I am a breastfeeding mother and i want to know if it is safe to use UV-A and UV-B Rays? Is UV-A and UV-B Rays safe for nursing mother and child? Does UV-A and UV-B Rays extracts into breast milk? Does UV-A and UV-B Rays has any long term or short term side effects on infants? Can UV-A and UV-B Rays influence milk supply or can UV-A and UV-B Rays decrease milk supply in lactating mothers?

UV-A and UV-B Rays lactation summary

UV-A and UV-B Rays is safe in breastfeeding
  • DrLact safety Score for UV-A and UV-B Rays is 1 out of 8 which is considered Safe as per our analyses.
  • A safety Score of 1 indicates that usage of UV-A and UV-B Rays is mostly safe during lactation for breastfed baby.
  • Our study of different scientific research also indicates that UV-A and UV-B Rays does not cause any serious side effects in breastfeeding mothers.
  • Most of scientific studies and research papers declaring usage of UV-A and UV-B Rays safe in breastfeeding are based on normal dosage and may not hold true for higher dosage.
  • Score calculated using the DrLact safety Version 1.2 model, this score ranges from 0 to 8 and measures overall safety of drug in lactation. Scores are primarily calculated using publicly available case studies, research papers, other scientific journals and publically available data.

Answer by Dr. Ru: About UV-A and UV-B Rays usage in lactation

Ultraviolet rays (UV) type A and B are a part of sunlight radiation.Some lamps also emit this type of radiation for cosmetic purposes (tanning bed device) and treatment of certain skin diseases: psoriasis, vitiligo, etc. and, because of their germicidal properties for disinfection and sterilization of instruments. UV-A and UV-B rays may cause premature aging of the skin and the risk of skin cancer (melanoma) is increased in people with frequent exposure without adequate protection. But excessive use of sunscreen creams in pregnant women, mothers and infants causes a deficit of vitamin D both in the plasma and breastmilk that warrants the use of oral supplementation with vitamin D to breastfed infants for prevention of rickets and other possible health issues (Balasubramanian 2008, Jones 2016). UV radiation even for therapeutic purposes is compatible with breastfeeding (Beani 2010, Bae 2012).
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