When it comes to breastfeeding, many new mothers have a lot of questions. Is it safe to eat this? Is it safe to drink that? Is it safe to use this product?
When it comes to lubricants, you might be unsure of what is safest for you and if it will affect your baby. KY jelly has been popular for many years as a safe, natural lubricant to use during sexual activity. KY jelly, and most other water-based lubricants are safe to use while breastfeeding.
Let’s take a deep dive:
Is KY safe to use while breastfeeding?
KY Jelly recommended for breastfeeding mothers. It is made from a mixture of glycerine, water and hydroxyethycellulose. KY helps with vaginal dryness, a major concern for breastfeeding mothers.
The ingredients in KY jelly are inert, and none of it will be absorbed through the vaginal tissue into the bloodstream. This means that it will not affect your breast milk at all.
However, bear in mind that KY can increase your risk of having vaginal thrush. KY also contains glycerine, which can be irritating to your healing vaginal tissue.
Blossom Organics Lubricant contains aloe vera and other natural ingredients:
What are the different types of lubricant?
There are four main types of lubricants: water-based, silicone-based, and oil-based and hybrids. Each type has its own unique benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to choose the right type for the job.
- Water-based lubricants are light but tend to dry out quickly, so you may need to reapply them often.
- Silicone-based lubricants last longer than water-based ones. They are thicker and silkier. but can damage silicone toys.
- Oil-based lubricants have the thickest viscosity but don’t last as long as the others. They can also cause latex condoms to break and should not be used with condoms.
- Hybrids are a mix of silicone and water-based formulas that longer than water-based lubes but are not as thick as pure silicone lubes.
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Which lubricants are safe when breastfeeding?
All over-the-counter lubricants are technically safe to use while breastfeeding. None of the ingredients in these lubricants will be absorbed through your vaginal tissue and none of it will be secreted into your breast milk.
However, some of these lubricants might contain irritative ingredients and others might increase your risk of vaginal thrush. Post-partum, you are already feeling dry and sore enough. Why increase your vaginal problems?
Some lubricants are flavored. The sugars and flavoring in these won’t cause any harm to your baby either if swallowed but if used in the v*gina, high sugar lubricants can increase your risk of thrush.
Peppermint and other ‘tingly’ lubricants are not recommended post-partum as the tingly sensations can increase vaginal irritation and pain.
While oestrogen creams and gels are not technically lubricants, they deserve mention. Some moms might not find lubricants enough to alleviate painful sex and some doctors have prescribed these oestrogen pessaries.
We know that oestrogen gets absorbed through the vaginal tissue. However, the ratio of transfer of estrogen from your blood to your breast milk is less than 10:1. Having said that, there is still some transfer and the effect of extra oestrogen in your breast milk on your baby is unknown. None of these products are licensed to be used by breastfeeding moms.
If regular lubes don’t work, consider Replens, a vaginal moisturizer that keeps your v*gina moist up to 3 days with regular use:
Is it safe to use lubricant while breastfeeding?
It is safe to use lubricants while breastfeeding. In fact, it is highly recommended. Most breastfeeding moms suffer from vaginal dryness. Post-partum sex is difficult enough without adding pain into the mix.
To wrap up
KY jelly is safe to use while breastfeeding as it is not absorbed into the milk and does not cause any adverse effects. If you are concerned about using KY, consult with your doctor to see if there is a specific product that is recommended for you.
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