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Nipple Piercings and Breastfeeding

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

While here's a topic I never thought I'd cover...but saw an article today that made me really wonder!

Found an article that talks about Christina Aguilera and her plans to have a baby then goes on to mention that while she's removed most of her piercings, she still has her nipple ring.

The question... can you breastfeed a baby with a nipple piercing? Wouldn't you have to take it out? If you did...would the milk make it heal closed? Would you take it in and out each time you fed?

So I'm asking...how daring are my readers. Anyone out there want to admit to having a nipple piercing and to still breastfeeding?

How'd that work out for ya? ;)

  1. Anonymous Alena | 2:50 PM |  

    While you're at it, here's another question: if you took it out, would the milk leak from the holes left from the piercing? :)

    Actually, the whole notion of nipple piercing makes my skin crawl. It's probably the most sensitive area on my body.

  2. Blogger Blue Moon Mama | 9:44 AM |  

    My sister recently got her nipples pierced. She is only 18, but she was concerned about breastfeeding future babies. She did a lot of research and found that supposedly, it isn't a problem. You have to remove them to breastfeed, but having been pierced did not compromise breastfeeding.

    Time will tell, though, I guess.

  3. Blogger Jennifer | 9:53 AM |  

    LOL...I'll assume you were joking. :)

    Since milk is only going to come out of the holes it's designed to...

    Though it does give me images of those old cartoons where someone got shot a bunch of times then took a drink of water...

  4. Blogger Jennifer | 9:54 AM |  

    BMM...I'd assume that it wouldn't cause a problem, as long as you could take them out when you are nursing...

    After all, the piercings shouldn't go deep enough to harm any of the milk ducts...

    I do know that depending on how its done, some women do have trouble nursing after breast reduction because sometimes the milk ducts are separated from the connection to the nipple...

  5. Anonymous Amy | 7:18 AM |  

    Actually, I have a close friend with an old nipple piercing, and milk does come from the extra holes.

  6. Blogger Jennifer | 7:20 AM |  



  7. Blogger Alisyn | 2:14 PM |  

    I'm a little late reading this post, but wanted to throw my two cents in...

    I had my nipples pierced from the ages of 18 to about 22 or 23 (I can't remember when I took them out). Both piercings healed totally within a few years, and I never had ANY problems nursing either of my girls. I never had milk 'leaking' from the pierced areas, nor was breastfeeding compromised in any other way.

    I was a little anxious about what would happen before I had my first daughter, but it all worked out in the end. :)

  8. Blogger mallory | 10:13 PM |  

    haha! it will...none of this he said she said... it will leak from the piercing holes!! crazy stuff, too.

  9. Anonymous Non-Breeder | 8:41 AM |  

    Oh my gawd! Get a bloody life. Who gives a rats ass if she has or doesn't have a baby, or anything (or anyone) else attached to her nipple - metal or otherwise. !@#$!

    Nipple piercings are hot!

  10. Anonymous zsofly | 8:43 AM |  

    http://www.lexicon.net/andre/piercing/new_page_9.htm suppsedly it makes it easier for breast milk to flow and it is a practice that has been going on for centuries. Check out the website.

  11. Anonymous DEDGirl5150 | 9:01 AM |  

    Actually it was when a friend told me it "squirted" out of the piercing holes that I decided I had to get mine pierced! I said "That's the freakiest thing I've ever heard, I have do that!" That was a few years ago & now I'm pregnant & was just doing some research to make sure the extra milk wasn't going to choke the baby! Apparently it does help the milk flow! P.S. My nipples are the most sensitive part of my body too, I never would have thought I'd do it & I love my piercings, They're Grrrreat!!

  12. Anonymous Anonymous | 3:23 AM |  

    i have my nipple pierced but nearly ripped it out a few months ago now its growing out and i wanna take it out bu i am worried that by taking it out that i am gonna be unable to breastfeed because it will heal and close up.

  13. Blogger Cindy | 7:22 AM |  

    I have a healed nipple piercing and even though it seemed all the way healed milk leaks from the healed spot.. it's like the milk healed the scar enough to open it back up.It's not a problem per se...just sort of wierd.

  14. Anonymous Anonymous | 10:34 AM |  

    Well my daughter, now 28, had her nipples pierced in her early 20's. She has just had her second child. She had problems getting any milk out of one breast with her first child. Now with her second, the scar tissue has completely blocked the flow to one side. She is in excruciating(sp?) pain. After seeing all the pain she is in, day and night, I wouldn't recommend nipple piercing to anyone.

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