My nipples are pierced. Can I breastfeed my baby?
You are wondering if your pierced nipples will impact breastfeeding. LLLI's BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, page 382 says that no evidence exists to suggest that nipple piercing has any affect on breastfeeding.
The June/July 1999 issue of LEAVEN, LLLI's magazine for Leaders, has an article on nipple piercings called, "Nipple Piercings: Is It Compatible with Breastfeeding?" The author, Jahann Martine describes nipple piercings through the ages as well as possible risks associated with piercings. The article discusses the issue of whether to remove the jewelry prior to a breastfeeding session. One hazard Marine writes of is that baby's suck could dislodge the jewelry, possibly causing choking and/or damage to baby's mouth. Another hazard is that your baby may not be able to latch on well with the jewelry in place. Discussing the piercings with your professional piercer as well as your health care provider will help you determine your approach.
La Leche League's manual, THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING, has lots of good information on breastfeeding your baby. This book is available from LLLI's Online Store. You may also find it in bookstores or libraries in your area. It has been through six revisions and contains all the latest research-based information available about breastfeeding.
Many mothers find it helpful to call a local Leader or attend a La Leche League meeting. The support and information of other breastfeeding mothers may make a big difference for you.
Our FAQs present information from La Leche League International on topics of interest to parents of breastfed children. Not all of the information may be pertinent to your family's lifestyle. This information is general in nature and not intended to be advice, medical or otherwise. If you have a serious breastfeeding problem or concern, you are strongly encouraged to talk directly to a La Leche League Leader. Please consult health care professionals on any medical issue, as La Leche League Leaders are not medical practitioners.