I am five months pregnant and want breastfeed the baby. But I
have several long coarse black hair around my nipples. (As I have
hirsutism, I have similar hair around my neck and stomach as well.)Could
you please suggest a safe method of removing them? I have tried
to trim them using scissors, but they grow back more grizzly.
I do not want to use depilatory creams as the chemical components
in them might be very harmful to the baby. If I leave the hair
as it is I am afraid that the baby will swallow many of those
thick ones. Please help me with your advise.
Hair follicles surround the nipples, and most women have at least
some nipple hair. In some women, the hair is coarser and more
noticeable than in others.
worry about trying to remove the hair. Unless you want to pluck
them out frequently (ouch!), then I would just leave them alone.
It is doubtful that the baby's sucking will pull them out (think
about how hard you have to tug when you pluck a hair in order
to remove the root), and even if he does swallow one or two, I
don't think that he is likely to choke on them.
I have worked
with many mothers with hairy nipples over the years, and have
certainly never heard of a baby choking on them. If you are still
concerned, ask your pediatrician for his recommendations regarding
the chances of a baby choking on a hair the length of those found
on a nipple. I doubt that he will be concerned, but it's worth
checking out. You also might want to consult a dermatologist who
has experience in permanent hair removal methods and get his advice.
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