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Tattoos while BF-ing ~The Lunar Flower~ 2 kids; Alabama 6748 posts
8th Jan '13

I intend to get a tattoo symbolizing my son in some way but he's EBF & I have been informed that it is dangerous. The person didn't say why though. Please educate me on the subject :D

EpicThunderCat! ; 1 child; Oregon 9400 posts
8th Jan '13
Quoting :)Amanda(::" I intend to get a tattoo symbolizing my son in some way but he's EBF & I have been informed that it is dangerous. The person didn't say why though. Please educate me on the subject :D"


No, it's not dangerous. The ink does not pass into your milk or anything.
They just worry about infection which is stupid because as long as you take proper care of it and go to a reputable place you will be fine. I got one on my chest even while breastfeeding. My son is in perfect health. :]




It also did not make my supply dip but my son was closer to 6-7 months old.

Naturally Alternative 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Lafayette, Louisiana 6147 posts
status 8th Jan '13

The stress on your body can make your supply dip for a bit (your body's energy will be focusing on healing the tattoo area's skin and fighting off any possible small infection). But if you have a good supply or if he's past the point of solely relying on breast milk, you're fine. Just follow the usual rules of getting tattooed (making sure the place is clean and reliable) and you'll be fine. :)

JΔS Georgia 74493 posts
8th Jan '13

Most reputable artists won't ink a nursing mother.

armymommyof3 3 kids; Texas 276 posts
8th Jan '13

I have heard it's because if it were to get infected the infection could pass through the breast milk.
Even well taken care of there is a chance of infection.

Loretta West [+1] Due March 26; TTC since May 2013; 1 child; Auckland, New Zealand 6046 posts
8th Jan '13
Quoting armymommyof3:" I have heard it's because if it were to get infected the infection could pass through the breast milk. Even well taken care of there is a chance of infection."


This. Which is a shame, because I really want to get my sons name, DOB and a footprint tattood on me somewhere

Naturally Alternative 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Lafayette, Louisiana 6147 posts
status 8th Jan '13

http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/lifestyle/mom-activities/



http://www.lalecheleague.org/faq/tattoos.html



http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleaderweb/lv/lvfebmar05p3.html



Here are some links to read. You can decide if the risk is something you are willing to do. Make an educated decision. Good luck. ^_^

~The Lunar Flower~ 2 kids; Alabama 6748 posts
8th Jan '13

Thank you ladies!

...lll 1 child; Rutland, Vermont 1400 posts
8th Jan '13

I had this talk with my tat artist last week... im formula feeding but i wanted to know why it was dangerous. he said its in case you were to get an infection... if you get an infection in your blood stream you could become septic and thats very dangerous. i mean as long as its a clean place i wouldnt see the issue but i dont know if a reputable place would do it if you told them. ask your pedi