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Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While Breastfeeding?

Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While Breastfeeding?

This is a question that many new mothers ask, especially if they have been using aromatherapy throughout their pregnancy. The safety of essential oils during breastfeeding is an important concern, as you want to ensure both the mother's and baby's well-being.

For the most part, essential oils that are contraindicated during pregnancy should also be avoided while breastfeeding. Furthermore, we need to consider the safe use of essential oils around a newborn.

It is known that aromatic compounds can pass through breast milk due to their lipophilic nature and molecular weight. However, it's estimated that the exposure of essential oil constituents in breast milk is less than 1% of the maternal dose. This is negligible when using essential oils in appropriate doses and applications.

During the first few weeks after birth, it is important for babies to smell their parents' "signature scent" to assist with bonding and establishing breastfeeding. Therefore, it is best to avoid applying scented oils over your chest and neck area, even if you're not breastfeeding.

In general, we recommend using gentle essential oils and lower dilutions for both topical application and diffusing during breastfeeding. Some safe essential oils for nursing mothers include:

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Known for its calming and soothing properties, lavender can be used to help with relaxation and sleep.
  • Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla): This gentle oil is excellent for soothing skin irritations and promoting relaxation.
  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara): With its uplifting and calming properties, neroli can help alleviate stress and anxiety.

However, it's crucial to consult with a qualified aromatherapist or healthcare professional before using essential oils while breastfeeding, as individual circumstances may vary.

In conclusion, using essential oils during breastfeeding can be safe when done with proper care and guidance. Always choose high-quality, pure essential oils like those offered by Delune, and follow recommended guidelines for dilution and application.

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