1 Jul 2022 | 4 min Read
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People get tattoos for several reasons – as a form of self-expression, for artistic or spiritual purposes, to honour someone they’ve lost, or to sanctify a special relationship. Many mums get tattoos to etch the newborn’s memories on the body.
But the question is, can breastfeeding mums get a tattoo? Is it safe for them to get inked?
Tattoos are designed using a machine that has ink-coated needles. These pierce the skin at a rate of hundreds of times a minute to create a design. These needles only penetrate to a few millimetres in the top layer of the skin and deposit ink just below the skin’s surface.
While there is no study with regards to the dangers of getting a tattoo during breastfeeding, there are some precautions that should be kept in mind. Here’s everything you need to know.
There are some risks of getting inked while breastfeeding. Some of these are:
The only way to prevent this is to approach a reputed tattoo artist and make sure that proper hygienic procedures are followed.
Although the above-mentioned factors do not affect the quality of breast milk, they might impair the mum’s ability to breastfeed. Plus, the trauma of getting the tattoo done may reduce the milk supply too.
Some of the precautions that are to be considered while getting a tattoo during breastfeeding are:
You can think about how you hold the baby when breastfeeding and whether the baby will rub against the tattoo site.
Dr Pooja Marathe, Community Expert – Lactation & Nutrition says, “There are no regulations against breastfeeding with tattoos, even if they’re on your breasts. The tattoo ink doesn’t get into your milk supply as the ink is sealed under the first layer of your skin. However, some organisations advise against getting a tattoo when breastfeeding due to how tattooing is done.”
Lasers remove tattoos over several sessions by breaking down the ink in the dermal layer of the skin into small particles. Your immune system sweeps these broken-down particles to your liver and your liver then filters them out of your body.
Although there are no studies on whether those particles can enter your milk supply and be passed to the baby, it is advisable to remove your tattoos until you’re no longer breastfeeding.
There are no studies that stand against getting a tattoo while breastfeeding. Plus, the molecular structure of the ink is too large to pass into breast milk. However, it is still advisable to postpone the plan till the baby is a year old.