Tattoo while breastfeeding
Hello everyone, I start this post with a very heavy heart. I have an 8 month old daughter, and I am a pumping mom. When she was six months old, I got a tattoo— totally oblivious to the fact that the ink could potentially lead to the breast milk when I made the appointment. My artist finished the outline and then remarked that had he known I was, he probably wouldn’t have done it. He said it was up to me if we continued and filled it in. I read Kellymom.com, a trusted lactation resource recommended by my dr. It said the trace metals in ink are too large to go into the breast milk, though waiting until 9-12 months was recommended. I don’t know what kind of lapse in judgement I had. I don’t know what it says about me— but I continued. I’m dealing with that now. I feel an incredible amount of shame and regret. I’m just wondering if anyone ever got a tattoo while they were breastfeeding and what their experience was. How is your child? Thank you for any wisdom and compassion you can share.