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August 15th, 2008, 03:12 PM
Eryn'smama's Avatar Super Mommy
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I don't post on here very often, but you ladies are always sooo helpful!

I am so tired of the gray in my hair and really want to color it, but I've heard conflicting advice. So people say it's okay to color your hair while breastfeeding, some say it's not. I am hoping for some more advice, comments, or tips on how to minimize the risks to my 10 month old nursling. She is eating solids, but still nurses quite a bit.

Should I pump and dump the milk for a few hours after I color? I am pretty sure I can get about 6 hours of just giving her solids and stored breastmilk. Or is it still too risky? Does anyone know of a website that gives the hardcore evidence on how much of the chemicals from haircolor actually get into the breastmilk? TIA!
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August 16th, 2008, 07:35 AM
Zoe Zoe is offline
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have you tried "soothies", they're little gel pads that you can put in the fridge and they are soooo soothing; I had alot of breastfeeding problems with my first baby and those were a lifesaver since I'm allergice to lanolin (make sure you're not allergic too by the way, because there's nothing worse than slathering an irritant on an open wound- I learned that the hard way)
I was going to say pump on that side and nurse on the other, but I guess that won't work for you.
Cracked nipples can happen anytime but they'll happen a lot more if your latch is wrong; if you think that might be the case you might want to make an appointment with your lactation consultant who can help you out.
Try switching up nursing positions, if you always use the cradle hold, try the cross cradle, the "football" hold, or try nursing lying down. This will change the position of the babies mouth when he nurses so it's not always putting pressure on the same spot (it may have the added bonus of helping him get used to the other breast too).
I've also heard that putting expressed breastmilk on the crack can be very soothing. And make sure your not using any soap on your breasts and keeping it out of the water in the shower because it will dry it out and make it crack more (you're probably doing that anyway because it hurts like hell to have the shower run on a cracked nipple).
Don't give up, and you're right not to give a bottle now. It will heal soon.
Good luck and congratulations on the new baby.

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August 16th, 2008, 10:21 PM
Wifey2Jordan's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I don't see why there is anything wrong with it. Then again, I once I was out of the first trimester, I colored my hair. If you are really just wanting to be extra careful, use either non-ammonia hair color (semi or demi permanent) or you could always have it colored in foils. When you have foils, the chemical never comes in contact with your scalp, so there is no way it is going to be absorbed.

Hope that helps, or gives you a few ideas. BTW, i'm a hairdresser.
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