About MaPP

The Moms and POPs Project (MaPP) was begun by the Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center and MOMs (Making Our Milk Safe) to encourage discussion about how breastmilk monitoring and the sharing of information about toxic chemicals in breastmilk can be done in ways that do not discourage women from breastfeeding. This is essential, because breastmilk remains the best food for babies and clearly helps babies withstand exposures to toxic chemicals found in our environment.

MaPP has been initiated in response to a World Health Organization breastmilk monitoring project. The WHO project is part of the effectiveness evaluation program for the UN Stockholm Convention, a global treaty that bans twelve of the worst POPs chemicals. This new United Nations-sponsored project has invited nearly thirty countries in the Global South to participate in a monitoring project that will test breastmilk for the presence of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The resulting information from the biomonitoring projects will be used to assess the effectiveness of the Stockholm Convention.

By exploring this site, you can:

  • Learn about human biomonitoring studies, including breastmilk biomonitoring studies;
  • Read about the importance of breastmilk for the health of the baby and the mother;
  • Consider how the results from biomonitoring studies may be best communicated.