Is it safe to go for hair treatments such as hair rebonding or perming while breastfeeding? Will the chemicals enter our bloodstream and is there a need to pump and dump our breastmilk after such treatments ?

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In general, it should be safe for breastfeeding mothers to have a hair treatment done. While the fear is usually that chemicals from such treatment would be absorbed (through the skin) the mother’s bloodstream and be passed on to the baby through her breast milk. While small amount may indeed be absorbed, it is unlikely that that trace amount will cause any permanent damage to the baby. Here are some points to keep in mind when contemplating a hair treatment: - ask about the chemicals used in the treatments. Resorcinol is one common chemical found in hair dyes and bleaching ingredient that is highly toxic and should be avoided. - after a hair treatment, there may be a more direct effect on the baby if he/she inhaled any lingering scent of ammonia or chemicals in the hair. - if possible, opt for organic products to help decrease the exposure to any potentially harmful chemicals For more information: http://momcenter.com.ph/articles/view/are-hair-treatments-safe-for-breastfeeding-mums Do your research for safe products. At the end of the day, a hair treatment is supposed to make a mother feel happy and it would defeat its purpose if it causes excessive worry instead.

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Yes u can have perm. Like the earlier mama mentioned, the amount absorbed is very very very little and the concern is not valid actually - the time in contact w the chemicals concentrate is v little and absorption is v minimal. Many pple do do these treatments and go on as per normal bf - me included

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Can you pump and soak your leg, give baby to have milk spa instead of really dumping away feeling wasted. If you are ok, actually no harm feeding your baby after doing all this also. I latch my baby straight away after i'm done too.

Me too. I just went ahead with my hair treatment. And I took baby with me to the salon as well. Have fun!

I did mine lately. Colouring. Aiya its okay la. We can't prevent everything right

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i just continue with such treatments and baby turned out perfectly fine