If you’re wondering if you can breastfeed with pierced nipples, keep in mind that nipple piercings can impact breastfeeding for both you and your baby.
In this article, we will examine the effects of nipple piercing on breastfeeding and provide advice on safety recommendations.
Nipple piercing has become a popular form of body modification, with many women choosing to have their nipples pierced for aesthetic or personal reasons. Within this group are women who would like to breastfeed with pierced nipples and have encountered difficulties along the way. Difficulties often arise from the baby being unable to latch on and effectively nurse due to tissue damage around the nipple from piercing.
What You Need To Know About Breastfeeding with Pierced Nipples
Risk of Infection
Can you breastfeed with pierced nipples? A primary concern you might have is the risk of infection. Nipple piercings can increase the risk of mastitis, which is a painful infection of the breast tissue.
It’s also important to keep your piercing clean and free from infection. Make sure you’re washing your hands before touching your piercing, and cleaning it regularly with a saline solution or mild soap and water. If you notice any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
It is recommended that you wait until your piercing has fully healed before attempting to breastfeed. This usually takes about six to twelve months, depending on the individual. If you try to breastfeed before your piercing has fully healed, you run the risk of introducing bacteria into your baby’s mouth, which can lead to infection.
As a rule of thumb, the longer the time since your jewelry has initially been placed, the safer it will be for you and your baby.
If you’re still thinking about getting your nipples pierced, the recommendation is to wait until 3 or 4 months after weaning, since the hormonal changes that moms go through during breastfeeding can affect the healing process.
Effects on Milk Supply
Nipple piercings can cause scarring and damage to the milk ducts, which can lead to a decreased milk supply. Additionally, nipple piercings can cause milk to leak out of the piercing holes, which can be uncomfortable and messy.
On the other hand, the holes that were created by the piercings can also cause a faster milk flow, or a flow in different directions, which can be challenging for a baby to manage.
How Jewelry Gets in the Way
What jewelry you wear when breastfeeding can impact your baby’s ability to latch and secure sufficient milk transfer during their feeding time. Pay particular attention to the jewelry’s length, position, and small-sized pieces that could present as a choking hazard.
At the end of the day, the best way to prevent your baby from choking while breastfeeding or hurting their mouth is removing your jewelry.
Can You Breastfeed with Pierced Nipples? Here’s the Conclusion:
Breastfeeding with pierced nipples is possible, but it’s important to take precautions to ensure the health and safety of both you and your baby. Make sure your piercing has fully healed before attempting to breastfeed, try to remove your jewelry and keep the area clean, and be aware of the potential risks.
If you’re unsure about whether or not to breastfeed with pierced nipples, consult with a lactation consultant or healthcare provider for guidance.
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