The health risk of the infants expose to lead and mercury through breastfeeding

  • 李 存青

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Maternal living and diet habits may be critical factors that would influence the metals exposure The aim of this study is to monitor lead (Pb) mercury (Hg) and methylmercury (MeHg) in breastmilk and to discuss the effect of maternal dietary habits and air quality on the concentration of metals in breastmilk and to assess health risks of Pb and Hg exposure to infants through breastfeeding Pb and Hg levels will be measured in breast milk and blood samples by ICP-MS and MeHg levels are measured by LC/ICP-MS According to the result it showed the significant differences of the infants’ risk among alternative postpartum month Some of the living environment and food consumption habit including pollution source near houses cleaning habits cosmetic usage the type of drinking water internal organs of animal source egg product seafood and canned food consumption have significant influences on the concentration of toxic metal in human milk Unacceptable non-cancer health risk (HI=1 37>1) for Pb and Hg was found in this study The results indicated a potential non-cancer risk of toxic metals especially Pb for infants through the consumption of breast milk
Date of Award2020
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorHsiu-Ling Chen (Supervisor)

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