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#1 of 10 Old 04-20-2012, 02:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I often hear not to get a tattoo while breastfeeding. 

 

However, I am in for the haul, planning to do child led weaning, so I might be breastfeeding until I am done having kids pretty much (maybe 2 kids from now?)...so that would mean no more tattos for me :/

(I was planning a one inch tattoo in black ink only)

 

I found this on LLLI:

 

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Is it safe to get a tattoo while breastfeeding?

Tattoos are created by injecting ink into the dermal (second and third) layer of the skin. Tattooists use a hand-held electric machine that is fitted with solid needles coated in the ink. The needles enter the skin hundreds of times a minute to a depth of up to a few millimeters. The ink that is used in tattoos in the United States is subject to FDA regulation as cosmetics, but none are approved for injection under the skin. However, the ink molecules are too large to pass into breastmilk.

General information about tattooing also applies to breastfeeding women. Local and systemic infections are the most prevalent risks of tattooing. Local infections can occur when the recommended aftercare regimen is not followed. Aftercare includes keeping the tattoo clean with mild soap and water, not picking at the scabs and keeping the tattoo out of the sun. Tylenol is often prescribed for the pain, if needed. Systemic infections occur when universal precautions are not followed by the tattoo artist and can include such diseases as hepatitis, tetanus and HIV.

It is very important to screen the tattooist and the shop carefully, checking with the local health department for local laws and regulations. Professional tattooists will follow universal precautions such as sterilization of the tattoo machine using an autoclave, single-use inks, ink cups, gloves and needles, bagging of equipment to avoid cross contamination, and thorough hand washing with disinfectant soap. Most tattooists will not knowingly tattoo a pregnant or breastfeeding mother. It is suggested that mothers wait at least until the child's first birthday to give their bodies a chance to recover completely from childbirth before getting a tattoo.

 

The place I usually go to is a very clean and reputable place. I have gotten two tattoos there and never had a problem with them.

 

I guess I am just looking for some more input, since this is a little vague. I want to make sure that there is no big risks I am overlooking.

 


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i wouldn't worry about it. with the biggest risk being infection, and you and the artist prevent infection, it's all good. it is time for me to have my newest addition added to my arm! my dh used to be a tattoo artist but hasn't done them in years. his brother does them, i get freebies!


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Yay to freebies! Especially with the cost of tattoos. ^^


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<ahem>  I was pregnant when I got my last tattoo.  No harm has come of it - I also understood the warnings against doing such a thing as infection-related, and proceeded with due caution. 

 


 


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My son was 7 weeks old when I got my last tattoo, which medium sized and used 3 different inks. I out boobie milk on it instead of tattoo goo, adn it healed up quite nicely. The only bad part was giving my lo a bottle for the first time and being away from him for 3 hours. I say go for it!


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I had this same question. My DD is 2 months and I want to get my next tattoo for my birthday, which is tomorrow! I EBF and will for hopefully 2 years. I understand the risk of infection but if you find a reputable place and follow aftercare instructions, then it shouldn't be a problem. My other two tattoos healed great but I wasn't breastfeeding.

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My son was 7 weeks old when I got my last tattoo, which medium sized and used 3 different inks. I out boobie milk on it instead of tattoo goo, adn it healed up quite nicely. The only bad part was giving my lo a bottle for the first time and being away from him for 3 hours. I say go for it!

 

My tattoo should be done within 30 mins because it is really tiny and simple. 

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I had this same question. My DD is 2 months and I want to get my next tattoo for my birthday, which is tomorrow! I EBF and will for hopefully 2 years. I understand the risk of infection but if you find a reputable place and follow aftercare instructions, then it shouldn't be a problem. My other two tattoos healed great but I wasn't breastfeeding.

How did it go for you? 

 

I recently called and they said they don't tattoo breastfeeding women. A friend of my sister however, got a tattoo at that place because she agreed to feed her baby pumped milk for 48 hours due to the risk of infection.

Has anyone ever heard of that?

 

I did not want to see another artist because it is an addition to another tattoo he did. But I don't feel like lieing about the whole breastfeeding situation...:( 


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I didn't mention I was pregnant.  The artist knows me, so after she was born, full-term, he could have counted but I doubt he bothered.

I was comfortable with my application of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.  But if you don't want to lie, then don't.  smile.gif
 


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If he would not ask me, I guess I could just do it..but if I were to say I don't breastfeed anymore they might know its a lie because a former classmates wife works there...she is a piercer....hm..but waiting 8 years, if all children are bf until 3ish or so is not an option either. 


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I haven't gotten my tattoo yet, saving up for it.

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