By Sydni Ellis  July 5, 2022

Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, double board-certified in OB/GYN and maternal fetal medicine, director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx, tells Motherly, “There are no scientific studies, to my knowledge, obviating getting a tattoo while breastfeeding. The ink stays within the upper layer of skin.” Although, Dr. Gaither does mention the risks associated with utilizing unsterilized needles, which include HIV, Hepatitis C, skin infection/MRSA, or tetanus.

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