Nipple Piercing Information & Aftercare
Nipple Piercing Jewelry
When getting a nipple piercing your Professional Piercer will begin with a 14 gauge or 12 gauge barbell. Never use a 16 gauge barbell in the nipples, this is too short and will cause tugging and cutting around the piercing. There is a lot of movement and friction around the nipples and this area of the body, a 16 gauge barbell is extremely thin and can easily be pulled through the piercing. Barbell’s are the easiest and best way to heal a nipple piercing because it matches the direction of the piercing. When being pierced horizontally through the nipple a straight barbell won’t put any pressure on the piercing like a ring would. Curved barbells and rings are not ideal choices because the piercing itself is going to fight against the circular shape of the jewelry. A ring or a curved barbell will pull down the nipple and it can make healing this piercing more difficult. When getting a nipple piercing it is important to keep swelling in mind, your piercer will start you off with a longer bar to compensate for this.
The piercer will look at the size of your nipple to determine how long the barbell needs to be, but as a general rule of thumb there should be about 1/8" of an inch on each side of the barbell. If the barbell is too tight it can “plug” the entering and exiting holes of the piercing, preventing draining and swelling. The extra length of the barbell allows for discharge and swelling. If the piercing becomes painful and the balls at the end of the barbell look like they are “dimpling” this is a strong indication that you need a longer barbell immediately.
After having the barbell changed out give it some time to swell and heal before going back to your original jewelry. This is a piercing that swells quite frequently, it can swell the first month of having it pierced or the fifth. It is prone to swelling, and it’s important that the jewelry reflects this, making it a good idea to have different sized jewelry if need be. Your piercer will be able to help you with the correct size of jewelry and they can assess any changes in the piercing.
Nipple Piercing Process
The two most important parts of getting a piercing are the piercer and the jewelry. It is important that you go to a reputable piercing shop that has experience with this piercing. Most shops have a portfolio and will talk to you about the procedure before you even start. They will be able to advise you on the perfect sized jewelry to start with, getting high quality jewelry will enhance the healing process and make for a better experience.
After the jewelry is picked out and you have signed the required paperwork you will be moved to a private room. The jewelry is sterilized with an autoclave and your nipples are cleaned with alcohol or surgical scrub. Then the piercer will mark the nipple where the actual barbell will sit. After you agree on the placement, your piercer will clamp the nipple (some piercers don’t use clamps for this piercing, its preference) and then insert the needle. Once the needle is through the jewelry will be inserted immediately after. The piercer will often place a bandage over the piercing to account for any bleeding that may happen. Then starts the healing process!
Do Nipple Piercings Make The Nipple More Sensitive?
Nipple piercings are exquisite because of their placement. The nervous system is what causes the nipples to become sensitive. It doesn’t make them more sensitive per-say, but it makes them more pronounced. This makes them stick out, making you more aware of them and that can be enough to make a difference in feeling.
Ideally you should wait until your nipples are fully healed before doing any type of nipple play. It is important to wait through the entirety of the healing process because until 9-12 months your body has not finished developing fistulas. This means that you have a higher risk for ripping or tearing the piercing. Even the smallest of microscopic tears can be dangerous in a healing piercing. Any type of tearing leaves the body open for infection. In essence, touching or orally stimulating the nipples can create infection from bacteria entering in the piercing.
How To Prepapre For Nipple Piercing Pain
The pain from a nipple piercing is very minimal. If done properly it should last only a split second. Most people refer to it as a sharp pinch. By the time you feel the actual piercing it should be over and done with! Since it is such a fast/quick sensation there really isn't anything you can do to minimize it. Just make sure you find a professional piercer you trust and after that enjoy the ride. Some of life's greatest joys and memories come from doing and accomplishing things that we are scared of but leaves you feeling so alive afterwards!
How Much Does a Nipple Piercing Generally Cost?
The cost of a nipple piercing is going to vary widely depending on the shop you go to get it done at. On the low end you are probably going to spend around $45 to $55 dollars per nipple. On the high end probably $80 to $100 per nipple. Most high end shops will usually charge around $55 dollars per nipple give or take. Anything cheaper then those prices I would be wary of. Your jewelry should always be internally threaded, of an astm f-138 implant grade surgical stainless steel, or astm f-136 implant grade titanium. The entire setup for your piercing should be properly sterilized with either an autoclave or a statim. And last your piercer should be someone with plenty of experience and references to show that they can properly perform your piercings.
