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  • Acrylic nails and breastfeeding

    Hello Infant Risk team!

    I am a very worried mom. I wore acrylic nails from the time my breastfed daughter was 2 months old until she was 6 months. I was recently told that the acrylic nails could have effected my daughter as the chemicals present in the nails may have leeched into my breastmilk. I quickly took to the internet only to find out that there is practically no research on the matter.

    Ingredients typically found in acrylic nails:

    Methacrylate
    Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
    Toluene
    Formaldehyde
    Camphor
    Paraffin
    Methacrylic
    Acetone
    Acetonitrile

    I am terribly worried that I caused my daughter harm by getting my nails done. Please help put my mind at ease, I am absolutely losing sleep over this.

    Thank you so much for your help and expertise.

    Kristyn

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    Kristyn:

    There is no evidence that I can find that acrylic resins cause autism. I did a PubMed search and didn't find anything. Honestly, most of these substances would simply harden on top of the existing nail, or volatilize into the air before absorption through the existing nail.

    I don't think there's any reality in birth defects and the use of acrylic nails.

    Tom Hale PhD.

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