Is indoor tanning safe when you breastfeed?

Meaghan - posted on 03/12/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




I've googled it multiple times and can't get an answer .. does anyone know if its okay to go tanning while you breastfeed?

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Brittni - posted on 03/14/2009




I had the same question and this is what I found

"Tanning is completely compatible with breastfeeding and will not alter the milk whatsoever. There is no record of any dangers to the breastfed baby in relation to tanning. Sometimes clients are given Carotene to enhance the tanning - that should be avoided while breastfeeding. Make sure to protect your nipples from burn (for your own comfort more than anything), and keep in mind that ultraviolet exposure ages skin prematurely and increases the risk of cancer."

Olga - posted on 03/14/2009




Hi Meaghan. I'm not sure about tanning salons and breastfeeding, but I do know that you can get certain kinds of skin cancer solely from a tannning bed? Just a thought!

Is it worth it? Tanning in the sun, not between 11 and 3 is the best if you have to get a little sunshine and colour.

all the best!

Soffie - posted on 03/14/2009




I used to work in a tanning salon and this is a good question. I personally don't think it would be a problem...Just make sure u don't burn ur nipples or that could cause some problems of discomfort for u...

Carrie - posted on 03/13/2009




Honestly, there probably isn't a study done on it to tell you yes or no.  I'd say occasional tanning (like you would do in the sun) should be fine, but I wouldn't over do it.

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