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The myths with regards to breastfeeding, are the thousands and, if you let yourself be carried away by the panic, surely you come to believe that virtually anything can do harm to your baby. However, many of these myths are false, and do not respond to more than the natural fear that a mother has when seeing it for the first time to your baby, the protective instinct that often comes into it.

And is that everything changes when you have a child; the concerns grow, fear grows, and the world seems to, even, different. Everything can pose a real danger or, at least, seem so. It is this concern that leads many mothers to believe that anything they do can end up causing harm to your child, when this is not usually the case. In many cases, tends to protect the babies, and in a certain way, it makes sense: they are small and defenseless, with which we need to protect them. But don't take this to the extreme, because the fear does not allow us to enjoy the motherhood in general, and breastfeeding in particular.

There are a lot of false myths circulating on the internet about breastfeeding, and how this should be carried. For example, there are those who say that when a woman becomes pregnant, no longer can continue to breastfeed your baby if it was doing it, and this is completely false. Nor is it true that women with implants can't breastfeed: you can do it, just as it would if you did not have implants. And, finally, and we're going to talk in more depth: a mother who is in the process of breastfeeding should not dye your hair, because the dye could be harmful to the baby.

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DYE BREASTFEEDING, YES OR NO

If you are looking for on the internet, the first thing that you'll find is a course study that says that if you color your hair while you're breastfeeding, the dye may increase the chances that the baby has leukemia. However, if you try to do a little more research and see what is true in this study, you will not find anything decisive, because it is not.

The you decide to dye your hair don't have why to interfere at any time with breastfeeding; the baby will not be affected by the dye, or much less. The odds of that when you decide to change the color of your hair your baby will develop some type of disease are non-existent, so that it's not worth almost worry about, especially when the products they are using are natural. In this sense, yes it is important to note that there are hair color products that are much more toxic than others (such as those that take ammonia, for example), and it is better to opt for more natural products, but already for your own health rather than the baby's.

Yes you may have read about the dangers of dying during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy, more or less. It is not by the process of dyeing the hair itself, but because of the toxic fumes that products such as ammonia can be removed, and that can get to cause developmental problems in fetuses of less than four months. But this has nothing to do with the posterior process of breastfeeding.

The toxic products that carry some paints, if inhaled, can harm both a pregnant woman and a woman that is not. The vapor of ammonia, in large quantities, can be toxic to any person. But this does not imply that these chemicals will penetrate into our bloodstream or something as well; that is to say, if we dye while you're breastfeeding, that dye is not going to get to our baby in any of the ways. It may be that, when you dye your hair, a part of the dye and the toxic chemicals that this leads to penetrate into our scalp, but will not cause baby to swallow milk.

That is to say, that the risk to which we are exposed to ourselves and our baby if we decide that we want to stain while breast-feeding is going to be none. You can decorate your hair as you want. Yes: there are women who, during lactation, see how your hair becomes much weaker and sensitive. If that is your case, yes it is true that you should opt not to dye it, but not for the baby, but for the health of your hair.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN

As we have already pointed out, dye hair is not going to imply that the baby can become ill. However, there are some steps you should try to be followed so that the dye is not in contact with the mouth of the baby, especially if you are breast-feeding.

The first thing you have to keep in mind is that your chest must be completely clean, free of any other dye, so that the baby is able to breastfeed without issue. That is to say, that if you just stain, the best thing you can do is take a shower or clean the breast well to prevent traces of the dye. To be a toxic substance, this could harm the baby.

On the other hand, it is also important that you make sure that your scalp is healthy. Not to be so, yes the paint could end up penetrating into the bloodstream. This usually doesn't happen, it doesn't have what to spend, and it is not something to worry about too much. Mentioned simply so that you have care.

You also have to keep in mind that the baby may be annoyed the smell of the dye and, in that case, you might not want to eat. The solution to this is to keep the hair out of it, perhaps pick it up in a ponytail so that it does not rub your face; this way, we also avoid to inhale any possible toxicity. If it's a hair color-natural, with no strong odors, it may be that the baby may not even notice it.

Finally: remember that, during breastfeeding, the hair can change a lot due to the hormonal changes. If you see more weak, or frizzy, try not to dye it, simply for the health of your hair. But you already know that you can dye it even if you're breast-feeding, without this involving any type of problem.


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