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 provide recommendations.
CDC Guidance for the Identification and Management of Lead Exposure in Pregnant and Lactating Women (PDF, 4.2 MB) 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.
Wisconsin Local Health Departments can assist in establishing prenatal care and newborn services to women.
Wisconsin Women, Infant, and Children's (WIC) Nutrition Program Clinic Locations provide pregnant women and new mothers who are income eligible, education and support for adequate prenatal nutrition and breastfeeding.