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Does a nipple piercing have a negative affect on breastfeeding?

I am considering having a nipple pierced, but would like to breastfeed when I am ready for children (in no fewer than 3 years).

Does having a nipple pierced negatively affect breastfeeding capability even if the piercing is removed a year (or more) prior to a pregnancy?

Rita Madden | Other-provider

Rita Madden

Thanks for your timely question as piercings are becoming more common.

A nipple piercing takes 6-12 months to heal completely. There is always the risk of infection and/or scar tissue formation as in any piercing. The scar tissue may complicate a baby's attachment to the breast and block milk ducts.

If there were no complications from the piercing, no obvious scarring and you remove nipple jewelry before breastfeeding, you should be able to breastfeed without any just may have two more openings for the milk to flow from.

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