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Moms Shouldn’t Nurse in Bathrooms–Study Shows Flushing Spews Diarrhea Disease

January 4, 2012

Here is my response to all those cranks out there who advocate women nurse in bathrooms–it’s just not unsanitary–it’s dangerous.  A new study shows that flushing spreads disease, and that the germs stay for at least 90 minutes.  The bathroom is definitely not a place to feed a baby:

Flushing the toilet with the lid up can spray diarrhea-causing bacteria into the air, according to a new study of hospital toilets.

Researchers from Leeds Teaching Hospitals in the U.K. detected C. difficile – a germ that can cause diarrhea and even life-threatening inflammation of the colon – nearly 10 inches above the toilet seat after flushing lidless hospital toilets. C. difficile is frequently found in hospitals and long-term care facilities were antibiotics are common.

“The highest numbers of C. difficile were recovered from air sampled immediately following flushing, and then declined 8-fold after 60 [minutes] and a further 3-fold after 90 [minutes],” the researchers reported in the January issue of the Journal of Hospital Infection.

C. difficile was spotted on surrounding surfaces 90 minutes after flushing, with an average of 15 to 47 contaminated toilet water droplets landing in the nearby environment, according to the study.

“Lidless conventional toilets increase the risk of C. difficile environmental contamination, and we suggest that their use is discouraged, particularly in settings where [C. difficile infection] is common,” the authors wrote.

SOOO gross!  Hmm, Kasey Kahne, it’s so gross to nurse in a store, but you would rather subject babies to life-threatening illnesses?

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