I have been thinking about getting my nipples pierced. I know I won't be able to bind for a while afterward, but for how long? (I have a binder that adjusts with velcro, if that makes any difference.) I just feel awkward asking the piercer about it.
Zak: I was curious so I did a little bit of research on this and wasn’t able to find a definitive answer. What I did find is that it is recommended that those with breasts wear sports bras that aren’t too tight for awhile after a nipple piercing, thought it did not say how long. This post suggests that binding with tape (bad for you anyway) can increase the amount of time it takes for the piercing to heal and that it takes about 12-18 months to heal in general. Obviously this doesn’t exactly apply to your situation, but might suggest that binding could increase your healing time. That person’s idea of having a little bit of foam between your nipples and the binder is also probably a pretty good one.
I’ve read that binding with pierced nipples, even if they are fully healed, can seriously hurt. Beyond that, you have to be careful not to catch your piercing on your binder. I’ve also read that you need to be very careful to keep your binder clean when you’re wearing a binder over a piercing!
So, I wasn’t able to find a clear answer. I think the best option would be to ask your piercer, as awkward as that might seem. You could always say that you bind to cosplay or do drag if you don’t want to out yourself. If you don’t want to ask YOUR piercer, than maybe you can find another piercer to ask. They would probably know best. If nothing else, there are definitely other people who have been in your situation who perhaps would know.