Popular for both men and women, nipple piercings heal well and are one of the few piercings that you can easily keep to yourself. Nipple piercings are usually pierced through the base of the nipple, not the areola. They can be placed horizontally, vertically or at any angle in between. Nipple piercings can be done with straight barbells or ball closure rings, although many people find that barbells are more comfortable under clothes during the healing period. If you have flat or inverted nipples, please go to an experienced piercer and inform them beforehand. Most people with inverted nipples are able to get them pierced, but it may affect your choice of jewellery.
How To Care For New Nipple Piercings
Nipple piercings should be kept clean and dry. Clean with saline twice daily and avoid submerging the piercing in water. It is important to wear breathable dressings for the first couple of days and allowing the piercing to breathe while healing. We recommend wearing natural fibres and loose clothing – and going without a bra. Take care not to catch the piercing on your clothing when getting dressed and clean the piercing after exercise. Most nipple piercings heal within six to sixteen weeks. If you notice any persistent pain, swelling or unusual symptoms, consult your piercer immediately.
Female Nipple Piercings And Breastfeeding
Having nipple piercings should not cause any problems with breastfeeding in the future, although if you are concerned please consult an experienced piercer or breastfeeding specialist. We recommend that you remove your nipple jewellery before starting breastfeeding. Jewellery can interfere with breastfeeding and make it difficult for your baby to latch on. Nipple jewellery also poses a choking hazard and can harbour bacteria that although harmless for you, can pose a risk for babies. When you are no longer breastfeeding you may be able to reinsert your jewellery, or simply get your nipples re-pierced.