Can You Get a Cosmetic Tattoo While Breastfeeding?

One of the wonders of having a baby is to nurse your child and look after them for a while until they slowly become dependent on their own. This means that they are already taking solid foods where they can get all the necessary nutrients. It is essential that, as a responsible mother, you are to put your child on top of everything else. But there are instances when you do need to take care of yourself. After all, you’ve waited a long time, and it’s about time to pamper yourself for a well-done job.

With today’s trend, one procedure that is being heavily considered, especially for nursing mothers, is permanent makeup. Permanent makeup is a technique that uses cosmetic tattoos (semi-permanent dermis pigmentation such as permanent eyeliner, nona blading, lip tattooing) to resemble makeup. Examples of this are microblading and lip tattooing.

Permanent eyebrow, for instance, is very popular these days as it offers a proven and safe method to have long-lasting and natural-looking eyebrows.

The latest statistics show Australians have already spent more than $1 billion on minimal or non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Among this nonsurgical procedure is microblading, also referred to as eyebrow embroidery, a new technology in reshaping the eyebrows and making them perfect.

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Why Breastfeeding Moms are Considering Permanent Makeup

Among the things that nursing or breastfeeding moms are considering is permanent makeup. To put it in perspective, let’s say you just gave birth to a healthy baby and chose to nurse him or her through breastfeeding. Ask yourself this question: “Do you still have time for yourself with all the things happening left and right?”

You might have thought of getting permanent makeup if you answered no. This is the perfect solution to ensure you are always good-looking and gorgeous.

During pregnancy, there are lots of changes in your body. The changes also continue to happen as you go through your breastfeeding journey. By getting cosmetic tattooing for your eyebrows, the ingrained pigment will look like hair (also known as feather touch) and last for a minimum of 1 to 3 years, but it will require some touchups.

is it dangerous to get a tattoo while breastfeeding?

But then you begin to wonder if this procedure will affect your baby. So, can you get a tattoo while breastfeeding in Australia? Or is it dangerous to get a tattoo while breastfeeding?

Is it Safe for Breastfeeding Moms to Get a Tattoo?

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It is an option, yes, but it is not advised. Remember that you’re getting a permanent makeup tattoo while breastfeeding.

Microblading is a form of tattooing in which the ink penetrates deep into the bloodstream. A tattooing procedure might cause an infection long-term.

While you’re nursing, it is advised to avoid this type of cosmetic procedure as you might pass an infection to your baby. These blood infections include HIV and Hepatitis B and C, which could easily be transmitted to your baby through the milk. The anesthetic creams or numbing creams used for treatment can also enter the bloodstream.

In short, getting cosmetic tattoos while breastfeeding is not recommended. You might wonder when you can wait before you can do it. It is advised to be cautious and wait until you’re done nursing your baby and that he or she is not relying on your body anymore to get nourishment.

Tattooing Artist

Olha Po

“Welcome to Cosmetic Tattoo Studio Face Figurati! I am Olha Po, an experienced Cosmetic Tattoo Artist since 2016. I specialize in eyebrow, eyeliner, lip tattooing & tattoo removal service.

At Cosmetic Tattoo Studio Face Figurati, we strive to provide the highest quality of treatment with the utmost attention to detail. We use only the latest techniques, premium-quality pigment and tools to ensure our clients achieve stunning results that last for years.

If you are considering lash line, lip blush tattooing or hybrid brows, then I would be more than happy to provide a free consultation – at which we can discuss all of the options available to you and find the perfect one for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries – I’m here for you! Thank you for your time!” – Olha Po


What are the Risks of Permanent Makeup during Breastfeeding?

You can think of numerous advantages on long-term advantages of permanent makeup, but there are risks, especially when you’re breastfeeding.

1. Infection through needles

Your baby can contract HIV, Hepatitis B and C, tetanus, or MRSA, especially if the needles used during the procedure are not properly and completely sterilised. The pigment deposits into the skin’s outer layer using tiny needles. This will then be passed on as an infection through your breast milk. This could ultimately harm your baby. Also, if you develop a severe infection, you will need antibiotics. Not all antibiotics are safe to take while breastfeeding.

2. You can have an allergic reaction to the inks

Provided that you have done your research, permanent makeup can still cause itchy rashes and could lead to an allergic reaction. After the procedure, people will notice a bit of flaking, and the area can become puffy. This could also include irritation, redness, and pus on or near your tattoo.

3. Discomfort after the procedure

Tattoos and breastfeeding can both lead to discomfort. Permanent makeup, such as microblading, can cause pain and discomfort after the procedure has been done.

Using numbing creams or anesthetics on these affected areas may also harm your baby as it contains strong chemicals. This might cause irregular heartbeat, nervousness, sweating, nausea, seizure, and dizziness.

4. The chemicals that enter your bloodstream are dangerous

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When you do the procedure, you are letting the chemicals enter your bloodstream. Not all pigments used in cosmetic tattooing are organic. These will go into your liver through the bloodstream and breast milk, which will then be ultimately passed on to your baby during nursing.

5. Changes in the facial tissue

While you’re pregnant, your facial tissue stretches due to increased fluid retention. It will take some time and will not return to normal for a few months. If you decide to get permanent makeup while nursing, the result may look different as your skin is still undergoing changes.

Skin pigmentation during pregnancy and while breastfeeding can also change or affect the coluor and shape of the tattoo.


We do not recommend getting any kind of tattoo while breastfeeding. It is best to avoid all potential risks associated with the procedure that might end up being harmful to the baby.

Microblading (eyebrow feathering) is a cosmetic process that involves pigment implantation in your skin to resemble an eyebrow. Technically, microblading is a form of tattooing. We have listed the possible risks of having a tattoo while breastfeeding, and it’s ideal to wait until after breastfeeding for you to get microblading.

It’s ideal to wait until you’re done nursing your child. Most technicians and doctors recommend waiting for at least nine to twelve months after giving birth. This would ensure that your baby already got the necessary nutrients to go strong and healthy. Your hormones at this point will significantly reduce as if you’re back to your old self.
A good cosmetic tattoo artist would advise you to give some more time for your body to return and reduce the hormones released during pregnancy. They know the risks you might acquire during the procedure and the complications it can cause to your baby.

As recommended by technicians and doctors, wait until breastfeeding is over before you can retouch your microblading. This will open the risks of acquiring infections and is very much likely.

It’s quite understandable that most women are still coping with post-pregnancy effects and that permanent makeup is a viable and practical option to return to your old self. The convenience it brings is good, but you must remember that your baby relies on you through your breast milk. It is recommended that you consult your doctor before doing any cosmetic procedure.