I am a breastfeeding mother and i want to know if it is safe to use Tattoo? Is Tattoo safe for nursing mother and child? Does Tattoo extracts into breast milk? Does Tattoo has any long term or short term side effects on infants? Can Tattoo influence milk supply or can Tattoo decrease milk supply in lactating mothers?

Tattoo lactation summary

Tattoo usage has low risk in breastfeeding
  • DrLact safety Score for Tattoo is 3 out of 8 which is considered Low Risk as per our analyses.
  • A safety Score of 3 indicates that usage of Tattoo may cause some minor side effects in breastfed baby.
  • Our study of different scientific research indicates that Tattoo may cause moderate to no side effects in lactating mother.
  • Most of scientific studies and research papers declaring usage of Tattoo low risk in breastfeeding are based on normal dosage and may not hold true for higher dosage.
  • While using Tattoo We suggest monitoring child for possible reactions. It is also important to understand that side effects vary largely based on age of breastfed child and time of medication in addition to dosage.
  • Score calculated using the DrLact safety Version 1.2 model, this score ranges from 0 to 8 and measures overall safety of drug in lactation. Scores are primarily calculated using publicly available case studies, research papers, other scientific journals and publically available data.

Answer by Dr. Ru: About Tattoo usage in lactation

Tattooing must meet all known safety and sanitation standards in order to avoid transmission of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV infections. As a safety measure, blood banks and many human milk banks do not accept donation of biological products until that a 4 to 12 months period has elapsed after tattooing. Based on this, some authorities recommend to wait until breastfeeding is finished for tattooing. Aluminum, Cadmium (yellow), Charcoal (black), Cinnabar (red), Cobalt (blue), Chromium (green), Iron (brown), Magnesium (violet), Mercury (red), Titanium (white), Zinc (white), plastics and Formaldehyde are some products used as dyes and pigments for tattooing. Although dyes and pigments used for tattooing may pose a risk for toxicity are kept under skin that prevents them from entering into blood stream. This is the reason for what an old tattoo or a new one done while breastfeeding is not contraindicated, provided that best standards of safety and sanitation are followed to warrant the prevention of infectious disease transmission. Creams used for anesthetic, antiseptic or anti-inflammatory purposes before or after tattooing are compatible with breastfeeding, so as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen used for pain relief. Tattoos on the nipple should be avoided since it poses a risk for swallowing of dyes that may be toxic. Hide a tattoo with make-up or cover-up is compatible with breastfeeding. Removal by Laser-ray may disaggregate pigments of tattoo that get into lymph and blood and would be excreted into breast milk that is a reason to prudently wait, depending on the dye to be removed, until breastfeeding is finished.
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