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Breastfeeding and Tattoos

??? You know how they say when you are breastfeeding there are things that should not be done? Well what about getting a tattoo I never really thought about it..

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:38 PM on Feb. 28, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • I'd hold off until after you've finished nursing. Nursing hormones can be as unpredictable as pregnancy hormones. Even if you're getting inked at the same place by the same artist with ink you've already used... you just never know. The tattoo might not take at all. You could scar weird. You could get an infection. So many weird possibilities.

    Answer by ecodani at 8:49 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • Most reputable tattoo artists won't ink a woman who is known to be breastfeeding an infant under a year old. The LLL FAQ on tats while nursing is here.

    The ink molecules are too large to pass into the milk and it seems to be totally safe for baby... however the tattoo artist's concern is that a nursing mother might be more susceptible to infection or have a tougher time with infection, her body may be more likely to reject dyes in the ink, and it might heal oddly causing scarring that will mar the artwork. These are unknown factors, and they seem to be more likely to happen in a woman who is nursing - so just to be on the safe side, they usually want women to wait until baby is 12-18 mos before getting ink. It's certainly something to take seriously, even if you find an artist who who is willing to work with you.


    Answer by Collinsky at 8:50 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • a tattoo wont enter your bloodstream you'll be fine if you do.....unless you're getting it on the area where you're breastfeeding and then that would be a problem

    Answer by LynnB1 at 8:58 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

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