Although you’ve probably baby-proofed and detoxed your home as a way to create a safe environment for your newborn, you might have overlooked a few hidden dangers that can pose a threat to their health. If you’re planning to breastfeed your baby, you already know the importance of having a natural, healthy diet. However, you need to be selective and careful not only about the foods you consume but also about the products you put on your body because they may contain certain toxic chemicals that you can transfer to your baby. Whether it comes to your soap, hand cream or lipstick, consider making the switch to personal care products based on natural, toxin-free ingredients.
• Organic Beauty Products
As a new mother, you might experience lower self-esteem due to the changes in your body, lack of sleep and stress. However, you shouldn’t forget to take care of and indulge yourself, which often entails putting some makeup on and going out with friends. While makeup products can boost self-esteem and make you feel like your old self, they can also endanger you and your baby’s health. Namely, makeup may contain a range of different chemicals, including phthalates and parabens, that can then enter your bloodstream and your breast milk, and eventually pass onto your baby. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should completely forget about makeup, just that you should switch to a healthy alternative. Organic makeup is based on natural ingredients and produced according to eco-friendly standards, so you won’t have to worry about chemicals as long as you remember to read the label. Not only will this makeup ensure that you are toxin-free, but it will also provide you with health benefits.(1)
• Nutritious Skin-Care Products
All products that you put on your body can release certain substances into the bloodstream, which is a major risk for a breastfeeding woman.(2) On the flip side, there are products that can help ensure your skin health and enhance its immunity, keeping certain toxins at bay. From body lotions to face and hand creams, you should choose products based on natural, nutritious ingredients, especially those that are based on water and contain fatty acids. For example, a cocoa butter body lotion is quite healthy for the skin and can help in dealing with any annoying stretch marks.
• Neutral Fragrances
Whether it comes to soap, body lotion or deodorant, you should go with neutral, fragrance-free products. Most of those beautiful scents and seductive aromas contain a significant amount of chemicals that can affect baby’s sensitive sense of smell. Not only will strong fragrances be off-putting to your baby, especially during breastfeeding, but they have also been linked to certain health issues, such as skin irritations, allergies, and immune system damage. In addition, keep in mind that going with natural scents isn’t necessarily a safer option because they still may be chemical-based. Therefore, you should consider replacing your products with ones that are fragrance-free over the period of breastfeeding.
• Natural Hygiene Products
After giving birth, it can take around six months before you start menstruating again. You shouldn’t be worried if your period is at first irregular or has a heavier flow. This is completely normal, but if you’re still concerned about it after a while, you can consult with your doctor, especially if it’s not returning to normal. Nonetheless, you should make sure to use natural personal hygiene products. For example, organic and reusable feminine hygiene products are a healthy and eco-friendly alternative to regular products. You can choose from a wide selection of different products, such as pads, cleansing wash, menstrual cups and others, all free of toxic chemicals. Thus, when you get your period again, you won’t have to worry about the hidden dangers of unnecessary toxins.
• Aluminium-Free Deodorant
If you’ve heard that you need to completely stop using antiperspirants, don’t panic. While you should definitely avoid aluminum-based antiperspirants, you can still use deodorants free from this substance. Since your body eliminates numerous toxins through the process of sweating, you shouldn’t use aluminum-based antiperspirants because they are designed to prevent you from sweating. Deprived of this natural process, your body will find another way to detox – through your breast milk. Consequently, the toxins from your body will then be transferred to your baby, which can seriously endanger their fragile immune system. By switching to an aluminum-free deodorant, you will still feel fresh while protecting your baby.
Switching to healthy, natural skin-care, beauty and hygiene products will help you get rid of toxins and protect you and your baby’s health. ♥
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