Women after the birth of the baby tend to be frightened by the amount and speed with which the hair begins to fall out during breastfeeding , and mainly because they are seen in every corner of the house.
The hormonal changes they undergo during pregnancy also influence this, giving them a feeling that their hair is falling out of control. When in fact it is only the hormones, which previously altered and produced in excess are returning to the normal rates of the organism. With that, the hair goes back to its normal cycle, so there is no need to panic when you notice the hair loss in breastfeeding.
The average woman’s hair falls from 100 to 125 hairs per day, while in the postpartum the hairs fall up to 500 per day . What happens is that during pregnancy the woman has radiant, shinier, softer and stronger hair due to hormonal imbalance. And the average hair that used to fall before pregnancy decreases considerably during pregnancy. In this way, after the baby is born, the hair strands fall back again, and those strands that did not fall during pregnancy either.
Hair Loss Tips
Some things can be done to mitigate the loss of hair during breastfeeding , since for women the health of the hair reflects considerably on their self-esteem. Because nothing is more uncomfortable (even though it is a normal process) than seeing your own hair in the shower drains, in the bedroom, in the living room and everywhere you go, isn’t it? Below are some tips on what you can do to try to alleviate hair loss during breastfeeding:
Be More Careful
Not that you’re not careful with your locks anymore. As mentioned, hair loss is inevitable due to hormonal changes. What you can do is try to soften it to the maximum, because due to the fragility of the hair it is important that you pay even more attention to it. Therefore, start to have healthy habits that contribute to reduce the amount of hair that will fall. This habit is in the way he washes his hair, combs, massages and dries the hair, as they are factors that reflect a lot on his appearance and health. Below are some tips on how to do this:
- The hair because it is fragile does not need to be washed every day, just wash three days a week or if you prefer to intercalate between one day and another.
- When combing the strands of hair, prefer brushes with soft bristles that do not harm the strands when brushing them, and preferably do not hold the hair loose.
- When drying your hair, use a soft towel and dry the hair gently, no wringing on the towel and rubbing them, light taps are enough.
- Massage the hair , it stimulates the growth of the strands.
In order to have a healthy life it is necessary to have healthy habits as well, because there is a saying that “you are what you eat” and this is the most true. Everything you eat will reflect on the outside, and for the hair this rule is no exception.
Hair consists of proteins and nothing more sensible than eating rich foods that contain as much protein as several other nutritious foods:
– Protein-rich foods – Eggs, meat, milk, yogurt, etc.,
– Foods that contain vitamin A – carrots, spinach, fish oils, liver, etc.,
– Foods that contain iron – Beans, beets, parsley, red meat, fish, chicken, etc, ..
– Foods that contain Zinc – Brazil nuts, whole grains, oysters, shrimp, vegetables, etc.
Another interesting tip that serves as a complement to a healthy diet rich in nutrients is to make fortified juices to drink. Just put more than one fruit when making the juice, once you do this you will surely have a juice even richer in nutrients.
IMPORTANT: As soon as you start to notice hair loss it is essential that you see a doctor. The doctor may indicate, in addition to good nutrition, medications that aid treatment.
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How to Treat Hair Loss While Breastfeeding?
Above were strategies on how to try to alleviate hair loss while breastfeeding. But even more important than softening is to treat the fall of these wires, because it will be useless to follow all the tips if you do not do an appropriate treatment.
Therefore, as soon as you notice that your hair is falling out so that it starts to bother you, it is essential that you immediately see a doctor, because even though the hair loss is normal for most people during breastfeeding, the monitoring of a specialized professional is essential. Through exams he will know what is really happening and will better guide what should be done.
After having an adequate monitoring of professionals such as dermatologists and nutritionists, the hair strands will start to grow normally and in a few months the hair will have the same amount of strands as before. But it is important to emphasize once again about the importance of the doctor, as the hair loss in the postpartum period may be linked to a genetic predisposition such as diabetes , thyroid problems or even baldness.
During the consultation, doctors generally advise their patients to eat healthier by eating foods rich in nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains.
However, for women who have some genetic predisposition to the problems that cause hair loss, just eating these foods may not be enough. Therefore, the doctor may prescribe some medications that contain vitamins, minerals and amino acids to complement the diet. Therefore, if this is the case, the lack of proper treatment would only further aggravate the fall of these threads.
How to Prevent Hair Loss?
To try to prevent excessive hair loss it is necessary that the monitoring is done by professionals such as a dermatologist and nutritionist and must be monitored during pregnancy, preferably from the beginning.
With the accompaniment of these professionals you will be guided to have a healthier and more balanced diet. A diet rich with all the nutrients you need, will thus serve to ease the hair loss after the baby is born.
Other factors that should also be taken into account are the water intake and the cleaning of the wires. Staying hydrated is important because in addition to helping in the production of breast milk , it contributes to the beauty of the locks making them stronger and healthier.
It is also important to do the correct cleaning of the hair and always remembering that they are fragile and do not allow dirt to accumulate on the scalp that contributes to the appearance of dandruff and even seborrhea.
Another important factor is to maintain a peaceful and healthy life , as stress also contributes a lot to the loss of hair strands. And remember to look for a doctor to guide you better, only he will know how to answer your questions and what is going on in your body.
Remember, each organism reacts differently in certain situations, and so what may work for the other may not work for you. Watch out for homemade tips and miraculous recipes, as your condition may get worse.
See Also: Postpartum Care After Maternity
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.