Beauty treatments and breastfeeding
When you become a mother, you put your baby first, and you take a backseat. So much so that you might even look at a hairdresser salon with nostalgia, remembering the days when you did have the time to go there. But the hardest thing is, when you finally do get that time for yourself, it turns out that you have to fight a lot of myths and false beliefs about beauty treatments and breastfeeding, such as “you can’t dye your hair” or “you can’t get a massage when you are breastfeeding”, and so on.
We always receive many questions about whether specific beauty treatments can be done while breastfeeding. Here you find, for example, our last article on microblading. But today, we have selected some of the popular beauty treatments around and checked if they are safe to do when you are breastfeeding.
Lymphatic drainage massage:
Lymphatic drainage is a technique that is performed with the hands through very soft, slow, and repetitive movements that promote the circulation of lymph, which improves swelling and fluid retention. Lymphatic drainage is completely safe when breastfeeding. It can even be performed on the breast, such as during the early days, when the breast may be engorged and painful. This massage quickly relieves inflammation.
Massages with oils:
What a wonderful idea! Having a massage during breastfeeding can be a fantastic solution to relax and regain strength. Of course, you have to take into account whether or not to use essential oils. If they are used, take certain precautions, which are: perform the massage away from your breast and prevent the baby from sucking on the area where the massage has been performed, whether it is the breast or your arm (yes, we know, nibbling on mommy is delicious!). These precautions should be taken because these oils can have an estrogenic effect and decrease milk supply, or if the baby sucks on them, they can be harmful.
Manicures and pedicures:
Of course, you can get your fingernails and toenails done! Plus, babies tend to love brightly colored nails to play with.
Just keep in mind that in case of supplementing your baby with the syringe-finger method, you should make sure you have properly trimmed fingernails and do not wear any nail polish.
Getting highlights or coloring your hair is safe and compatible with breastfeeding. Make sure you wash your hair thoroughly after applying the products to reduce the absorption of the substances that make up the dyes and highlights.
Ultrasonic cavitation and radiofrequency (or RF) therapy:
Both treatments are safe and compatible with breastfeeding, and there is no evidence that they are less effective when you are breastfeeding.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy:
This treatment, also known as photorejuvenation or photofacial, is compatible with breastfeeding, and there is no evidence that the application during breastfeeding is less effective.
If you have more questions about any other treatments, you can search for them in the LactApp, in the following section: “Breastfeeding” – “Can I?” – Breasts, aesthetics and beauty. You can also write us through the consultation chat with our team of experts. You can download LactApp for free on iPhone or Android.