What vitamin am lacking if my hair is falling out like crazy?

Nafeesa - posted on 01/18/2010 ( 174 moms have responded )

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I have 2 daughters,my youngest is 4 months and breastfeeding. With my first daughter my hair stared falling out n stopped because i started her on bottle feeding. Now my hair is falling out like crazy with my second child n i dont intend stopping the breastfeeding...What can i do ive tried everything..

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Tara - posted on 01/21/2010

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Your doctor should have told you that you are NOT losing your hair because of breastfeeding. While pregnant you don't lose as much hair as you normally would because of hormones. Within 6mos of childbirth your hair will start to fall out a little more than normal for a little while. It's the pregnancy not breastfeeding that does that. You can't avoid it.

Twi. - posted on 01/21/2010

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Were you quite a young Mother? I was 17 with my first child & 20 with my 2nd & after that my hair loss was profound, among so many other factors. What was finally discovered after a lot of blood work was I have hypothyroidism. I was told this is quite common in women whom have had children young. Get your Doc. to check your TSH , & T4 levels,this might be what you have.

Alfreda - posted on 01/21/2010

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Are you still taking your prenatal vitamins? If you are you shouldnt need to add anything else because they have everything you would need,they are great for hair and nails.

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I had the same problem (minus small children and breastfeeding).It was so bad that I went shopping for a wig. I bought GNC's hair, nail and skin vitamin and it stop falling out and tons of new hairs are growing back. Worked wonders for me!

Stacey - posted on 01/21/2010

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Have your thyroid checked ASAP, that was my prob. been dealing w/ it forover 10yrs, but didn't know it 'till i was having major melt downs over stupid stuff. thought i was going crazy (literally)i have ALWAYS been very grounded. make sure they do the whole pannel including T3 &T4

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Unfortunately this is a normal part post-partum. The dramatic changed in estrogen and progesterone cause a large shedding in a vast majority of patients. This will slow and resolve on its own. If it continues longer than three months or so, see your physician as you may be having other hormone conditions. One of the most common causes of hair loss (after the initial shed) is due to thyroid failure. To test for this, your physician or provider can simply order a blood test. Other long term causes can be decreased estrogen production (menopause/peri-menopausal). For right now, relax and wait and see as this will most likely correct itself. Stressing about the situation can make it worse. This is first hand experience talking as well as from a RN standpoint. Hope this helps. Of course, while breastfeeding, make sure you are intaking sufficient calories and a prenatal vitamin. (This information does not replace physician consultation).

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2010

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No vitamins will help, your hair is falling out due the the decreased Estrogen levels post delivery. Also when you are pregnant, you have increased blood flow to the hair follicles. I do believe this in relation to increased Estrogen also. What happens during pregnancy is your hair does not shed as usual. When the Estrogen drops, your hair follicles return to shedding due to decreased blood flow the the hair follicles. It will stop after your body adjusts to the drop in Estrogen. No vitamins will help this, but Minoxidil will stimilate those hair follicles as the increased Estrogen did!

Brittany - posted on 01/21/2010

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your hair will fall out because it thickend so much while you were pregers, so your hair is just going back to its normal state. I kept taking my prenatals for a couple months after i had my daughter

Danielle - posted on 01/21/2010

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My hair did that for about six months. I breastfeed, but I know someone who bottlefeeds and her hair fell out in clumps for about six-seven months. It is apparently natural, if a bit distressing.

Sara - posted on 01/21/2010

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During pregnancy my hair got really thick and none of it was ever to be found in the drain after a shower. Then about 4 months into breastfeeding it started falling out like crazy! I got some Bumble and Bumble hair powder in dark brown so my white scalp wasn't so visible! I was horrified. But surprisingly fast it started growing back. I had two different lengths of bangs for a few months, but now, 8 months into breastfeeding, my hair is at least back to normal, and maybe a little thicker than before the babies. So just ride it out. I think it's hormones, but it will pass faster than you think.

Caroline - posted on 01/21/2010

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Everyone's advice is good, but at the end of the day I think, if it really is extremely bad ~ to the point of getting bald spots ~ then it's definately worthy of a trip to the dr for some blood-level tests. Get him to check ZINC (it's often missed) as well as Iron (iron deficiency can lead to hair loss). If it all comes back clear you will know you just need to wait for you body to settle down again and it will regrow :D

Nancy - posted on 01/21/2010

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I have been told that when your hair falls out you are in need of protein. (meats ,peanut butter things like that) Hopw this helps!!! :-)

Tanya - posted on 01/21/2010

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The same thing happened to me with my 3rd son and i was not breast feeding. my doctor recomended taking my maternity vitimins and i did and still am, my mother in law is a hair dresser so i got my hair cut and got really good shampoo and i havnt lost any more hair in a few weeks thanks god.

