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Breastfeeding and Tattoos

I have a 6wo infant who is exclusively breastfed. I've been waiting years for our family to be complete to get a tattoo done (one about our family). Now that my baby is here I'm chomping at the bit to get this done!

Unfortunately, I can't find anything about breastfeeding and getting a tattoo done. Has anyone heard of a reason why I shouldn't do this now?


Asked by IrishMommaC at 12:31 PM on Jun. 27, 2010 in General Parenting

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    General consensus seems to be: It is safe if you know the tattoo artist and equipment are clean and sterile, with new needles and ink used (to cut down on chances of Hep C), if you carefully follow all aftercare instructions (to cut down on risk of infection) and if you can actually find a tattoo artist willing to work on a breastfeeding or pregnant woman. The ink itself will not move through the bloodstream into the baby, so if sanitary practices are followed to remove the risk of Hep C and aftercare is followed to greatly reduce the risk of infection, it won't do anything to the baby. Most tattoo artists though still aren't willing to take the risk.

    Answer by Cassidhes_Mom at 12:54 PM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • They won't do a tattoo or piercing on a nursing mom because of the risk of infection. There is a risk of the tattoo getting infected and there is always a risk of hepatitis, the artist won't do it so that they can't be held responsible if the infant gets the infection from the mom.

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 12:34 PM on Jun. 27, 2010


    They have a section on breastfeeding and tattoos

    Answer by Trotterswife at 12:35 PM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • I got my last one while BFing my baby. The artist never asks about breastfeeding. He just wanted to make sure I wasn't pregnant. As long as the shop is reputable, the stuff is clean, and you keep the tattoo clean you risk of infection is very low and so the risk of issues for your infant are very low.

    Answer by purpleducky at 1:46 PM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • I agree that if the shop and equipment are sterile, and you trust the artist, it is safe.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 8:46 PM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • Thanks for you input ladies! I'm so excited to get this done, but, obviously, wouldn't take a stupid risk with my baby. I have a good, reputable tattoo artist in town that my IL's all go too (and they have 3 each, my sil has another 2 by him). I can't wait!

    Comment by IrishMommaC (original poster) at 9:15 AM on Jun. 28, 2010

  • Reputable tattoo artists won't ink a woman who has had a baby in the last 3 months so you'll probably have to wait a few weeks, call and ask the parlor you're thinking of using. Personally I'd wait until weaning anyway. It's a small risk but personally I'd rather avoid it since getting ink isn't necessary.

    Answer by RhondaVeggie at 12:14 PM on Jun. 28, 2010