A.S. asks from Washington, DC on September 24, 2008
Hair Loss - Washington, DC
Hello! I'm having major problems with hair loss. Everyone I talk to says this is normal for a breastfeeding mom but I just can't believe how much hair I'm losing!! I feel like there is no way it's normal. I've always had very healthy thick hair and now my ponytail is about 1/4 of what it used to be. I don't want to stop breastfeeding just yet but I don't want to go bald either! Help! Are there any vitamins or supplements I can take to stop this? My scalp is also itchy which is a problem I'm not used. If I get pregnant again in the not too far future..before the hair that I lost comes back in..I'm going to be completely bald! How do other women do it??
Any advice is much appreciated..thx
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M.F. answers from Roanoke on September 25, 2008
If you are having any other symptoms you may want to have your physican check that your thyroid is under control. After I had my son I found out that I had a hyperactive thryoid. I was losing a LOT of hair, such that I was starting to worry about coming up with new hair styles to hide the bald patches. But I also had other symptoms like weight loss, feeling anxious, and being hot all the time. Once I was on medication to treat the problem my hair went back to normal. You can read about the symptoms on-line and see if you feel like it is worth mentioning to the doctor. Good luck.
N.B. answers from Dover on September 25, 2008
Don't freak out, it is normal. And it isn't the breastfeeding, it's your body adjusting to it's normal hormone levels. When you were pregnant, you probably didn't lose much hair, now that your body is going back to "normal", you're losing hair regularly, plus all the hair that acumulated during your pregnancy. Unless you start feeling bald patches (in which case, I'd see a doctor), don't worry too much, it'll grow back. I've always had very thick hair, and with both of my sons I started losing it when they were 3-4 months old. To help with the dryness I'd suggest having a salon do a deep-conditioning treatment, or you could do one at home. Olive oil, wrap head up, leave in for about 30 minutes, then wash. Good luck, and congratulations on your baby.
S.N. answers from Washington DC on September 25, 2008
While it is normal to have some significant hair loss after pregnancy, whether breast feeding or not, it's not normal to lose quite that much. Have your doctor check your thyroid function. Hyperthyroidism can affect post partum women (it can be temporary)and one of the symptoms is hair loss. I know this because I went through it myself. I would literally pull out gobs of hair after a shower and it would clog the drain. I know how alarming it can be! But rest assured, there's an explanation. Again, have your doctor look into it.
Good Luck and Congratulations!
C.B. answers from Norfolk on September 25, 2008
Hi A.! I just had a baby and I had the exact same experience. My hair was falling out in clumps every day and it scared me a little. I talked to my OB about it and she assured me over and over that it was either due to 1)hormones or 2)nutrition. Make sure you have plenty of meat, veggies, eggs, nuts, and seeds in your diet. And continue to take your pre-natals.
Right around the 6 month point is when the hair loss started to decrease and I actually have new hair growing in now. It looks a little funny, but it's so nice to know that it's going to grow back! Hang in there- I assure you it will come back!
R.D. answers from Richmond on September 24, 2008
rest assured, youre NOT really losing hair. when youre pregnant, you actually grow MORE hair because of the hormones (especially if you took prenatal vitamins, which is also why youre nails grow stronger and faster, and it gives you that pregnancy glow). on average, the non preggers, non breastfeeding woman loses 100 strands of hair per day (i lose way more than that, but its normal for me)... i still have a full head of crazy thick hair. youre body is just returning to normal after being pregnant. you WILL NOT GO BALD! good luck, and if youre still concerned, ask youre doctor about it :)
J.C. answers from Richmond on September 25, 2008
The hair loss has nothing to do with breastfeeding-- it is a normal function of your hormonal fluctuations after having had a baby. It could be that you are losing more hair than normal, however, and it might be a really good idea to go into your general practitioner and ask for a full physical. Sometimes pregnancy can help a thyroid issue kick into gear, and it may be that your extra hair loss has something along those lines as a reason behind it. The other thing you could ask for is for them to check your hormone levels, to determine if anything is out of whack there...
Please don't quit breastfeeding-- it isn't because you are breastfeeding. After each of my six deliveries, at about three months out, I lost a bunch of hair as well. It was just my norm. After a couple months of shedding, it slowed down, and things balanced out. I had my thyroid checked a couple of times over the years, but it was just normal hair loss following a pregnancy.
Good luck. Let us know how it all ends up, won't you?
D.G. answers from Washington DC on September 25, 2008
I too had hair loss, but found that by increasing my consumption of fat and protein it got better and my breast milk richer. Of course, eating more fat and meat didn't make me feel to bad either! Eggs, real butter, real cheese etc. Good luck.
S.B. answers from Washington DC on September 25, 2008
Don't worry it is totally normal after having a baby. My hair started falling out when my son was aroung 3 months. My son's hair also fell out at the same time. It has to do with your hormones. Mine stopped falling out when my son was 5 1/2 months.