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One more thing....I also had to go to a Naturopath and they checked me out and I also had low thyroid issues and I started taking some natural thyroid medicine and that not only helped my energy, but my hair loss issue too, and it wasn't permanant. It boosed it up and then I could stop taking it and it worked wonderfully after that! :) Good luck

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Trace minerals are HUGE for that! I was lacking with 3 babies and breastfeeding and found that my lack of minerals and calcium/ magnesium also started up an asmatic issue. All solved once I started taking trace minerals and a whole food vitamin. Whole food vitamins are the best! If you look at a bottle and is says whole foods look on back and if it had things like Vitamin A (as beta cartotene) or Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) anything that lists the Vintamin and then has ( ) is man made and those vitamins are not whole foods and in the long run with deplete you because it doesn't contain all the substances to make it complete. See man made might have 4 parts to the Vitamin A but in natural Vitamin A it has 5 parts, so the man made vitamin goes in and then takes from your body that missing link ( #5 part) to make it a perfect Vitamin A. In the lond run depleteing you. I hope that makes sense.Whole food supplements are made of foods and herbs or just foods. They work the best. Having kids are wonderful, but in order to grow healthy babies our bodies take EVERYTHING vitamin stored that we have to help that happen. Trace Minerals and Whole food vitamin will help SO much! :) I happen to use Mega Foods whole food vitamin. There are many out there though. Good luck :)

Catherine - posted on 01/21/2010

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When preg. hair cycle stopes. Normal cycle: growth phase,dormancy,fall out. When preg. the fall ot stage doesn't happen

Kristi - posted on 01/21/2010

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It might not have anything to do with breastfeeding, hormones or a lack of a certain vitamin. The best thing to do is talk to your doctor about your symptoms because it could be your thyroid. Other symptoms include (which a new mom can easily contribute to being a new mom): fatigue, weight loss, racing heart, increased appetite, irregular heart beat and others. It is best to get this corrected as soon as possible, if that is what is going on because it can lead to other, more significant problems.

User - posted on 01/21/2010

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I had the same thing happen to me and ended up going to she a hair specialist and after several batteries of test blood urine, stool the whole enchaladias they found out iron is not being absorbed by stomach and the iron is passing right through my system. For the last several years especially while I am pregnant I have B12 injections every 2 weeks. My hair has never been so full in my whole life. Have it looked at especially if you are starting to feel run down and tired a lot! Good Luck I know it is not a pleasant experience. Oh and the vitamins can help but they are not enough for my system. Get the tests done first though before you start upping your vitamins otherwise it can screw up the results.

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It is not a vitamin def. it is hormonal. When a woman has a baby her estrogen surges while pregnant, this is why we have great thick hair while pregnant. Shortly after having the baby (between months 4 and 7) the estrogen level drops and our hairs begin to fall out. You are probably not balding....although it sure feels like it. The hair loss should tapper off by month 9. **Fast fact - the average woman loses 100 hairs per day, when pregnant the average woman will lose about 30 hairs per day, and after child birth most women will begin losing around 200+ hairs per day. You should only be alamed if you grab a small section of hair and more than 6 hairs come out at one time. (Small section means like the size of your child's pinky. --Hope this helps.

Sheila - posted on 01/21/2010

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Don't panic!! Didn't you notice your glorious "pregnancy mane"?? When you are pregnant the body releases a hormone that keeps your hair from falling out. I think its a side effect for a larger purpose. A couple of months after baby is born that hormone is reduced and all the hair you should have been losing starts to come out. You naturally lose 100-150 hairs A DAY so now your body is just playing "catch-up". Its annoying! I wish I could have kept my pregnancy-mane too. (sigh)
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In my case, it was the anesthesia. It happened with both girls and then again after an unrelated surgery. It began a month or less after birth and stopped falling out around 6-7 months then began to grow back again. I assume it was all out of my system at that point. It was the pain med/Epidural.

