Nipple piercings have become increasingly popular in recent years and you may be wondering if it safe to breastfeed your baby if you already have pierced nipples. You might be thinking of getting your nipples pierced and wish to continue breastfeeding without interruption. That depends on whether you are breastfeeding with holes from previous piercings or breastfeeding with jewelry still in place. Nipple piercings can impact breastfeeding for both mother and baby. Common concerns for mom may include nerve damage that impacts the milk ejection reflex or scarring that obstructs the milk flow which can, over time, affect milk production. There have been reports of mastitis and abscesses from previous nipple piercings as well. Often the longer the time since the piercings were initially placed and the birth of the baby the better the outcome. Breastfeeding with piercings in place can make it difficult for the infant to latch-on correctly, and increases the risk of choking if the jewelry becomes loose and dislodges.
Preparing inverted or flat nipples during pregnancy
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Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional. Doctors in Boston report that a young woman began producing milk, apparently because her nipple rings stimulated her breasts into thinking she was nursing. This is believed to be the first time that anyone has reported a connection between body piercing and lactation. Geoffrey Modest, a family practice doctor and clinical professor at the Boston University School of Medicine. Modest and a colleague wrote about the case in a letter to the editor in yesterday's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. According to their report, a year-old woman went for medical care three weeks after getting her nipples pierced because she was experiencing pain and discharge.
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Everything you need to know about feeding your baby with nipple piercings. But nipple piercings rarely cause complications. If you have a piercing somewhere else on the breast, away from your nipple, it may be affect the breast milk supply from the breastmilk ducts and it could cause mastitis if it plugs the duct.
These are just some of the things said to women who have body mods and want to breastfeed. Oftentimes they hear these myths from health care practitioners, other times it is from well-meaning friends or uninformed breastfeeding support counselors. Contrary to popular belief, body mods and breastfeeding are compatible, so long as certain precautions are followed. Body Modifications are a group of practices that include branding, scarification, tattooing, piercing, and other types of body art. Archaeologists, historians and body art practitioners note that tattooing and body piercing have been performed, in one form or another, worldwide for over years.