The Life Milch project aims to improve the quality of the environment surrounding the mother-infant dyad to promote children’s wellness and health.

The project focuses on detecting and measuring the presence of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC), a class of environmental pollutants, in breastmilk and their effects on infant’s growth and development. Following the first screening on about 500 mother- infant dyads, risk assessment models and safety guidelines will be developed for prevention and public health.

Through a careful environmental monitoring the project will verify the strength of actions carried out to reduce the negative impact of EDC exposure on human health.

Project Sections

Project Scientific Results

Breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for infants and women need to be encouraged to breast-feed. However, potential risks associated with contamination of human milk by Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) need to be factored into overall public health (Lopes et al., 2016; Pajewska-Szmyt et al., 2019). EDCs can also be present in infant formula and/or its containers.

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Prevention Campaign

Based on the scientific evidence produced, the project will define a prevention campaign to promote a lifestyle that will reduce maternal exposure to EDCs and improve mother-infant’s health.

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Based on the scientific results of the MILCH project, a dialogue with the stakeholders involved in the manufacture of baby/infant’s products of common usage and of artificial milk will be launched in order to reduce the possible contamination by Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs). Informational documents will be produced in this respect and meetings on the subject will be promoted. The perspective goal is the subscription of voluntary agreements for the reduction of possible EDCs in infant formula and therefore in the child.

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