Last update: Oct. 9, 2016
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.
Ultraviolet rays (UV) type A and B are a part of sunlight radiation.
Some lamps also emit this type of radiation for cosmetic purposes (tanning bed device) and treatment of certain skin diseases: psoriasis, vitiligo, etc. and, because of their germicidal properties for disinfection and sterilization of instruments.
UV-A and UV-B rays may cause premature aging of the skin and the risk of skin cancer (melanoma) is increased in people with frequent exposure without adequate protection. But excessive use of sunscreen creams in pregnant women, mothers and infants causes a deficit of vitamin D both in the plasma and breastmilk that warrants the use of oral supplementation with vitamin D to breastfed infants for prevention of rickets and other possible health issues (Balasubramanian 2008, Jones 2016).
UV radiation even for therapeutic purposes is compatible with breastfeeding (Beani 2010, Bae 2012).
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.
Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.
Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.
e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Asociación Pro Lactancia Materna (APROLAM) from Mexico
Would you like to recommend the use of e-lactancia? Write to us at corporate mail of APILAM