There are all sorts of precautions moms need to take when they're pregnant and while nursing but what if a mom wants to get tattoos while breastfeeding? Does it affect breast milk or the baby?
The hesitation with tattoos is what may be transmitted between the mom and baby if the process is unsanitary. If you're not careful infectious blood diseases can be transmitted, like Hepatitis C and more! Tattoos are not a bad thing. The ink itself is deemed safe BUT it's how the needles and equipment are handled and sterilized that affect recipients of the ink. When getting a tattoo always ask what their sanitation procedures are, check if the work space is clean and make sure the artist wears gloves.
The general rule for transfusions after getting a tattoo is to wait 6 months, especially before giving blood. *Before getting a tattoo (while nursing) make sure to check with your doctor first.* However, most experts say it's ok to get a tattoo if you have cautiously checked out the equipment, artist and space. Breast milk does not transmit infections like Hepatitis C but it can be transmitted through cuts around the nipple - contact with blood. So getting a tattoo while breastfeeding increases the risk of transmitting some infectious diseases if you have cuts around your nipples from soreness.
If you would like to donate milk after getting a tattoo a milk bank will not accept it the same way a blood bank will not accept a blood donation. Milk banks have a strict application process which ensures donors are not infected with anything. If you would like to donate milk check the rules and policies of the milk bank prior.