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Tattooing use while Breastfeeding

Tattooing Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

No data are available on the safety of tattooing during breastfeeding. Theoretical concerns relate to transmission of pigments or infections to the infant during breastfeeding and in the United States, blood donation is not permitted for 12 months after a tattoo as a precaution. Opinion appears to favor not obtaining a new tattoo during breastfeeding.[1][2] Tattooing of the nipple-areola area is sometimes used as part of nipple reconstruction in plastic surgery.[3]

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

References

1. Kluger N. Contraindications for tattooing. Curr Probl Dermatol. 2015;48:76-87. PMID: 25833628

2. Roche-Paull R. Body modifications and breastfeeding: What you need to know. J Hum Lact. 2015;31:552-3. PMID: 26185213

3. Boccola MA, Savage J, Rozen WM et al. Surgical correction and reconstruction of the nipple-areola complex: current review of techniques. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2010;26:589-600. PMID: 20721849

Tattooing Identification

Substance Name

Tattooing

Drug Class

Body Modification, Non-Therapeutic

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

1001

Last Revision Date

20150908

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