Marcie - posted on 01/21/2010

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Keep taking your prenatal vitamins, add EFAs if possible. Talk to a doctor. :-)

Cindy - posted on 01/21/2010

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HI! I had a similar problem when breastfeeding. At that time I decided to lose my baby weight on myself by going vegetarian. I found out later that it was OK to try to lose weight, but being vegetarian to do it was wrong. Your body needs MORE, not less food and nutrients when breastfeeding. The body is made so that if there is anything lacking such as nutrients and calories, it will take it from the mom just to feed the baby, to ensure that future generations continue. It is the body's way of ensuring survival of future generations. So for instance if you have a calcium deficiency in your diet, the body makes sure the baby gets calcium by robbing it from your bones,. So hair falling out could be not enough protein in the diet or not enough nutrients. Also could just be hormones being out of whack from the birth and nursing and if it's hormones, it shoud correct itself over time. Make sure you are eating healthy and often and that you're getting enough protein and other nutrients. Good luck! Cindy

Alicia - posted on 01/21/2010

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I agree with Jennifer Moravik the 7th post down. With my first son my hair fell out and I thought if I loose anymore I would not have any left. My Dr. told me that when you are prego your hair does not fall out as much or sometimes not at all then after the baby is born all the hair that should have fell out when you were prego now does! nothing to worry about!I hope this helps

Lea - posted on 01/21/2010

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Losing hair after pregnancy is perfectly normal. Whether you breastfeed has nothing to do with it so please don't stop breastfeeding!

Sara - posted on 01/21/2010

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It has nothing to do with whether you breastfeed or not. It has to do with hormone levels. You tend to have thicker hair while you are pregnant, something to do with the cycle of hair growth and hormones while you are pregnant. About 3/4 months after baby is born you hormone levels settle back into a more regular level and your hair sort of regulates itself again.

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2010

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Bioten is a good hair and nail vitamin. My hairdresser recommended it to me and it helps.

Christiana - posted on 01/21/2010

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Totally normal. It happened to me as well around 4 months after I had my baby. It will stop and the hair will grow back. Keep taking your vitamins so your hair does grow back healthy and shiny.

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I did not read all 90 replies to this, so my apologies if this is redundant...
My hair fell out in handfulls after I had my second child...she is 2 now. My hairdresser explained that on an average day, we normally lose about 90 hairs a day. He said that when a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding your body is changing (hormones, naturally) and you should keep most if not all of your hair. After your stop (being pregnant or breastfeeding) your hormones change again and your hair will try to "catch up" with the falling out. Mine did this and I just now have a normal head of hair...plus, it is curly ("poker straight" previously)!
Because you are noticing your hair is falling out while you are breastfeeding, it does sound like you are missing something or may even have too much of something else, chemical-wise. From a medical professional's POV I would speak to my physician and have some levels checked...he/she can suggest which ones. Your body changes in so many ways, inside and out during and after pregnancy.

Melody - posted on 01/21/2010

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This is natural. It is caused by the breastfeeding itself. Not because of a lack of vitamin, but by the hormones released/caused by the breastfeeding! Its going to continue until you are done breastfeeding.

Michelle - posted on 01/21/2010

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Mine also did this.I don't beleave it was due to a lack of vitamins.I have psoriasis.The Dr thought my hair loss was a combination of the meds in the IV during labor and my psoriasis.You would be surprised how long it takes your body to rid all of the meds. from labor.I would say if your hair is still falling out after 6mo. you should speak with a Dr.

Nancy - posted on 01/21/2010

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I believe it is a vitamin deficiency of zinc. You may also have white spots on your nail beds from this. My natural path gave me a chart. I had a friend that was loosing her hair due to stress and she wasn't eating properly. She used my advice and It didn't take long before her hair got thicker. Best Wishes!

Becky - posted on 01/21/2010

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Hi there. The winter months is the time of year that our hair normally falls out, more so than other months that is why we notice it so much. I have had the same issues over the past 4 months and I asked my stylist what I could do. Stress and lack of sleep is a key factor. Are you still taking a multi vitamin? If not, try your best to do so. With breastfeeding, you need as many nutriants as possible. I am pushing 35 and I have noticed wonders by taking women's day w/ metabolism booster. I have also noticed after a month, that my hair is stronger and not falling out as much. Drink lots of water if you can, I know, it's a boring drink but it does wonders on our skin, hair and body. Good luck!

Richaile - posted on 01/21/2010

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I started losing hair well after my last child was born and have been put on 3 different types of thyroid meds and none of them helped the hair loss. I take numerous vitamins and they do not help. I have resorted to having my hormone levels (including testosterone) checked and they are all low. I am now on bioidentical (compund) creams. We shall see if this does the trick!! Just some ideas if you have tried the others.

