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Perchlorate in Baby Formula

Mommy Alert! Is Baby Drinking Rocket Fuel?


There is always something in the news that makes a mother cringe or second guess her parenting choices. The other day I started to read up on a chemical called perchlorate. It is an ingredient used in rocket fuel. Apparently, it can be found in particular formulas as well as tap water sources. The CDC team warned:

Mixing perchlorate-tainted formula powder with tap water containing "even minimal amounts" of the chemical could boost the resulting mixture's toxin content above the "safe" level set by the EPA.

In a frenzy, I googled "perchlorate" and discovered something extraordinary. The toxin is not only found in formula and water, but breastmilk, too! Maybe the fact that it is not mixed with the also contaminated water deems it less toxic than formula but how can we really know? I am still dumbfounded that my body is producing rocket fuel. That explains some feisty behavior around the house.

To learn more about perchlorate and the study, visit EWA. To check your local water system, consult the EPA. If you want to get involved, voice your concerns to the new EPA head Lisa Jackson.
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