Breastfeeding 6 months and loosing my hair significantly. How to control hairloss?
Brittney - posted on 09/15/2009
Reading this was sooo helpful! My hair started falling out when Jackson was about 4 1/2-5 months old and I thought it was related to stress from returning to school for my master's, working full-time, and having a new baby! I LOVED my hair while I was pregnant because it was so thick...I have NEVER had thick hair. Now it is so thin I feel that I will go bald. I hope by next March it is back to pre-pregnancy state! Thanks for the info.
Dacia - posted on 09/15/2009
Mine is falling out like crazy too. I have to swipe the drain after every shower to keep all that hair from clogging my plumbing. It's natural and unfortunately this is nothing you can do about it except get a good hair cut to hide it and eat right so that your new hair will grow back healthy. I started noticing it falling out when my son was 3 months old and I am breastfeeding. I've heard that women who do not bf notice it falling out around 6 weeks.
Many new moms are surprised to find themselves shedding more hair than usual in the first few months after giving birth, but it's perfectly normal. And there's no need to panic: You won't go bald. In fact, your hair should be back to normal by your baby's first birthday.
Here's what's going on. Normally, about 85 to 95 percent of the hair on your head is growing and the other 5 to 15 percent is in a resting stage. After the resting period, this hair falls out — often while you're brushing or shampooing it — and is replaced by new growth. An average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day.
During pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen prolong the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you have thicker, more luxuriant tresses.
After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you'll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth.
By the way, not all women notice dramatic changes in their hair during pregnancy or the postpartum period. Among those who do, it tends to be more obvious among women with longer hair.
Yvonne - posted on 09/14/2009
I am also having the same problem...I am into the sixth month of breastfeeding; although I supplement half & half with formula starting at 4 1/2 months. I lose so much hair it's actually scary...I also continued with prenatal vitamins as recommended by my doctor so I seriously don't know when it will subside on its own????
Becky - posted on 09/14/2009
I am having the same problem.. i am not breastfeeding.. but i am loosing hair like crazy... my hair line is actually receeding and it comes out in clumps... i was actually starting to panic.....i went to the dr, they told me it was normal.. so i went and had a good cut done.. and it was reccommended that i take a multi vitamin... i am still dealing with it.. but it's slowly getting better...
Shanai - posted on 09/14/2009
Eat more protein. Chomp down on meats, avocadoe, tofu, chug down protein drinks if you have to. It's a common occurence with not enough protein cause your body is taking it away from other aspects. If it doesn't help... then it is hormones
Suja - posted on 09/11/2009
HI there, Its quite natural to lose hairs ...dont panic,it will subside on its own as its due to the hormaonal changes happening in your body...i had it when my baby was 2-3 months old and now its subsided down and is back to normal.....
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