Natasha - posted on 01/21/2010

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You really should have your thyroid level checked with a blood test - it sounds typical of hypothyroidism which can trigger during and after pregnancy. I have auto immune thyroid disease and it became much harder to control when pregnant and feeding and I suffered thinning and hair loss. The wonders of hormones!

Marcia M. - posted on 01/21/2010

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Have you tried folic acid? It worked for me when a med I took caused mine to fall out.

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My hair fell out after my second child but they never told me it was related to breastfeeding. The doctor told me that it usually happens 3-6 months after child birth due to a drop in hormones. If you're looking for a vitamin though, when I found out I was B-12 deficient, I found out it could also cause hair loss. Some people can't digest B-12 though so you may have to have the doctor check your levels and if it's low they could start you on shots. Of course, you should make sure with your doctor that it's okay to use the B-12 pills because you don't want to harm your little one since you are nursing. If you're just looking for a multi-vitamin, the doctor told me that Flintstones Complete (only the "complete" have iron) is the best one on the market and it's easy to digest because it doesn't require an intrinsic factor. But if the hair loss is not due to the vitamin deficiency, then it is most certainly just the shift in hormones and like last time, it will stop falling out in a short amount of time.

Emily - posted on 01/21/2010

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You may have a Vitamin D deficiency. My friend's sister had been losing hair like crazy and actually lost a toenail before she went to the doctor to complain. She is on a prescription medicine right now to level her back out. Losing hair after having a child is common and expected, but if you see a significant difference I would mention this to your OBGYN.

Ivy - posted on 01/21/2010

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Whoever said she is taking 2 multi-vitamins--quit that unless that is the recommended dose. Some vitamin and mineral doses should not exceed the dose in a multi-vitamin. You could poison yourself (or your baby if breastfeeding, On topic: Hair loss should be expected 3-5 months after the baby arrives for al the reasons mentioned above--however, likeothers have said, pregnancy can negatively affect thyroid production. A quick blood test will determine if that is at all to blame. I have a thyroid condition and after both of my pregnancies, my levels changed, Went lower with first and went higher with second, so my hair loss was a little worse than the normal pregnancy change. I also noticed that the hair on my legs/under arms was not growing much. That is how I knew it was not just normal pregnancy. My baby is 8 months now and I have hair growing in that is about an inch long now all over my head. This is all the replacement hair for what I lost.

Rose - posted on 01/21/2010

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your hair may be lacking kerratin something that we nat have but gets weaker amounts as we grow older

Diyana - posted on 01/21/2010

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You're not missing any vitamins. You might have noticed that during your pregnancy your hair was thicker than usual and probably had some really great hair days. That's because your hair does not fall out during pregnancy and you had plenty of new growth due to vitamin E and probably hormones. A few months after delivery, your hair starts to fall out. It's nothing unusual, happens to all of us. We're just getting back to our normal head of hair. Just keep taking your prenatal vitamins and nursing your baby.

Lucy - posted on 01/21/2010

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It may not be related to vitamins, probably just your body shedding the hair it retained during pregnancy like the other mums have suggested. It might be worth asking the doctor to check your thyroid function, I had dramatic hair loss after the birth of my second child and it turned out that the pregnancy had triggered hypothyroidism (under active thyroid) which causes hair loss, weight gain and fatigue.

Megan - posted on 01/20/2010

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when you are pregnant your hair doesn't fall out it does when you have had your baby. i've had four children and it got worse with each child I thought for sure I'd end up bald, glad to say I still have a head full of hair. Don't stop breastfeeding your baby.

Bron - posted on 01/20/2010

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Very normal :) It's not from breastfeeding but from being pregnant. I bet you had glorious hair while pregnant? The cycles go funny, so you went into a growth cycle. Now your pregnancy hormones are gone, you're into a fall out cycle. It'll catch up soon enough :)

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my mom lost her hair like that just from stress, her doctor told her to take prenatals and her hair stopped falling out and grew back nice and thick. hope this helps!

Karen - posted on 01/20/2010

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I had the same thing happen everytime I had a baby and I bottle fed all 3 of them. It's a part of the hormonal changes that occur after having kids. If you have your hair cut a few inches shorter, it won't shed so much. I cut mine 5" shorter and it didn't shed at all. But, the doc may be able to help you find a vitamin or something to help also.

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