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25/08/2005 at 17:26
What are your views on wearing perfume and body lotion if you're breast feeding? I can imagine the smell might is quite strong for your baby but then what do you girls use - anything or do you go completely au natural!? So far I haven't been using anything but I would like to find an alternative that makes me feel a little fresher! :)
26/08/2005 at 09:00
Cass, I feel like I'm always first to your questions!

For daily use when I was breastfeeding I used a Lancome body spray, the green one, but I sprayed a little on my clothes, not my body. The effect is very delicate. It's a bit of an indulgence, but I figured I deserved it!

If it's something special I used perfume but only on my wrists and clothes, never near my neck.
26/08/2005 at 16:20
Its great - thanks for answering them! Body spray's a good idea - not as strong as perfume! And yes we totally deserve it! i spend most of my time these days feeling like a bit of a mess - don't have much time to myself so feeling like i smell nice will make that little bit of difference! and great if it won't interfere with feeding baby!
26/08/2005 at 17:29
Hi cass,
if you're looking for a body spray or body mist - i sometimes use the body shop range of body mists! there's a really nice flavour - i think its called moon flower! really fresh!
09/11/2007 at 21:43
hi, im new to all this. my daugter is now 11 weeks... i stopped wearing perfume, smelly body lotions as breast feeding.. i never really thought about body sprays/ mists so thanks xx
15/01/2008 at 08:13

Hi, i think it is preferrable to use body sprays with natural smells like lemon,orange etc rather than perfumes cos they are harsh in smell.Thanks Oge

06/11/2008 at 15:56
There is a range by Tesco called B Natural (?) someone bought me for my birthday. Loved that and used the body lotion everyday. Just need to get some more now!
28/01/2010 at 12:43

Definately try out the body shop moonflower spray, it's really nice. Not too sure if you get the vanilla one in the body shop's in the uk (I'm in oz) but that is also really nice. Boots also had their own brand of vanilla body spray that was nice when I lived over there a few uears ago.

Hope that helps

29/01/2010 at 21:15

if you ladies have a Lush store by any of you they do a great range of solid perfumes that come in little tins, are about £3 and all natural I used them when BF my LO and knew I smelt gorgeous without over powering smells too strong for baby! cause they're solid oil based they make your skin soft too and don't have the chemicals of some body sprays. boots botanical range do something similar I think though its a bit dearer.

after a while you do resign your self to smelling of milk and babies though lol its like that advert that was on a while ago...can't remember what it was for but it was a guy narrating it and said when I kiss your beautiful neck you smell of perfume and a little bit of baby sick!

vicky xx

30/01/2010 at 19:51

Hi everyone,

My little boy is 15 months now and I stopped breastfeeding him three months ago, and I can promise you I didn't spend a year au natural! I swopped my usual spray deodorant for a gentle fragrance free roll-on for the first few months after he was born but then I went back to using my normal spray and baby wasn't bothered at all. I also echo the comments above about Lush solid perfumes; I used Flying Fox on my wrists, behind ears and along clavicle so I felt sweet smelling but it wasn't so strong or in an area that would affect baby. I also used Lush showergels - the fragrance isn't strong but lasts all day (hubby can come home after a 10 hour shift an I can still smell the showergel on his hair!). To be honest it felt like a miracle to get washed and into fresh clothes every day in the early weeks of breastfeeding, so while deodorant was a must perfume usually got forgotten... 

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