Last update Aug. 30, 2022
Breastfeeding is possible with nipple piercing. It's convenient to remove the nipple ring or jewelry while you're breastfeeding, or at least every time you have to breastfeed. (LLLi 2019, Martin 2004)
Nipple piercing can make breastfeeding difficult by inhibiting the letdown reflex, increasing nipple sensitivity and causing discomfort to the baby (Lee 2018; Martin 2004). Difficulties in latching and decreased milk production have been described. (Garbin 2009)
Some authors have not found an association between nipple ringing and hyperprolactinemia (Sun 2013), while others have. (Holbrook 2012, Modest 2002)
Severe infections (mastitis, abscesses and endocarditis) and hormonal disturbances (hyper-prolactinemia) have been described. (Sindoni 2022, Lee 2018, Holbrook 2012).
It is not recommended to get a nipple piercings while breastfeeding (LLLi 2019). Healing time for a nipple piercing is usually two to three months. (Armstrong 2006)
We do not have alternatives for Piercing.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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