Can a breastfeeding mother get a tattoo?
While there are many set concepts about do’s and don’ts regarding what breastfeeding mothers should and shouldn’t do, there is no standard rule set for women against getting tattoos while breastfeeding. Even when it comes to the tattoo being in the location of the breast because it won’t go to where the milk is.
Despite any tattoo ink not going in contact with your milk, you still may need to know the precautions in case you are fully decided on getting a tattoo while breastfeeding.
Precautions to consider:
Go to a licensed professional.
First and foremost, only get your tattoo from a licensed and experienced tattoo artist because they are keener on maintaining hygiene and their tools can be trusted.
The tattoo takes time to heal.
Where is the tattoo going to be? If you want it on your breast, then keep in mind that it takes a few days for tattoos to heal. You’ll need to be careful when your baby is breastfeeding because he/she could rub against or grab where the tattoo was placed and that could possibly affect the healing process.
Ask your doctor.
Talk to your doctor about it. This should be the first step, as with any question regarding your baby or your health concerns. Your doctor will know what’s best for your body and your baby. Hopefully, they walk you through all the pros and cons of getting the tattoo and whether or not it can cause problems. Something to think about is if you have any medical issues such as heart problems or blood clotting.
Manage any pain.
If you go through with it and are in pain, acetaminophen is safe to use for a woman who is breastfeeding.
Keep the tattoo clean.
Another thing to keep in mind is how often you need to clean your new tattoo. Remember, tattoos break the skin and are considered a wound before they turn into a work of art, so they need to be kept clean at all times. Make sure to wash it with soap and water to avoid any type of infection.
Possible risks of getting a tattoo while breastfeeding
Now that we reviewed the precautions, let’s look at the possible risks that you could encounter after getting a tattoo as a breastfeeding mother.
Sometimes you have to try something to know it’s not right for you, so be aware that being allergic to the ink is a possibility.
Having a wound is uncomfortable and it can get infected if it’s not cleaned properly.
This mostly happens if people go to a tattoo shop that uses unsterilized equipment that can lead to an infection such as tetanus.
After reading this article, you have some information to help you make the decision of whether or not to get a tattoo as a breastfeeding mother. Breastfeeding doesn’t last forever, so there’s always the option of waiting until your baby transitions to solids to make the move and get the tattoo you’ve been wanting!