Breastfeeding can give you dandruff – who knew! Not every woman will get dandruff from breastfeeding, but dry skin, eczma and dandruff are not uncommon in breastfeeding mothers.
Some of the reasons breastfeeding causes dandruff in some women include:
- An increase in hormones.
- Less water in the body (due to being in the breastmilk) because the mama isn’t drinking more water to compensate.
- Deficiencies caused by the mother having a diet that doesn’t compensate for all the nutrients going to her child.
So what can you do about breastfeeding dandruff? Unfortunately, some women find that they have dandruff until they stop breastfeeding. But that said, it can be improved by using some of the following and in some cases, get rid of dandruff completely while still breastfeeding:
- Increase your water intake.
- Take natural supplements (not chemically manufactured ones, which your body has trouble absorbing) and increase your dietary intake of things you may be low in.
- Wash your hair with cold water, as hot water dries it out.
- Use rinses of apple cider vinegar and water, or baking soda, to help your scalp PH.
- Check out this guide on how to get rid of dandruff in just 12 hours!