Pierced nipple and nipple ring: Will these affect breastfeeding?

I had my left nipple pierced when I was about 24 years old. Although I rarely wear the ring, there is still an opening through the nipple. I am not experiencing soreness or any other indication of infection. Will this affect breastfeeding?

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There is no research to date showing that breastfeeding will be negatively impacted in a woman who has had her nipple pierced.

Nipple rings may increase nipple sensitivity. This, along with scarring could theoretically cause some discomfort that is not normally present for the nursing mom. There have also been reports of leaking of milk from the pierced area.

For a woman who continues to wear a nipple ring, it would be wise to remove prior to nursing her baby. If the nipple ring is not removed prior to breastfeeding, choking could occur.

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