Post pregnancy hair loss
If you are losing hair, thinking that it’s the breastfeeding that’s causing it, let me put your mind at ease, it is not.
Most mothers lose hair after giving birth (especially three months postpartum) whether they breastfeed or not. Hair loss after pregnancy is normal and temporary and most times a mother will return to her usual hair growth cycle between 6 and 12 months after giving birth.
During pregnancy your hair growth usually increases dramatically, resulting in more hair loss post pregnancy. So in actual fact, you are just losing the extra hair and your hair growth is returning to its pre pregnancy fullness.
Mothers who find they had much thicker hair during pregnancy, might experience a more extreme hair loss after childbirth.
If you are really worried about your hair falling out after pregnancy and/or are still losing hair a year after birth, you should consult your doctor; hair loss could also be a result of postpartum iron deficiency, postpartum depression or hypothyroidism, which is quite common in postpartum women.
Something else that might cause hair loss is weaning from breastfeeding, as this causes a fluctuation in hormones. Breast feeding hair loss should stop within a few months.
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