Last update Jan. 17, 2016

Laser Rays

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

The thought that any type of laser-ray (Alexandrite, Diode, Neodymium - ruby or YAG) is incompatible with breastfeeding, is not based on scientific facts.

Irritation and possible local infection secondary to the use of laser should warn you for not using it in the chest area or take specific precautions.

The previous application of anesthetic creams over large areas of skin for pain can be a cause of meta-hemoglobin (see tabs EMLA, lidocaine or prilocaine).

Various Societies of Dermatology consider Laser-ray epilation as safe procedures during lactation.
The application of laser-ray to treat post-cesarean wound does not have effect on prolactin levels and the success of breastfeeding.
Laser-ray has been used for the treatment of nipple pain and mastitis without untoward effects on child or lactation.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.


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  1. Maged AM, Hassanin ME, Kamal WM, Abbassy AH, Alalfy M, Askalani AN, El-Lithy A, Nabil M, Farouk D, Hussein EA, Hammad B. Effect of Low-Level Laser Therapy versus Electroacupuncture on Postnatal Scanty Milk Secretion: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Perinatol. 2020 Oct;37(12):1243-1249. Abstract
  2. MurciaSalud. Preevid. ¿Es incompatible el tratamiento de depilación con láser alejandrita con embarazo y lactancia? Biblioteca virtual. 2014 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  3. Goldberg D, Maloney M. Dermatologic surgery and cosmetic procedures during pregnancy and the post-partum period. Dermatol Ther. 2013 Abstract
  4. Lee KC, Korgavkar K, Dufresne RG Jr, Higgins HW 2nd. Safety of cosmetic dermatologic procedures during pregnancy. Dermatol Surg. 2013 Abstract
  5. Mokmeli S, Khazemikho N, Niromanesh S, Vatankhah Z. The application of low-level laser therapy after cesarean section does not compromise blood prolactin levels and lactation status. Photomed Laser Surg. 2009 Abstract
  6. Pietschnig B, Pani M, Käfer A, Bauer Wais E, Lischka A. Use of soft laser in the therapy of sore nipples in breastfeeding women. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2000 Abstract
  7. Kovalev MI. [Prevention of lactation mastitis by the use of low-intensity laser irradiation]. Akush Ginekol (Mosk). 1990 Abstract
  8. Skobelkin OK, Derbenev VA, Velikiĭ PIa, Tsyganova GI. [Use of lasers in the treatment of acute suppurative lactation mastitis]. Vestn Khir Im I I Grek. 1988 Abstract

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