Hair relaxer: Is chemical hair relaxer safe while breastfeeding?

I'm nursing my 3-month-old and am dying to relax my hair--I just can't live with this frizzy mop! Is it safe to continue nurse and use a chemical hair relazer?

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With any product used on the skin (andthis includes the scalp) there may be some absorption. However there's no evidence that shows it could harm your nursing baby.

Just remember a chemical relaxer should only be used if your scalp is healthy, without any scratches or sores.

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