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Is miraDry Safe While I'm Still Breastfeeding?

I would like to get this done, but plan to breastfeed my baby. Would it cause any problems while I'm breastfeeding?

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MiraDry and Breastfeeding

I do not recommend miraDry during breastfeeding and as a matter of fact, you should not get any procedures while breastfeeding unless they are life threatening.

Read the miraDry book provided on the link below. 

No, it is not safe.

No, being that we will be injecting lidocaine into the area and it would not be safe for the baby.

Cameron Rokhsar, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Do not receive miraDry treatment while breast-feeding

One should not receive miraDry treatment while breast-feeding as lidocaine is injected into the underarm area prior to treatment and could potentially cross into the breast milk.  However, as soon as you stop breast-feeding, it is safe to do.

Karyn Grossman, MD
Santa Monica Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hello and thank you for your question. MiraDry is not recommended during breastfeeding, or any such procedures where medications are administered (such as the numbing injections with lidocaine). As stated below, unless something is directly ordered by your Ob/GYN or primary medical provider for emergent or other such medical issues. After breastfeeding, miraDry is safe, and will result in the treatment and resolution of odor, sweat and excess hair as well! miraDry now has an FDA indication for 70% reduction of hair of all colors, including blonde! Please call our office for a complementary consultation with our Nurse Practitioner, Jennifer Tinelli. Thank you!

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Express but uncomfortable

My suggestion is that you have this procedure after breast feeding, as the swelling can be quite marked. Swelling you see is not of the breast tissue, but because of gravity and the way you sleep, the swelling from the armpit may affect the surrounding tissue, making breast feeding uncomfortable. To answer your question about safety-

1. I would express feed / bottle feed 4 hours post (as lidocaine with adrealine is used) - this covers the safety aspect.

2. I would delay miraDry procedure for excessive underarm sweating until after breast feeding- from a comfort point of view. 

I hope this gives a balanced answer

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MiraDry should not affect future breastfeeding

It sounds like you are wondering whether women who plan to breastfeed in the future can be miraDry.  miraDry will not affect your ability to breastfeed in the future.  

However, if you are currently breastfeeding, I would recommend that you wait until you have stopped breastfeeding.  This is an elective procedure and can be scheduled at your convenience.

Yes if you stop for 24 hrs

Miradry treatment requires local anesthesia to be have tolerable level of pain control. Lidocaine  is the agent of choice and it is gone from the body within several hours. To be  safe stop breast feeding for 24 hrs. It is a time proven and reasonable rule used for any procedures under local anesthesia

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