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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?


McKenzie Jones | Other Provider

McKenzie Jones

A nipple piercing can take 6 - 12 months to heal completely.  As with any piercing, there is always the risk of infection and/or scar tissue formation.  The scarring may complicate a baby's latch to the breast and possibly block the milk flow through the ducts in your breast.

If there were no complications from the piercing, no obvious scarring, and you remove the nipple jewelry prior to breastfeeding, you should be able to breastfeed without any issue.  And as a bonus, you would have two extra holes for the milk to flow from!

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