Beauty treatments for Breastfeeding Mothers

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Breastfeeding mothers frequently ask if they can continue to have their favourite beauty treatments whilst breastfeeding without harming their babies.  Because these products are not readily absorbed, levels reaching breastmilk would be insignificant if detectable at all.  Whilst you are breastfeeding you can:

  • Have your hair coloured, permed, straightened or bleached
  • Have false nails applied and use nail varnish
  • Have a spray tan
  • Have dental work (see information sheet on dental treatment which can be downloaded from . There is little research on having teeth whitened but it is unlikely to affect breastfeeding as it should not be swallowed
  • Have a pedicure or manicure
  • Have osteopathic or chiropractic treatment
  • Have a massage with simple massage oils
  • Have a leg or bikini line wax

If you have any concerns please contact the Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline.


©Dr Wendy Jones MBE, MRPharmS and the Breastfeeding Network Sept 2019