Many women choose to get their nipples pierced before they become pregnant. As such, they often wonder if breastfeeding with nipple piercings in place is possible.
The short answer is yes, but there are some considerations that have to be taken into account when deciding whether or not this is a good choice for you.
Let’s dive into the details about breastfeeding with nipple piercings and what you should know.
Preparing for Safe Breastfeeding with Nipple Piercings
If you plan on breastfeeding with nipple piercings, there are some safety considerations that you need to take into account.
First and foremost, it’s important to make sure that your piercing is healed before attempting to breastfeed.
Most professional body piercers recommend waiting at least three months after getting pierced before breastfeeding in order to ensure that the piercing is properly healed and secure.
Additionally, it’s important to ensure that your jewelry is made of a safe material such as surgical steel or titanium when nursing.
This type of jewelry won’t corrode or leach toxins into your baby’s mouth while nursing which could be harmful.
Maintaining Cleanliness and Comfort During Breastfeeding with Nipple Piercings
Another safety consideration when breastfeeding with nipple piercings is making sure that you keep the area clean and free from bacteria.
To do this, make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly before nursing and use warm water and soap on the area around the piercing at least twice per day during feeding times.
Additionally, avoid touching the area around your piercing too much as this can transfer bacteria from your fingers directly into the piercing site which could lead to infection.
Finally, if you plan on breastfeeding with nipple piercings there are a few other things you can do in order to reduce any potential risks associated with nursing while pierced.
Make sure that your jewelry isn’t too long or sharp so as not to hurt your baby while nursing and consider wearing a cotton bra or top over top of the jewelry while feeding so that it doesn’t snag on any clothing fabric which could cause discomfort for both you and your baby.
Also try latching onto one side at a time while nursing so that there isn’t too much pressure being placed on both nipples simultaneously which may cause unnecessary pain or discomfort for either of you during feedings.
Balancing Safety and Comfort
In conclusion, it is possible for mothers who have had their nipples pierced prior to pregnancy to safely nurse their babies without having to remove their jewelry.
However, it is important for them to take certain safety precautions in order to ensure that no harm comes to either them or their child during feedings such as avoiding contact between the piercing site and their baby’s mouth.
As well, make sure the jewelry is made of an appropriate material like surgical steel or titanium so as not leach chemicals into the milk supply while feeding.
Ultimately, if done correctly breastfeeding with nipple piercings can be a safe and enjoyable experience for both mother and child.
However, if any pain or discomfort occurs during feedings, then it would be best for moms who have had their nipples pierced prior to pregnancy remove their jewelry until after they are finished breastfeeding completely in order minimize any potential risks associated with nursing while pierced up front.
As always consult with a medical professional before deciding whether breast-feeding with nipple piercings is right for you!