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October 1974

Lead Concentrations in Human Milk

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Chemistry, School of Arts and Science (Mr. Dillon and Dr. Wilson); and the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn (Dr. Schaffner).

Am J Dis Child. 1974;128(4):491-492. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110290061010

Twenty-nine samples of human milk were analyzed for lead content. The mean lead concentration was 0.026μg/ml, with a range from 0.006μg/ml to 0.058μg/ml. Lead concentrations in human milk do not appear to constitute a health hazard to infants.