Is it safe for a breastfeeding mom to get a tattoo?

Is it safe for a breastfeeding mom to get a tattoo?

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It is totally safe for a nursing mom to get a tattoo. Tattoo ink is too large a molecule to make it into breast milk, so your baby has no way of being exposed to it.

The risk (to your health and your baby's) comes if you get an infection from the tattooing process. Because tattooing uses needles, it can – when not done with sterile technique – pass blood-borne infections such as HIV (which can be passed on to your baby through breast milk) or hepatitis (which can theoretically transfer to your baby through breastfeeding if your nipples are cracked). So, make sure you choose a reputable tattoo artist who wears gloves and uses sterilized equipment.

It's also very important to follow the after-care instructions, such as cleaning the area effectively and using antibiotic gels. Be on the lookout for any signs of infection, like redness or pain. A skin infection wouldn't be a risk to your baby but it may need antibiotics to heal, so report these symptoms promptly to your doctor. If antibiotics are recommended, be sure to tell your doctor that you're breastfeeding and request a medication that's safe for nursing moms.

Though there are some rumors out there to the contrary, it's also fine for a mom who has already gotten a tattoo to nurse her baby. Just make sure that you've been screened for HIV and hepatitis. These tests are often done when you're pregnant.

Tattoo removal, which is done with a laser, is also perfectly safe for a nursing mom.

Watch the video: Tattoos when pregnant. Is it safe? (January 2023).

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