pierced nipples

Must Nipple Piercings Heal Shut to Nurse Successfully?

Kathleen Tackett's picture


Dear Lactation Consultant,
I have heard a variety of responses to this question, but have never asked a lactation consultant. I've had my nipples pierced for almost three years. I want more than anything to be able to breastfeed my son (I'm due in November).

One doctor told me that I have to take the piercings out and let the holes close if I want to breastfeed successfully, while another told me that as long as the jewelry isn't in while I'm breastfeeding it was fine to keep them pierced. Who was right? What should I do?