Breastfeeding Hair Loss

Hair Loss while Breastfeeding and Hair Loss Facts

Post pregnancy hair loss

hair loss and breastfeeding

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, postpartum depression or 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 hormonesBreastfeeding hair loss should stop within a few months. 

What to Do?

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  • 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.
  • Eat well, don’t deprive your body or try to lose weight while breastfeeding. Your body needs extra calories daily. Use our calorie calculator for breastfeeding. Make sure you are consuming nutritious foods that contain everything you need.
  • Avoid using chemicals on your hair. Avoid the use of curling irons or dryers, which may damage your hair even further.
  • Using essential oils to prevent hair loss. 

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