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.
Breastfeeding Hair Loss
So Why are you Losing Hair?
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 anxious 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,
hypothyroidism, which is quite common in postpartum women.
Hair Loss after Weaning
Something else that might cause hair loss is weaning from breastfeeding, as this creates a fluctuation in hormones. Breastfeeding hair loss should stop within a few months.
What to Do?
Get yourself a proper quality shampoo and conditioner, and maybe even treat yourself with a good quality hair treatment.
Try a different haircut or keep your hair short for easy maintenance.
Avoid brushing your hair while it is wet.
You should continue to take your multivitamins after pregnancy.
"Hi Reena, the falling out of hair is going to seem more than usual because PCOS causes excessive hair growth.
Any major event such as childbirth, major surgery or excessive stress can cause over 90% of your hair to switch from the growth phase to the shedding phase. Your hair growth cycles should normalize about three months after the event.
This process is called telogen effluvium. It is common to lose bunches of hair daily with full-blown telogen effluvium. Thankfully, this type of hair loss is usually reversible.
Diet and exercise are essential to maintaining the best hormonal balance. Research states that there is no therapy better for women with PCOS than proper diet and exercise. Only after this is in order, should you think of alternative treatment."
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