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Doctor insights on: Is It Safe To Use Retinol While Breastfeeding

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Dr. Lourdes Margarita Landron-Garcia
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Vitamin A (Definition)

Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in low light. It may also be needed ...Read more


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Is it safe to get a facial with retinol products including a chemical peel while breastfeeding? Will it affect the breastmilk?

Is it safe to get a facial with retinol products including a chemical peel while breastfeeding? Will it affect the breastmilk?

Should not: Based on the products used, your aesthetician should be able to give you the final word. All the best. ...Read more

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Can I use retinol while breastfeeding?

Can I use retinol while breastfeeding?

Retinol: The literature says it's safe to use retinol while breastfeeding. In fact, it's been given class a status, meaning no risk has ever been determined in human studies. But it's always safe to consult your obstetrician before using it. ...Read more

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I have an 8 month one that I am still breastfeeding, can I use a retinol cream on my crows feet?

I have an 8 month one that I am still breastfeeding, can I use a retinol cream on my crows feet?

Moderately safe: Vitamin a creams are considered moderately safe when used during breastfeeding. Blood concentration after application is essentially zero & there is no evidence of significant passage in the breast milk. ...Read more

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I have been breastfeeding and just read that retinol in otc creams are not good. What can happen to my baby and should I throw away all my milk?

I have been breastfeeding and just read that retinol in otc creams are not good. What can happen to my baby and should I throw away all my milk?

General rules: The creams or lotions that you apply to your skin are generally fine during breast feeding as long as they are not applied to the feeding sites. Their medication content does not enter the blood in a detectable amount that would influence the milk. This includes retinol. See Medications & Mothers Milk, Hale, T.15th ed. P1100. ...Read more

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Retinol creams during breast feeding. Is it safe? If not what are the alternatives. Thhhhaaaank you. .

Retinol creams during breast feeding. Is it safe? If not what are the alternatives. Thhhhaaaank you. .

Retinoids creams: Safe to use when breast feeding just not in contact with the baby's mouth, do not allow the baby to ingest it. All the best. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take vitamin a while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take vitamin a while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: Too much vitamin a can be dangerous. Take one adult multivitamin which will have a safe level of vitamin a and eat a balanced healthy diet with lots of vegetables and fish. ...Read more

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Is it safe to apply vitamin a directly on my skin as retinol?

Is it safe to apply vitamin a directly on my skin as retinol?

Retinol Benefits: Topical vitamin a (retinol) is converted to retinoic acid in the skin, producing many of the benefits that have been noted with retin a (tretinoin). These include the reduction of fine lines, smoothing of the skin surface, improvement of skin tone, and improvement of acne.

If the retinol concentration is too high, dryness and possibly irritation of the skin may be noticed. ...Read more

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Are other prescription creams like acutane or retinol safe to take as well?

Are other prescription creams like acutane or retinol safe to take as well?

For the most part.: While oral agents such as Accutane and Doxycycline cause significant birth defects and should be avoided. The topical agents are felt to be relatively safe in pregnancy. Benzoyl peroxide is the recommended agent for the treatment of acne in pregnancy. As with any medication or agent check with your health care provider before using any agent. ...Read more

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I'm 21 break out before my period and have uneven skin tone + scars. Is retinol specifically tretinoin safe to use? Would using vit a cream be similar?

I'm 21 break out before my period and have uneven skin tone + scars. Is retinol specifically tretinoin safe to use? Would using vit a cream be similar?

Precautions: Yes it is generally safe to use but certain precautions such as avoidance of sun exposure using a high spf sun block should be employed. Other mor controversial issues are potential teratogenic effects due to systemic absorption particularly if applied to large areas of the body and therefore, birth control may be an issue or avoiding use if contemplating pregnancy in the near future. ...Read more

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Theraflu and breastfeeding safe?

Theraflu and breastfeeding safe?

Yes: There are several components to this product but all are considered safe for breast feeding. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more