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Do you use perfume when you have a baby?

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Kione Fri 10-Feb-17 13:53:39

I am big into perfumes, is a hobby for me, I have lots of bottles, samples, etc. and I like researching and testing them.
I had DS nearly 6 weeks ago and am breastfeeding. I feel like perfume might bother him and I haven't been wearing any. But I am starting to miss it a lot.
I was just curious to know what other people do.

LapinR0se Fri 10-Feb-17 13:54:49

I didn't when I was breastfeeding but as soon as I weaned DD I was perfume ahoy! (6 months)

Prettybaffled Fri 10-Feb-17 13:55:43

I don't personally, but each to their own smile

QuietNinjaTardis Fri 10-Feb-17 13:56:01

I didn't wear perfume when I breastfed my ds (only 3 months) I also hated it when he'd have cuddles with his aunties and then was handed back smelling of their perfume. However, I breastfed dd for over 2 years and there was no way I was going without perfume that long so once she was a a few months I just started using perfume again.

3luckystars Fri 10-Feb-17 13:56:59

I don't really wear it now and won't until the baby is much older. I know some perfumes give my sister a migraine so I think it would be too strong or overwhelming for a baby so I just avoid it altogether.

Bambambini Fri 10-Feb-17 13:59:26

Stopped wearing perfume and make up (unless in a night out) as i felt it was a sort of barrier to snughling up etc. Never was a fan of perfime anyway - so no loss.

DearMrDilkington Fri 10-Feb-17 13:59:45

What about some natural body sprays instead? You'll smell lovely but without the nasty chemicals that will irritate baby.

Underparmummy Fri 10-Feb-17 14:00:59

I didn't even use deodorant for the first week with mine I was so worried about smells!

I think I started wearing perfume again a few months in if memory serves but stuck to light, fruit, Jo Malone type jobbies for a bit.

GertrudeBelle Fri 10-Feb-17 14:02:03

I didn't purely because I stopped enjoying the scents during pregnancy and it took me a while to get my nose back.

But I can't see why not. Maybe not on your new where your baby snuggles in, but your wrists should be fine. Seems a shame to deprive yourself of one of your favourite pleasures.

Orangepear Fri 10-Feb-17 14:02:57

My first DD wouldn't feed when I had anything perfumed on eg body lotion. Second one doesn't mind. I am careful not to spray it when she's in the room though.

Kione Fri 10-Feb-17 14:53:27

Thanks for the replies smile
I don't want to wear perfume as such but to test again as I've seen some offers and also try my samples again.
Wrists I think not because I use my hands with him all the time but I thought in my forearm and cover it with clothes so I can still sniff it then and again without being overpowering.
But I can see we are all of the same feeling of no perfume the first months.

ODog Fri 10-Feb-17 18:57:06

I don't while I'm bf. In my rational brain I know it's silly but for some reason it doesn't sit right with me. Each to their own Though as I don't think the baby will really care as long as there is boobs and milk.

Cutesbabasmummy Fri 10-Feb-17 20:30:55

I didn't because I wanted baby to bond well with me (long story but I only breastfeed for a month) and I thought my smell would help that xx

FireflyGirl Fri 10-Feb-17 22:29:51

I didn't use perfume for about 18 months, and am only just getting back into the habit. I had an emcs, and struggled to establish breastfeeding, so at first it was to help with bonding.

I also didn't use perfumed shower gels/body lotions for over a year. I tried when DS was about 6 weeks and he developed baby acne. I don't know for certain it was related but oh, the guilt...

Gorgeousblonde Fri 10-Feb-17 22:44:15

Of course I did, why wouldn't you!?

Gorgeousblonde Fri 10-Feb-17 22:45:55

Honestly, the world has gone mad if it's not ok for mothers to wear the perfume they normally wear or indeed whatever perfume they want to wear

It's perfume not poison

Naughtyfrog Fri 10-Feb-17 22:48:59

It never occurred to me not to.....

SuperBeagle Fri 10-Feb-17 22:54:25

I did.

I don't spray it on my skin anyway. I was never concerned about it interrupting bonding or anything like that.

NarkyMcDinkyChops Fri 10-Feb-17 22:56:39

Yes, sometimes. Never occurred to me to even think about it, tbh. And I can't see any reason why you wouldn't, it certainly never seemed to bother any of mine, and I BF'd them all fairly long term.

Gillian1980 Fri 10-Feb-17 23:11:40

I did. Both myself and my dh are really into fragrances and have huge perfume and aftershave collections. Dd has had us both wearing various scents since the day she was born and it didn't seem to affect her in any way.

Aliveinwanderland Fri 10-Feb-17 23:13:32

Yep I do. Not all the time but quite regularly.

namechange20050 Fri 10-Feb-17 23:16:42

All perfume etc made me feel ill until my baby was about 9 months old so I avoided it. I figured it made me feel sick for a reason! I also used natural deodorant during this time as regular deodorant made me nauseous.

FourKidsNotCrazyYet Fri 10-Feb-17 23:18:16

I wore it all the time. I don't feel dressed without it. Didn't spray it straight on my boobs though. Breastfed until each child was nearly three. They didn't care smile

skankingpiglet Fri 10-Feb-17 23:22:56

I don't and haven't really since my pfb came along. Two and a half years have past and another baby arrived since then. Pregnancy seems to have done lasting damage to my sense of smell, and on the odd occasions I've thought I'd try it again I feel sick, headachey, and light-headed fairly quickly. I tried again today funnily enough: first time in several months and only half a squirt at a distance. Soon felt a headache coming on sad I would love to wear perfume again to mask the fact I don't always make it into the shower in the morning chaos and hope normal nasal service will be resumed soon.

babyinthacorner Fri 10-Feb-17 23:23:01

No. But only because I prefer the smell of him to anything else! Hate it when he's had cuddles with other people and gets given back smelling of them.
My best friend knows - the first time she met him, she said "Come on, hand him over - I'm not wearing perfume!" We hadn't even had that conversation!

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