Tattoos and breastfeeding: Can I get a tattoo if I’m breastfeeding?

Can I get a tattoo if I’m breastfeeding my baby? If you are just starting in the exciting world of motherhood and you are a fan of tattoos, surely this question crosses your mind. Yes, you can get a tattoo if you are breastfeeding, but be careful, follow these instructions to avoid taking any risks.

Can I get a tattoo if I breastfeed my baby?

  • According to doctors, there is no scientific evidence on the effects of getting a tattoo when you are breastfeeding. However, some say that it is better to wait and not get any tattoos for as long as you are breastfeeding.
  • Other specialists agree that the substances that are injected into the tattoo (aluminum, cadmium, titanium, iron…) remain attached under the skin with no possibility of passing into the blood and therefore no option of reaching the baby through breast milk.
  • You should also know that blood banks, as well as milk banks, do not accept donations from women who have gotten a tattoo until 4 to 12 months after it was done.
  • What you can NOT do while you are breastfeeding your child is to remove a tattoo with a laser. The pigments present in the ink, when trying to be erased, can pass into the blood, and reach the breast milk and therefore the baby. It is advisable to wait until you finish breastfeeding before removing it with a laser.

Risks of getting a tattoo if you are breastfeeding

As we told you before, there are no studies that talk about the pros and cons of getting a tattoo while breastfeeding. In general terms, it is not harmful to the mother or the baby, however, there may be risks to the health of both if needles with a focus on infection are used, and that is, they are poorly washed or not sterilized. In these cases, both the mother and the child can be infected with diseases such as Hepatitis B or Tetanus. 

The creams that are used before, after, and during the as anesthetics and antiseptics, and anti-inflammatory, are compatible with lactation, it is only recommended to space the taking a few hours.

Directions to follow if you are going to get a tattoo and you are breastfeeding

  • Inform the tattoo artist that you are breastfeeding your baby.
  • Do it on a trusted site so that all the material meets the regulatory hygienic conditions. Needles, ink, and any supplies used to make the tattoo must be new. It is worth making sure that the tattoo artist and the establishment have the corresponding license in force.
  • Opt for a small tattoo and do it in an area away from the chest.
  • Do not breastfeed your baby for the next few hours.
  • Put on the moisturizer, protect the tattoo from the sun, and follow the tattooist’s instructions to the letter so that the has no risk of becoming infected.

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