Nipple piercings: What do I have to bear in mind during pregnancy and breastfeeding? 

When you hear terms like snake bite, flat helix, high nostril or orbital, you immediately know what it’s all about? Great, then maybe this is the right blog post for you. For everyone else: The above terms refer to different piercings for the mouth, ear and nose. Since body jewellery is currently making a comeback (even all belly button piercing wearers can rejoice), we wanted to take another look at the topic of piercings with breastfeeding in mind. It’s clear that a nose or ear stud won’t get in the way. That might be more the case if your baby discovers something glittering on your face when she’s six months old and wants to pull on it (ouch!). However, this post is about nipple piercings. So if you’re one of those women who has had their nipples pierced and you’re planning a pregnancy, then you should try the tips below:

Nipple piercings in pregnancy

If you don’t want to do without your piercing, it makes sense to use larger jewellery than you are used to. As not only do breasts grow during pregnancy, but also the nipple increases in volume, and there could otherwise be some unpleasant pressure points. It is also recommended to switch to nylon jewellery (e.g. plastic retainers made of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or Teflon). The advantage of this is that the material usually doesn’t bother you when your breasts become more sensitive. If you don’t have a nipple piercing yet, but would like to have one, we can only advise you against getting pierced during pregnancy. It can take up to twelve months for the piercing channel to heal. Breast growth and subsequent breastfeeding are not conducive to healing the wound.

Breastfeeding with a nipple piercing

It is advisable to remove the piercing before breastfeeding, otherwise the baby will not be able to suckle effectively. There is also the possibility that the baby might hurt himself or herself, swallow something or inhale something if a part of the piercing comes loose when your baby moves his or her tongue. In principle, breastfeeding is usually possible after the piercing has been removed. It can only become problematic if scarring in the tissue of the nipple interferes with the milk-giving reflex. However, this is rarely the case. Other reasons for insufficient milk production could be that some milk drips from the piercing or that nerves were damaged when the piercing was done. However, many women breastfeed without problems even with pierced nipples. The only thing that is important here – as always – is the correct application technique so that the nipple does not become sore. This could quickly lead to an infection in the canal. If you are unsure, it is best to consult a breastfeeding consultant during pregnancy. She will help you with individual tips and can also give you advice and support during the breastfeeding period.