Perfume is not recommended during breastfeeding.
There are a few key reasons for this:
- Your own personal scent is very important for the baby.
- It is important that your baby can smell the scent of breastmilk.
- Babies have a heightened sense of smell and sensitivities to unnatural scents.
If you are someone who just can’t give up your perfume or scented lotions, here are a few tips to consider:
- Spray on your chest or anywhere near your breasts – it will taste very bad for your baby if here was perfume on your boob when they go to eat.
- Use scented shower gels or wash lotions around your chest area
- Always strategically spray in places that your baby’s skin won’t touch – like your wrists or legs.
Smell is such a strong sense in babies and on top of this, the scent may be irritating to them. Some women find it easier to adjust to life without perfume before their little bundle arrives rather than after. Did you wear perfume whilst you were pregnant?