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Babies Encyclopedia: Is it safe for your baby if you get a tattoo while you are still nursing?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 12:57 PM on Sep. 9, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • The first and most obvious risk of getting tattooed while pregnant is the risk of infection. During pregnancy, your immune system already has to work overtime to protect both you and your baby. If you get an infection during pregnancy, your immune system has to fight the infection for both of you. There is also some risk to your baby if you do get an infection during pregnancy, depending on the type of infection and the severity of the infection.


    Answer by buddahbum at 1:00 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • According to the La Leche League, getting a tattoo is compatible with breastfeeding. The ink molecules, while injected into the second and third layer of the skin, are too large to pass into the breast milk.

    It is really important to make sure you go to a safe, hygienic, licensed artist, who uses proper sterilization methods. You also must realize that the risk of infection exists, which can compromise the ability to breast feed.

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:01 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • No because some infections can be passed through breastmilk. Same goes for piercings.

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 1:02 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Aside from risk of infection, which should not be an issue if you go to a reputable artist, it is safe.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 1:03 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Then only worry there is. Is if you get an infection. There are antibiotics you can take when breastfeeding. The ink does not get to the breast milk at all.

    Answer by Raeann11 at 1:04 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • The ink molecules that are used for tattooing are too large to pass through to breast milk so you dont have to worry about the ink getting into the breast milk, but you do have to worry about infection. If you were to get a tattoo, you should make sure you take the proper after care of the tattoo and that you have screened the tattooist and the shop carefully to make sure they take care of there needles and equipments because you can be transfered things like HIV and hepatitis through a tattoo needle. So you can get a tattoo while nursing without hurting your baby, however most tattooists will not tattoo you if they know your are pregnant or nursing and it is recommend that you wait until your baby is atleast 1 year old to give your body a chance to heal from the pregnancy.

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 1:04 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • she didnt ask about pregnancy she asked about nursing! yes. it is typically safe to get a tatoo while nursing. though you should be extra careful when taking care of it. dont let it get infected and if it does see a doctor right away. your breastmilk typically provides the antibodies for any infection in your body and will not transfer the infection.

    Answer by cassie_m at 1:05 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Id never get a tattoo anyway, however most palors won't do it if you are breastfeeding.

    Answer by SarahNKnapp at 1:06 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • The biggest worries to worry about are infection and possible allergic reactions to the ink, so be sure to seek an artist that has a reputable clean shop who is aware of possible allergens so he can pick an ink that can pose less risk.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 1:34 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • There are no known contraindications to the inks used in tattoos and breastfeeding. The inks remain under the skin and are not absorbed into the system.

    There may be concerns about local infections and the theoretical risk of systemic infections such as hepatitis and HIV from the needles used to make tattoos. HIV, of course, is a risk to babies especially if the mother gets the infection while breastfeeding. The American Red Cross does not allow people who get tattoos to give blood for a year after the tattooing due to the risk of infections such as hepatitis and HIV.
    It would be your choice on this, of course. You might consider waiting until after your baby is weaned before you decide to get a tattoo to honor you bundle of joy.

    Answer by MTM at 1:34 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

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