Frequently Asked Questions About Lead During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

What is lead and where is it found?

Lead is a heavy metal. It can be found in many places such as cosmetics, children’s & costume jewelry, old paint, gasoline, and in many types of hobbies and industry. Read more

What effects could lead have on my baby?

High levels of lead during pregnancy can cause miscarriage and stillbirth. Other pregnancy problems such as low birth weight and premature delivery can also occur. Read more

Is there concern about lead if I am breastfeeding?

Lead levels in breast milk are usually lower than levels in mother’s blood. Lead may also be found in infant formulas.  Read more

Is it a problem if the father of the baby is exposed to lead?

Lead in the body can reach the sperm. High levels of lead may cause changes in the shape, size, number and movement of the sperm.  Read more

For more frequently-asked questions and answers, please watch the videos above featuring MotherToBaby experts or visit our Lead Fact Sheet here. Disponible en español aquí

Free Webinar for Health Care Providers:

In January 2017, MotherToBaby teamed up with the Pediatric Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) to provide the latest research surrounding lead exposure through a webinar. To view the recorded webinar, click here.