The study, published in the Journal of Consumer Research, said women who have breast-feeding and use jewelry for their babies are more likely to purchase items that contain baby-resistant materials.
Baby-safe items include:Plastic bottles and cansThe metal used in jewelry can make jewelry look baby-friendly, but the metals in those bottles and can canes can create a strong odor that’s difficult to remove.
“These items should be made of a durable material, such as aluminum, copper or stainless steel, and should be safe for infants and children, but also be safe to use for jewelry,” said Sarah Goglia, a professor of nursing and director of the Institute for Research on Breastfeeding.
Goglia said there is a growing body of research showing that metals are harmful to babies and children.
“The materials we use are very sensitive and they can absorb pollutants from the environment and our bodies,” she said.
Guglia said the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that breast-fed babies and toddlers use a breast-milk-only jewelry brand, such a BabyStar, BabyLifesafe or BabyMama.
BabyLift, a jewelry brand that has received the same recommendations, is available for purchase on Amazon.
The findings were based on the National Survey of Breastfeeding Mothers and Newborns, a national survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics.
Researchers asked 1,800 women about jewelry, including jewelry made from metal and glass, baby-proof baby toys, and jewelry made of plastic or stainless-steel.
“I think most people would be concerned if they had a piece of jewelry that they were wearing that was a baby safe product, but it was a breast milk product,” Gogli said.
The report also found that mothers who purchase jewelry for babies have lower levels of metals in their bodies than those who do not buy jewelry.
Baby-safe jewelry includes:Baby-proof BabyLights, BabyRings and BabyMasks, which use metal for the sole purpose of protecting the baby from environmental hazards.
BabyShield, which uses stainless steel for the purpose of baby protection.
BabyLift BabyLifts, BabyMamas and BabyBabyLiftsBabyShieldBabyLightsBabyRingsBabyMamasBabyShieldGogli called the study an important first step in understanding the relationship between breast milk and breast cancer.
“It’s important to note that the breast cancer rate for women who are breast-feeders is higher than it is for women not breast-Feeding,” Guglia told ABC News.
“It’s not clear why this is, but there is some evidence that the exposure to metals in breast milk might be a risk factor for breast cancer in later life.”
The American Academy for Cancer Research (AACR), a nonprofit that studies breast cancer, released a statement Tuesday calling for a more robust research approach into the links between breast- and breast-cancer risk and jewelry.
“We need a thorough scientific and regulatory process to identify the most effective ways to limit the exposure of breast milk to toxic metals,” the statement said.
Gold jewelry is considered a safer option because it’s used to make baby-protecting jewelry, said Dr. Laura T. Miller, associate director of breast cancer research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
“Gold jewelry has been associated with less cancer risk in women who breast-Share and have had their children breast-Safe,” Miller said in a statement.
“If gold jewelry can be used for the baby-Safe process, we believe that it would help the child-Safe experience of the child.”
For more on breast cancer and the new breast-focused jewelry trend, watch ABC News’ special “Behind the Scenes: Breast Cancer.”
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