It is no secret to anyone that breastfeeding brings with it many questions, and sometimes various aspects are overlooked that we believe may not be important; Just as there are myths, there are realities and it is important that you know them in time, so in this article we will talk about the danger of moisturizers while breastfeeding. Interesting, right?
What woman does not use a moisturizer for the face, body or hands? We all use this type of cosmetics to feel better and look more beautiful and take care of our skin. And is that before being mothers we are women, we like to pamper ourselves, and taking care of our skin is essential, especially in those extreme climates where we are exposed to cold or high heat and we must protect ourselves so as not to see the signs of early aging .
But beyond that, what happens when a woman breastfeeds a baby? Are all creams suitable for use during breastfeeding? Is there a particular one that can harm our baby that the label doesn't say or we don't know?
It has surely happened to you that during breastfeeding cracks or fissures form in your nipple and the first thing that occurs to you is to put a moisturizing cream on your breasts to help with the pain and that they heal because you have read it somewhere or A friend has recommended it to you.
For these specific cases, I usually recommend lanolin-based creams, which can be used on the nipples, but it must meet the requirement of being 100% lanolin and ultra-purified. I also tell you that the main thing in cases of cracks and fissures or injured and broken nipples is not the application of the cream itself: what should be done is not so much to treat the cause but to improve the latch on the baby's breast ( Origin of the problem).
The cracks and cracked or broken nipples come out precisely because the latch on the breast is not correct, and the lanolin cream will do nothing but improve it, for this, I recommend that you use the same expressed breast milk and apply it to the nipples and also wash the breast before the baby goes to suckle.
However, you can use moisturizing creams as long as they have their respective health permit, but without abusing them. Well, applied regularly on a daily or inter-day basis only once a day, obviously not on the breasts. If you do, you should wash them before you go to breastfeed.
On the other hand, some creams are made from caffeine and these are contraindicated due to the potential risk it exerts on the baby, since it is absorbed through the skin and can cause irritability or insomnia. You should also be aware that within the ingredients there is no fucus, which is a chemical high in iodine and is equally harmful to your baby.
Recently a study carried out by the Foundation for the Promotion of Health and Biomedical Research in the Valencian Community (Fisabio) and the La Fe Health Research Institute (IIS La Fe) in Valencia, Spain, detected harmful substances in breast milk in those mothers who exaggerated their use of moisturizers, that is, lactating women who applied moisturizers several times a day.
Both studies concluding that they can be used, even on a daily basis, but not several times a day, their danger being related not to the cream itself but to the type of chemical used in the manufacture of their packaging.
And regarding the use of sunscreen while breastfeedingThese should be based on physical filters (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) instead of chemical filters.
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