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Should you breastfeed your child after obtaining a tattoo?

Jun 26, 2015

Carr & Co

Family Court of Australia

A Sydney Federal Circuit Court Judge recently restrained a mother from breastfeeding her 11 month old son. The decision was made after a father raised concerns about the mother continuing to breastfeed when she had recently been tattooed. Despite the mother producing medical evidence that confirmed negative results for both Hepatitis and HIV, the order was made.

On the same day the mother appealed. The appeal was listed and heard urgently (the following day) by the Full Court who overturned the decision. The mother can continue to breastfed her son until such time as the matter is re heard.

You can find the Full Court decision here.