Can You Breastfeed with Nipple Piercings?
The topic of whether or not you can breastfeed with nipple piercings is a tricky one. You definitely can breastfeed with nipple piercings but there's a couple of factors that might make you want to reconsider. The piercing itself should not damage or disturb the milk flow at all. But it could cause a problem with some babies being able to latch on to. You would definitely want to make sure your piercings are well healed before attempting to breastfeed with nipple piercings. If they are not, it might be best to pull them out, letting them heal, and then re piercing them once your baby is weaned from breastfeeding all together. The last thing you would want to do is pass any possible infection or bacteria from the healing piercing to your baby. If you decide to keep the piercings while breastfeeding just make sure you have only the highest quality jewelry in them. A plain barbell with no nooks or crannies for dirt or bacteria to harbor in is acceptable. Only barbells made out of an implant grade astm f-138 surgical stainless steel or an astm f-136 titanium should be used. Also make sure your barbell has plenty of room for the swelling of the nipple that will occur. Lastly, it's highly recommend to visit your local piercer and have them tighten the jewelry as tight as possible to make sure nothing comes loose during the time you will be breastfeeding.
How Do You Know If Your Piercing Is Being Rejected
The best way to know if your nipple piercing is starting to reject is to go see your local professional piercer and let them take a look. If you don't have access to a reputable shop in your area then the signs should be pretty obvious. First, can you see the bar through the middle of your piercing? If yes then take it out. Is there a lot more bar showing then when you first got it pierced? If yes then it could be rejecting or maybe you just got a little bit of migration. Is the nipple swelling over the balls on the jewelry? If yes then this might not be a rejection issue and more of a your jewelry is to short issue. Now of course there are a lot of other issues that could be signs of rejection but those are your main ones to look out for. Once again though your best bet is to always just go get it looked at by a professional body piercer.
How Long Does It Take For a Nipple Piercing To Heal?
Nipple piercings take quite a long time to heal, approximately 9 to 12 months. During the healing process it is crucial to keep the piercing clean and comfortable. In the first few weeks you may want to wear a loose-fitting shirt that is made of cotton, this allows the piercing to breathe. Salt water soaks are going to be the best way to heal newly pierced nipples. Go to your local grocery store to pick up a gallon of water, and a bottle of non-iodized sea salt. Make sure not to substitute the distilled water for tap water or any other type of water. The sea salt should read “non-iodized” on the label, and the only ingredient on the label should be sea salt. Distilled water and non-iodized sea salt can be found at almost any grocery store and they are inexpensive items. After getting these two items pour 4 tablespoons of the non-iodized sea salt into the gallon of water, shake the mixture well!
Nipple piercings should be cleaned twice a day, ideally once in the morning and once at night. Take the solution that you just made and pour it into a shot glass or a coffee mug. Put the glass in the microwave for a quick second, you want the solution to be body temperature or lukewarm. If the solution is in the microwave too long it can burn you and your new piercing. Make sure the temperature is okay before putting it up to your body. Take the shot glasses or coffee cups and lean into them, push the cups into the skin to create a “suction” effect.
Hold the cups in place for seven to ten minutes. After the soak is completed lean forward again and pull the glass or coffee cup away from you. Pat the area dry with a clean paper towel or rinse the area with water.
What Not to Do
When healing a nipple piercing you don’t want to touch the jewelry at any point or let anyone else touch the piercing. You don’t need to rotate or spin the barbell for any reason. If you have to touch the piercing for any reason make sure you are washing your hands with antibacterial hand soap beforehand. The goal is to make this piercing as stationary as possible during the healing period. Every time the piercing is moved the healing barrier starts to break. This is similar to picking a scab. When you pick a scab, it re-opens the wound and it takes longer to heal, creates more scar tissue, and you are introducing bacteria into the body. These are all the same things that are happening with your piercing when you “play” with it or move the jewelry. You can keep your piercing healthy by avoiding bottle cleaners such as; Bactine, Neosporin, Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Antibacterial soap. These cleaners are too harsh on the piercing and can penetrate the healthy tissue that is trying to heal. It is best not to self-medicate or try to fix your piercing if you feel like something is going on with it.
If you suspect there is a problem, go to your local piercer to have it looked at. Sometimes trying to fix it at home will actual make the problem worse, your piercer is happy to help when needed!
Disclaimer: If you have any questions or concerns about your piercings please seek a Professional Piercer or a Medical Doctor Immediately.