Reproductive Health, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Lead has long been recognized as a reproductive toxin in
both men and women. A history of maternal lead exposure, prenatal
and postpartum lead exposures and blood lead levels can be a
concern. Concern about all possible pathways of lead exposure has
raised questions about reproductive health, prenatal exposure and breastfeeding. These resources explain the risks and
CDC Guidance for the Identification and Management of Lead Exposure in Pregnant and Lactating Women (Exit
DHS; PDF, 4.2MB) and
(PDF, 407 KB). These guidelines are based on scientific data and practical
considerations regarding preventing lead exposure during pregnancy,
assessment and blood lead testing during pregnancy, medical and
environmental management to reduce fetal exposure, breastfeeding, and
follow up of infants and children exposed to lead in utero.
Toxicity in Reproductive Health, Fetal Development, and Breast Milk
94 KB) This is
Chapter 13 from the Wisconsin
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Handbook. It
explains how lead exposure of the mother can affect fetal and infant
development and discusses the transfer of lead through breast milk.
Wisconsin Local Public Health Departments Local Public Health
Departments can assist in establishing prenatal care and newborn services
Women, Infant, and Children's (WIC) Nutrition Program Clinic
Locations Pregnant women and new mothers
who are income eligible can receive education and support for adequate
prenatal nutrition and breastfeeding at WIC clinics.
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