laying in the tanning bed while breastfeeding??

Megan - posted on 01/05/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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is it okay to tan while bfing?? will it hurt my milk supply? or my baby?

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Beck - posted on 01/07/2010

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Tanning beds have nearly all been baned on Australia due to the link with skin cancer, some high profile cases brought it on a few years ago. I would never take the risk. The statistics are too high, its something like 6 tanning sessions raise your risk of melenoma by 70%... to scary for me, the thought of leaving my bub behind due to my vanity...no thanks. A spray tan is what I opt for 3times a year for special occasions.

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Monica - posted on 03/15/2013

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Ok so I'm no genius but I tan and I bf (not at the same time bc that's stupid) but I do tan. I cover my breasts though bc personally I don't wanna bf with burnt nipples

Michelle - posted on 01/08/2010

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I just presumed that she meant tan then BF & not do both at the same time due to my weird thought process: Hypothetically (I have to say this b/c I know it's no good to do this, nor do I advocate it b/c it's just stupid & dangerous) let's just say it's ok to tan w/baby in the bed with you. Why would you? You'd end up with a tan & a white pasty spot where the baby was laying & baby would have a back tan only. That being said, I don't think there's any harm to your baby drinking your milk by tanning by yourself if you're a breast milk feeding mother. Just make sure you don't use any tanning supplies that would cause the baby harm & wash really well or shower before you feed the baby.

Tiffany - posted on 01/08/2010

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Quoting Katie:

Hah! For a second I thought you meant actually physically nursing while tanning. As in, your baby was in the tanning bed with you. Phew! Thank goodness that's not what you meant.
I don't know if it has any effect on your milk, but I know it's really terrible to tan. Never been in a tanning salon personally. I'm pasty as can be and that's OK with me;)
Maybe contact a lactation consultant and see what she has to say.



I was with her on this one! Got scared at first! Honestly I couldn't agree more with Katie! She took the words right outta my mouth!

Laura - posted on 01/08/2010

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lol to lisa on the boob! at least some other people think its bad! lets just hope she ment tanning in general.

Jennifer - posted on 01/08/2010

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Please tell me you mean tanning during the course of breastfeeding not while actually doing it? :) I can't see why it would have any affect at all as it causes your skin to produce melanin which is in your skin not milk ducts etc. I highly recommend spray or home cream tanning:) You will look so much better when you are celebrating your baby's 21st birthday- not as many age spots and wrinkles-lol. Hot momma!

Bethany - posted on 01/07/2010

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just wanted to let you know that new studies are concluding that tanning is equally as carcinogenic as smoking cigarettes or inhaling mustard gas. pretty scary.
from Wikipedia:
In July 2009, the IARC released a report that placed tanning beds in its highest cancer risk category, “carcinogenic to humans.” The agency, which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), previously classified tanning beds as “probably carcinogenic.” The change comes after an analysis of more than 20 epidemiological studies indicating that people who begin using tanning devices before age 30 are 75% more likely to develop melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer[18]

A July 28, 2009 Associated Press article stated, "International cancer experts have moved tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category, deeming them as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas."[19]

...but please go to the website and look at the actual studies. a well informed mother is a good mother : ) if you want to be around for MORE of your baby's life, lower your cancer risk! i don't mean to be preachy, i just want us all to enjoy our babies as much as we can while we're here, and this is new information i don't think a lot of people know about, and the tanning industry is trying to hide. it's a lot worse for you than just going outside and laying in the sun!

Eve - posted on 01/07/2010

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If the question is about BFing with the baby in the tanning bed, it is absolutely NOT safe for the baby. The radiation can damage his/her eyes, not to mention the risk of skin cancer and the concerns with heat. But if the question is, as I certainly hope, about tanning alone, then it seems like the previous advice has been pretty good. Someone suggested asking a tanning salon employee about it--for one thing, they are in the business of selling their service, so I would NOT expect an unbiased answer, nor do I think most people working in tanning salons are very well informed on the latest breastfeeding research. I would definitely ask a lactation consultant, an OB/GYN, or a pediatrician (or all three) before proceeding.

Minnie - posted on 01/07/2010

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Quoting Laura:

well i should hope so! but the question is not very clear if that is what the OP ment because it does say Laying in a tanning bed WHILST feeding. which would be very stupid, but obv anyone has the right to a nice tan :)



It IS worded funny- I do hope for her baby's sake that she didn't mean actually tanning with baby on boob in the bed! LOL.

Laura - posted on 01/07/2010

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well i should hope so! but the question is not very clear if that is what the OP ment because it does say Laying in a tanning bed WHILST feeding. which would be very stupid, but obv anyone has the right to a nice tan :)

Minnie - posted on 01/07/2010

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I am pretty sure that the OP meant tanning alone, not with baby in the bed with her, of course.

Laura - posted on 01/07/2010

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no its not! thats the most stupid thing i have ever herd! you will not only damage yourself but your baby aswell, skin cancer here we come!!! or has no one else seen the dangers on the news?!

Breanne - posted on 01/06/2010

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I wouldn't dream of doing that......ok so judging by the response I am reading this wrong...your baby isn't in the tanning bed with you right?

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i'm sure its fine I would just worry about the kind of tanning lotion u use. I heard some of them arent safe for contact with baby and I would also assume spray tanning is a no no

Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2010

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I have psoriasis.Because the UV lights are good for that, my O.B Dr. encoraged me to tan. Even while I was breast feeding. I never noticed a change in the milk supply at all.

Lindsey - posted on 01/06/2010

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I tan about 7-9 times a month and have had no problems at all breastfeeding my 8 month old son. If you really want to tan, go for it!

Lise - posted on 01/05/2010

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Ha ha ha! Sorry, but I totally misunderstood your subject and was picturing a mom and baby in a tanning booth together! :) Don;t have any input, but wanted to share my visual.

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Hah! For a second I thought you meant actually physically nursing while tanning. As in, your baby was in the tanning bed with you. Phew! Thank goodness that's not what you meant.
I don't know if it has any effect on your milk, but I know it's really terrible to tan. Never been in a tanning salon personally. I'm pasty as can be and that's OK with me;)
Maybe contact a lactation consultant and see what she has to say.

Minnie - posted on 01/05/2010

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Perfectly safe for your baby. For you, is the question.

http://www.llli.org/FAQ/tan.html

http://www.kellymom.com/health/lifestyle...

"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."

Rebecca - posted on 01/05/2010

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i always heard tanning beds fry your insides..not sure how true that is..i would do some research or call a reputable tanning supply or business, and ask them what they think. Personally..I wouldn't..plan around it.

Jodi - posted on 01/05/2010

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Well, tanning is a no no among the medical field...but besides the health of your skin I doubt it would hurt your baby. That being said, keep in mind that if you burn accidently and have your breasts exposed...you still have to feed bub! Ouch! Also, be careful of tanning lotions and oils...if you use them make sure you clean off your breasts before bub eats...he doesn't want to ingest that stuff!

Andreina - posted on 01/05/2010

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I think that if you still keep your fluid intake high, or maybe higher than normal since you are tanning, you should be fine. The only thing to be weary of is if you tan with your breasts exposed your areolas will not return to the color that they were before pregnancy. Therefore if you are like some women whose areolas have darkened significantly it will be more permanent. Hope this helps.

Cori - posted on 01/05/2010

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i have heard from my lactation consultant that it will lower your supply but i dont tan so i wouldnt know from experience

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