5 Negative Effects Of Breastfeeding With Pierced Nipples(2023)

Breastfeeding with pierced nipples

Dr Baliyan says that in most cases, women with pierced nipples can still breastfeed successfully. Nipple piercings are not known to damage milk production, as it is something that is produced in your mammary glands. They are located in the breast tissue that is behind the nipple. After child delivery, these glands produce milk and it doesn’t have anything to do with your piercing. However, successfully breastfeeding with pierced nipples depends on factors like the location of the piercing, its impact on the milk flow and any potential complications. While breastfeeding, pierced nipples can potentially cause issues:

1. Blocked milk ducts

Piercings might obstruct milk flow and lead to blocked ducts, causing discomfort. It causes a red and painful lump in your breast, and can lead to infection.

2. Reduced milk supply

Nipple piercings can interfere with milk production by affecting the stimulation of milk glands and disrupting the normal breastfeeding process, says the expert.

3. Nipple damage

Jewellery or scar tissue from the piercing can cause nipple trauma, cracks, or fissures, making breastfeeding painful and increasing the risk of infection.

4. Choking hazard

Jewellery that is not placed properly or is loose can become dislodged and pose a choking risk to your baby who is dependent on you for food.

You can think of temporarily removing nipple jewellery if you are nursing. 

5. Infection

Nipple piercings can introduce bacteria into the breast tissue, increasing the likelihood of infection for you and your baby.

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