Anonymous

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.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 08

    I know people who smoke, have beauty injections (Botox etc) and IMO, not much better, eat rubbish, and their children are fine. We are not temples, we are human, and our kids are pretty resilient. Sounds like your baby is fine, let this pass and enjoy your tattoo. You’ve earned it!

  • Anonymous
    Jan 08

    Thank you ☮️

  • Anonymous
    Jan 08

    He was probably 2 or 3 months old when I got my tattoo. I breastfed him until he was about 18 months, and he’s about 21 months old now.

  • Victoria
    Jan 08

    My midwife and daughters doctor said I should wait till I’m done breastfeeding to get a tattoo. Although, I don’t know the science behind it. But I think most things they advise you on are just because there is a chance something could happen, doesn’t mean it will. If your baby is fine then don’t over think it (:

  • Dave
    Jan 09

    if you don't have any signs of ink poisoning then your baby is fine.

  • Eric
    Jan 09

    I don’t have experience with breastfeeding but I held my first born when she was just a few months while I got a tattoo. (Family owned shop) Thankfully I just gave her a bottle and laid her down but like mamanukes said if your child’s healthy, you should be happy.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 09

    You’ve all been amazing. Many sincere thanks 💜

  • Anonymous
    Jan 10

    Just as an update, our doctor actually recommended I continue to breastfeed irrespective of the tattoo. Though she didn’t seem overly educated on the subject. ✌️🙏

  • StephC238
    Jan 11

    I Agree you are being way to hard on yourself. If you went to a good artist you used clean needles & good ink. I wouldn’t be worried. You should have told the artist that though. I got a tattoo at about 6 weeks pregnant & didn’t know it. Couldn’t figure out why I was dizzy after. (It was my 3rd big tattoo)

  • JK
    Jan 11

    You’re a great mom, and don’t be so hard on yourself. I would think it’s only with increased chance of infection of the actual skin area that could cause complications for you (not baby). I think there’s not enough research on this but I haven’t heard anything bad happen. But please don’t be so hard on yourself mama. I wracked my brain over every little thing with my baby , and it wasn’t helpful for being calm and present for him. Our mental health contributes to way more of our baby’s well being than this. Sending you love!

  • Binx And Jay
    Jan 11

    You’re good. Congrats for still pumping and breastfeeding!

  • Nicole
    Jan 11

    I just got my entire half sleeve finished while she was 8 months. Don’t be hard on yourself! I honestly don’t think you have anything to worry about if you visited a respectable, clean artist. My artist’s wife is actually breastfeeding too, so he tried to do as much as possible without me laying on my chest and I really appreciated it, haha! You’ll be fine, momma. Take care of your baby, and take cate of your new tattoo!

  • Barefoot
    Jan 11

    there’s zero research in this area, everything is purely theoretical, but doctors are erring on the side of caution, the thought process being that since a tattoo supposedly lasts a lifetime, you can wait one more year just to be safe. That being said, the chances of ink passing into the bloodstream or milk supply are incredibly low, and even if it did, the quantities would be minute. On the flip side, mothers take medications orally (together with various other substances) which are proven to get in the milk supply and in greater quantities, but the consensus in many of them is that they should continue breasfeeding because the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. Long story short, since you’re breastfeeding and pumping, you’re already a very good mom and you’re giving your daughter way better odds for a healthy and balanced life in the long run. Rock on.

  • Jessalyn
    Jan 11

    I got a tattoo at 2 months pp and I've been breastfeeding for 9 months now. You'll be fine.

  • Johna
    Jan 11

    I didn't know you were not supposed to , and did the same thing, finding out later. He was 3 months. I breastfed him for another year and he's still a healthy happy boy, no issues at all. Don't worry about it, you don't have to feel bad!

  • Jenny
    Jan 11

    I got a tattoo while a couple months pregnant before I even knew I was pregnant, but then waited to get it finished after my baby was born and I was breastfeeding. I did my share of research and learned that the lead is very very unlikely to make it even reach your baby through your breast milk let alone cause issues, the biggest concern was more so having what is considered an open wound which could possibly get infected, so as long as you kept it clean and took care of it properly there are no worries. But it doesn't help you or baby if you are stressed out about something thats not even affecting your little one. All moms make mistakes, whether is be in the first couple years or later on. As long as your babies health and happiness are your priority making mistakes doesnt make you a bad mom at all, it just makes you human.

  • Teddy
    Jan 11

    I desperately wanted to get a tattoo to commemorate a specific date, but I was only 2 weeks PP and my OBGYN said it wasn’t okay just because my body needed to continue to heal other areas before I intentionally caused a new “wound.” So I waited. Then around 3 months PP she said it should be fine. I called to make an appt and the artist I had gotten inked from in the past said he wouldn’t do it while I was still nursing. He said he didn’t know the risks at all, but he was a dad and he wasn’t willing to risk it. Of course I had done a lot of research, and like others only came across that KellyMom article. So it seems there’s not much science behind any of it. It’s just the basic idea of not directing your body’s resources toward healing a new tattoo and “why expose your baby to something that COULD be toxic even though we don’t yet KNOW whether it is. In any regard, it’s in your past! Try not to worrry!! There will be SOOOOO many more things to worry about later. Clearly you’re thoughtful and careful. Don’t beat yourself up! Enjoy your ink! 💪🤟

  • Heather
    Jan 11

    I had a tattoo done within a few weeks of my baby’s birth. I did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people and the general consensus was that it was fine even though I was breastfeeding and pumping

  • Devon
    Jan 11

    I got tattooed when my lo was 2 months. She's 6 months now and she's fine. Your tattoo artist likely didn't want any liability. I would not worry about it.