I pierced my nipple when I was 19 and I never took it out. I knew when I got pregnant, I was going to have to take it out. It was a hoop and I figured since I had a few other piercings, this would be totally easy to take out and I would get around to it.
But with pregnant brain, I forgot. And it’s also not something you think about on a daily basis! So fast forward to my last ultra sound.
We go in, my doctor tells me we’re going to have to have the baby by c section and I and I’m thinking ok , sometime this weekend or Monday, I have to get to work. He corrects me with in 2 hours and I start to panic. I haven’t taken the nipple ring out !
My doctor tells me to go home and pack and we get home and I take off my shirt and now I’m panicking because I’m pulling the ring and it’s not coming out. I can’t even get the little ball off the ring.
I grab the pliers. As you can imagine this, I am using the pliers and pulling the other side, with this piercing still in me, super pregnant, and literally yanking this out.
It’s. Not. Budging.
Now I am freaking out!
I don’t have time to go to a tattoo parlor and get it out. How am I going to breastfeed ?!
My husband and I make the decision to let it stay and we’ll ask the people at the hospital to do it. Perfect.
Fast forward 3 hours. Hospital will not take it out for me. I goin for c section. I have to tell everyone and their mother about my nipple ring (humiliating) and then everyone look at me with judge mental eyes.
Fast forward one hour. Baby is here. I am a mess and sedated and can barely move but it’s time to breast feed! I am binky drugged and can’t have emotion but am very upset about this nipple ring.
Finally. A nurse comes to my rescue. She gives me a plastic nipple guard that I can use to breast feed.
Verdict ? You can breast feed with a nipple ring.
But I think next time, I will have it taken out !
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