When Andrea Riseden-Perry nurses newborn Genoa, she knows she’s providing her daughter vital proteins, nutrients and fats that can come only from a mother’s milk.

She also knows she’s likely feeding her baby human-made chemical flame retardants.

Riseden-Perry knows this because she volunteered for a breast milk study after her first daughter was born a few years ago. Her toxic levels weren’t very high — about 13 parts per billion — but she wondered: What are industrial chemicals used to fireproof TVs and sofas doing in her breast milk in the first place? …

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