Tattoo while breastfeeding?

Emily - posted on 06/08/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Just wondering if anyone knows if it's safe to get a tattoo while I'm breastfeeding? I have my first three childrens initials done already. Now I'm feeding my fourth child and would like to get his name done too. Would it be safer to wait a couple of years until I'm done feeding him to get the tattoo? Thanks :o)

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Jocelyn - posted on 06/08/2010

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My dh is a tattoo artist so I can help you with this! You CAN get a tattoo while breastfeeding, but it is frowned upon for a couple reasons. While the ink molecules are too big to get into your milk supply, it is not generally recommended because if you were to get an infection, medication to stop that infection can get into your milk and/or affect your supply. The other reason is if you were to catch a disease (improper sterilization) you do have the possibility of transferring said disease to your child through your milk. I have been tattooed while breastfeeding many times, but I trust my hubby not to give me hepatitis lol. One of the bonuses of getting tattooed while breastfeeding is if you do manage to get an infection, you can just put some breast milk on it and it will clear right up! The things you learn lol.
Oh, it is also recommended that you wait 6 months after giving birth to get tattooed (regardless if your are breastfeeding or not) to give your body enough time to heal completely from said birth.

Candice - posted on 06/09/2010

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I got one,in fact I nursed my baby while I was getting it. I did wait until she was one though.

Stephanie - posted on 06/08/2010

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I really don't know if you're supposed to wait or if you can get a tattoo while breastfeeding- I got my tattoo while I was breastfeeding (I still am) and so far everything has been fine...

User - posted on 04/23/2012

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Please be sure you are aware of the CHEMICALS you are directing into your body. The ink use to, OR MIGHT STILL, contain arsenic (it is BAD in small quantities, including vaccines: themerisol)

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Erin - posted on 06/08/2010

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I was looking into whether or not you can get a tattoo while breastfeeding, and there is no real research on it as far as i can find, this is why i decided to wait. when you get a tattoo done the ink is absorbed into your skin and in turn gets into your blood stream, and trace amounts would probably get in your milk, so i think it would be dangerous. i have decided to wait until she is done breastfeeding to get my tattoo just to be on the safe side. :)

Erin - posted on 06/08/2010

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I was looking into whether or not you can get a tattoo while breastfeeding, and there is no real research on it as far as i can find, this is why i decided to wait. when you get a tattoo done the ink is absorbed into your skin and in turn gets into your blood stream, and trace amounts would probably get in your milk, so i think it would be dangerous. i have decided to wait until she is done breastfeeding to get my tattoo just to be on the safe side. :)

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