Most women know that when it comes to a beauty regimen, the struggle is real. But eyebrows are a whole different animal, especially if they are thinner than you’d like. To get them to look thick and dark, you may use a pencil or shadow, but if you’re looking for a more permanent solution, especially as a new mom, you may want to try microblading. But are there any safety concerns? If you want your eyebrows done because you’re too exhausted to use an eyebrow pencil, I get it, but can you get your eyebrows microbladed when you’re breastfeeding?
Romper spoke with International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Angie Natero, who says that microblading is very similar to tattoos, so while it might be rare, there still is a risk of infection. “Moms must weigh the risks,” she says, “and they should tell the person performing the procedure that they are breastfeeding.” She adds that after finding out that you are breastfeeding, it’s possible that they won’t perform it.
Because microblading is a permanent solution for your eyebrow woes, the ink and needles are where the safety risk lies. According to Elle, microbladed eyebrows are basically face tattoos with artists using fine strokes of ink to mimic eyebrow hair. But as with any tattoo, it can break the thermal layer of your skin, and any improper after care or needles that haven’t been properly sanitized can lead to an infection, explained La Leche League International (LLLI), so it might be better to wait until you are done nursing.
The good news is, even if you did get your eyebrows microbladed while breastfeeding, it shouldn’t affect your milk supply. Kelly Mom noted that there is no data or research on whether or not the inks or numbing creams used in microblading will affect your milk supply or baby, so you can at least rest easy there. Just keep in mind that there are risks of infection from the needles, so it’s important to find a good, reputable tattoo artist. If you’re still concerned, wait until your little one isn’t so attached to you to get the eyebrows of your dreams.