Nipple Piercings And Eventual Motherhood
When I was 23, daring and free I wanted nipple piercings and decided this was the summer I was going to make the plunge.
I won’t act like there wasn’t a lot of nervousness and debate leading up to this plunge. One concern was nipple piercings and breastfeeding. The quick research I did on the subject led me to believe everything would be perfectly fine when it came to nursing. Oh, how sweet misinformation is!
A Long Healing Process
What we didn’t realize at the time was how extensive the healing process is. Nipple piercings are one of the longest healing piercings. It can take up to a year or more for them to heal and as we all know a lot can happen in a year!
When I was about 8 months into the healing process I got pregnant and had to figure out the whole healing process before it came time to breastfeed.
Time To Say Goodbye
Due to the condition of my piercings, (they weren’t healing very well) I chose to wait about 3 months into the pregnancy before I took the rings out. I wanted to give them a couple more months of healing with the rings before I gave them time to heal without them.
WARNING: This is where it get’s a little gross. The piercing holes will leak a little white gunk. It’s body oils and body healing funk that mixes together inside the holes. (Gross I know.) The piercing holes may have a lot of sensitivity and while it’s yucky your not suppose to squeeze the stuff out unless it’s giving you trouble. Just use a mild soap in the shower or some salt water. Keep in mind I’m not a professional and you should seek professional advice if you are unsure how to care for your piercings. This is just my experience with nipple piercings and breastfeeding.Also Read: Piercing Precautions, How To Shower With Baby, Co-Sleeping For The Desperate, 10 Remedies For Colic, Technology And Your Family, Thirdhand Smoke, Babysitting Two Under Two, My Daughter Caught Measles From MMR Shots
Skip forward a bit…When it came time to take out my nipple piercings and breastfeeding my piercings were still not completely healed but I had to do what I had to do. The doctors told me I was okay so I began breastfeeding upon birth. Being new to the experience I had some proper latching difficulties and things went downhill pretty quick.
Due to the overwhelm that comes with being a new mom I put myself on the back burner big time! My nipple piercing on one side became abscessed and I just dealt with the excruciating pain for weeks until I hardly could anymore. I all but stopped feeding my daughter from that breast and just self-expressed the milk as often as I could. I tried squeezing the yuck out regularly and using witch hazel on it. This was by far not the right thing to do!
Don’t Put Your Boobs On The Back Burner!
If I would have just gone to the doctor I would have saved myself sooo much pain and trouble! (Go figure.)
I was scared to feed my daughter off this horrible nipple because admittedly, it’s disgusting. That’s just what has to be done though! You’re not even supposed to drain it even though did as much as I could without applying too much pressure before I could consciously feed her.
Feeding her regularly plus hot moist compresses and keeping the area as dry as possible when not in use healed it super fast! Yes, it is gross and yes, I felt weird allowing my daughter to eat that yucky crap but its what you have to do! They suck out the stuff and it doesn’t hurt them. It eventually cleans and heals the wound making both mommy and baby happy because she needed the milk and I needed to get my boob back on track.
A Year Later
A year later into nursing, my piercing in just the one side still acts up from time to time It feels like a never-ending pain in the butt! So, if you haven’t got your nipples pierced yet I advise you to forget about it. It’s not worth the trouble.
I have gone through an insane amount of pain due to the original piercing, the healing, catching on stuff, abscesses and the occasional back up of gunk that has to be relieved. It’s gross and annoying. There are now just holes on the sides of my nipples and it was all for nothing.
I’m sure this doesn’t happen to everyone but it could happen because it did… to me. If you have any girlfriends thinking about nipple piercings and breastfeeding you might share this with them. As always, have a great day!