+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Posts
    5
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked
    0
    Reviews
    0

    Default Tattoos and breastfeeding?

    My son is now just over 3 weeks old and is currently on breastmilk and formula. I've tried searching online to see if it's safe for me to get a tattoo while I'm breastfeeding, but nothing I've read makes sense and everyone has a different opinion. I understand that regardless of bf'ing you need to go to a clean and sterile tattoo place to avoid getting an infection (I have two tattoos already). I've read that there is a possibility of the ink getting into my blood ****** or my milk, and that some places may not do it. I haven't fully decided anything about the tattoo just that I want his name and maybe birth date. At the moment I'm just pricing it

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    2,239
    Thanks
    244
    Thanked
    791
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Just ring the tattoo parlour and ask them. One of the artists would know the answer

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to Hasselhoff For This Useful Post:

    emem93  (25-09-2014)

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    3,786
    Thanks
    1,216
    Thanked
    2,134
    Reviews
    15
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    It's one of those things artists have different opinions on. Some will say it's fine, no risks etc and others won't do it. So it's hard to get a definite answer on if it's safe or not.

    FWIW, I have friends who will tattoo a BF Mum, and they work in well respected shops.

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to Anjalee For This Useful Post:

    emem93  (25-09-2014)

  6. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    2,043
    Thanks
    299
    Thanked
    740
    Reviews
    6
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    I don't think there would be any chance of the ink making it to your milk (purely a non expert opinion lol). I thought the issue was the possibility of infection that made it not ideal.

  7. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    3,874
    Thanks
    308
    Thanked
    1,018
    Reviews
    21
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    I got a tattoo when my daughter was 18 months and still breast feeding. The tattoo place assured me it was safe and after doing research I felt comfortable getting it done.

  8. #6
    bunkx's Avatar
    bunkx is offline Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    The Hills WA
    Posts
    6,589
    Thanks
    566
    Thanked
    1,252
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    I've gotten nearly all my tattoos while breastfeeding I didn't realise it was something that could be a risk

  9. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Posts
    252
    Thanks
    20
    Thanked
    127
    Reviews
    0
    It's actually mainly due to the fact that it will take longer to heal. Your body is spending loads of energy recovering & even more making milk. The energy required to heal a tattoo along with even just the shock (even if you have lots & lots of tattoos like me it's still a shock) of having it done can effect your supply. A reputable shop (like the one's I've worked in) won't tattoo a breast feeding mum... No so much you @just.ace because you've got a very established routine by that time but 3 weeks is probably a little early.

  10. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    640
    Thanks
    397
    Thanked
    361
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    I am currently feeding my 7 mth old dd. I spoke to a tattooist recently and he said that it is safe to do but he has known of women to lose or have a decrease in their supply due to the 'stress' the body goes through during and after. Those women though had huge pieces done. He said he would happily ink something small but would prefer me to wait until I have finished feeding to start my bigger piece. Also, there is no chance of anything crossing over into your milk.

  11. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    2,936
    Thanks
    1,741
    Thanked
    1,273
    Reviews
    6
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by squishie View Post
    I don't think there would be any chance of the ink making it to your milk (purely a non expert opinion lol). I thought the issue was the possibility of infection that made it not ideal.
    This is totally right @squishie.
    As a nurse who has worked in 'infectious diseases' for the last 15 yrs, if you were to catch a blood borne pathogen from unsterilized equipment (like HIV or Hep B or C) you are most infectious when you are newly infected and it is possible to transmit these disease through breast milk.
    If you go to a reputable joint, it should be fine.

  12. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    on a sandy beach!
    Posts
    6,461
    Thanks
    338
    Thanked
    2,224
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    My tattooist refuses to do so.


 

Similar Threads

  1. Show me your tattoos!
    By tazz475 in forum General Chat
    Replies: 33
    Last Post: 21-09-2014, 10:26
  2. Tattoos while pregnant?
    By expectingnumber4 in forum General Chat
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 06-10-2013, 00:33

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
FEATURED SUPPORTER
LCF Fun Languages AustraliaFrench, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian & German lessons for children 0-12 years. Play-based and immersion language ...
REVIEWS
"Pigeon teats rule!"
by Alex
Pigeon PP Wide Neck reviews ›
"Wonderful natural Aussie made product!"
by Mrstwr
Baby U Goat Milk Moisturiser reviews ›
"Replaced good quality with cheap tight nappies"
by Kris
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies reviews ›