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Q&A: Will a Tanning Bed Affect My Breast Milk?

I want to tan, but will a tanning bed affect my breast milk? Will it impact my breastfeeding at all?
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ByNancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
Lactation Specialist
Updated
March 2, 2017
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There’s no evidence that tanning has any impact on your breast milk or your breastfed baby. But be sure to avoid tanning lotion on your breasts or plan to wash it off before breastfeeding (it’s not a healthy snack for baby). And, while tanning, it’s best to keep your breasts totally covered with a towel or sports bra to prevent burned, dried-out skin and nipples. (Not fun. Trust us.)

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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