs. Mary SHAAL - enumerates polluted aspects of industrial life.] Couple who changed diet and lifestyle in order to have pollution-free baby cited. [Mrs. Stephanie HARRIS - conts. to eat unpolluted foods in anticipation of 2nd child.] At National Institute for Environment Health Sciences government seeks answers to problem. Mother's milk to be tested. Procedure explained. [Environment scientist Dr. David RALL - notes cancer, liver disease and skin problems that come from pollutants in milk.] Cows milk also polluted. But breast milk seems to have higher level of contamination than formulas for babies. In Franklin Park, 11, La Leche League International fears reports of polluted breast milk may reduce breast feeding. [La Leche League Mrs. Marian THOMPSON - charges much cancer-scare rpting. unsupported by studies.] [Pediatrician Dr. Robert TOLSON - believes breast feeding is best.] Doctors believe no cause for alarm with regard to breast feeding, yet.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson