Can You Use Retinol While Breastfeeding?

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By Krystal Duhaney | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
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When it comes to using retinol while breastfeeding, it's generally recommended to avoid it1 . Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, can potentially be absorbed into your bloodstream and passed on to your baby through breast milk. High levels of Vitamin A derivatives, including retinol, may carry a risk of birth defects and harm to your little one's developing system.

While the specific risks and effects of topical retinol use during breastfeeding haven't been extensively studied, it's best to err on the side of caution and choose alternative skincare options. Fortunately, there are plenty of safe and effective skincare products available that are specifically formulated for breastfeeding parents.

To make informed decisions about your skincare routine while breastfeeding, it's always a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider or a dermatologist who can provide personalized advice based on your unique circumstances. They can help you select breastfeeding-friendly products that’ll keep your skin healthy and glowing while ensuring the well-being of your precious baby.

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  1. National Institutes of Health"Vitamin A and Carotenoids"Aug 11, 2022https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-Consumer/#:~:text=If%20you%20are%20or%20might%20be%20pregnant%20or%20breastfeeding%2C%20you%20should%20not%20take%20high%2Ddose%20supplements%20of%20preformed%20vitamin%20A..


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Can You Use Retinol While Breastfeeding?

 Krystal Duhaney Profile Photo
By Krystal Duhaney | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
Image for article Can You Use Retinol While Breastfeeding?

When it comes to using retinol while breastfeeding, it's generally recommended to avoid it1 . Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, can potentially be absorbed into your bloodstream and passed on to your baby through breast milk. High levels of Vitamin A derivatives, including retinol, may carry a risk of birth defects and harm to your little one's developing system.

While the specific risks and effects of topical retinol use during breastfeeding haven't been extensively studied, it's best to err on the side of caution and choose alternative skincare options. Fortunately, there are plenty of safe and effective skincare products available that are specifically formulated for breastfeeding parents.

To make informed decisions about your skincare routine while breastfeeding, it's always a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider or a dermatologist who can provide personalized advice based on your unique circumstances. They can help you select breastfeeding-friendly products that’ll keep your skin healthy and glowing while ensuring the well-being of your precious baby.

Pregnant woman holding her stomach on a bed with a plant in the background

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  1. National Institutes of Health"Vitamin A and Carotenoids"Aug 11, 2022https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-Consumer/#:~:text=If%20you%20are%20or%20might%20be%20pregnant%20or%20breastfeeding%2C%20you%20should%20not%20take%20high%2Ddose%20supplements%20of%20preformed%20vitamin%20A..


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