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

Hair straighteners lactation summary

Hair straighteners is unsafe in breastfeeding
  • DrLact safety Score for Hair straighteners is 5 out of 8 which is considered Unsafe as per our analyses.
  • A safety Score of 5 indicates that usage of Hair straighteners may cause serious side effects in breastfed baby.
  • Our study of different scientific research indicates that Hair straighteners may cause moderate to high side effects or may affect milk supply in lactating mother.
  • Our suggestion is to use safer alternate options rather than using Hair straighteners .
  • It is recommended to evaluate the advantage of not breastfeeding while using Hair straighteners Vs not using Hair straighteners And continue breastfeeding.
  • While using Hair straighteners Its must to monitor child for possible reactions. It is also important to understand that side effects vary largely based on age of breastfed child and time of medication in addition to 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 Hair straighteners usage in lactation

Some smoothing products contain formaldehyde or glutaraldehyde (see specific info), especially the keratin smoothing or Brazilian Hair Straightening. Formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde have mutagenic properties and are potentially carcinogenic. Its use has been limited in many countries. Other straightening products, such as sodium hydroxide, lithium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide or ammonium thioglycolate, used in the so-called Japanese Straightening, are not mutagenic and hence considered safe. It is recommended to limit its use, avoid products containing formaldehyde, meet the safety standards for use that appear in containers, keep clean the chest area and wear short hair or tied hair to prevent the absorption of potentially toxic compounds by the infant. Hairdressing's workers are more exposed and must strictly enforce safety rules (gloves wearing and time limitation, etc.) along with the use of legally approved products. See below the information of these related products:
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