When you first thought about breastfeeding your new baby, you probably didn’t envision cracked and bleeding nipples or the soreness that comes with an improper latch or a strong suck.
Very little is picture-perfect with a new baby. When settling in with a new baby and learning the proper latch and positioning, much is trial and error. There can be a lot of pain and discomfort when it comes to breastfeeding, but as you both learn this new skill, the pain and discomfort should subside.
The least talked about nipple care tip
Don’t use soap on your boobs when you’re nursing. Your nipples produce their own oils. Removing that oil every day (or however often you can find time to shower with baby around!) dries out our nipples’ natural magic.
Extra help for your boobs
If you need additional help with latching and positioning, reach out to a lactation consultant. Professional feedback could prevent a lot of frustration. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot they can do for the soreness and cracked skin. Fortunately, we have nipple creams for that!
There are a lot of questions about what kind of nipple creams are the best, and most importantly, which are the safest to use with your baby.
>> And keep reading to the end for my #1 nipple hack for pumping moms!<<
Are nipple creams safe for babies?
Yes, nipple creams are safe for your baby, but with a few conditions: avoid alcohol-based creams, ingredients you or baby are allergic to, scented products, and ingredients you cannot pronounce. Afterall, baby will be ingesting these ingredients as he/she nurses.
Nipple Cream Recommendations
You might have snagged a few tubes of lanolin before you came home from the hospital, along with those beautiful disposable panties.
If you haven’t already, start dabbing a bit of the lanolin on each nipple even before breastfeeding. Lanolin is a natural and safe product for babies to ingest, so no need to wash before feeding.
So, which creams are the safest and most effective? We’ve listed a few of our favorite recommendations below.
Best Nipple Lanolin: Medela Tender Care Lanolin
Lanolin is a substance produced by sheep, which protects and waterproofs their wool, and also serves as the perfect moisturizer for overworked nipples.
Medela Tender Care Lanolin is a favorite among many moms. It’s made with all-natural ingredients and goes on smoothly and gently. Since it is made with natural ingredients, it’s perfectly safe for your baby to ingest. Since it is moisturizing instead of greasy, this lanolin won’t gunk up the flanges on your breast pump.
Best Nipple Oil: Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Multi-use products are life-savers, right? Coconut Oil, which is also great for cooking, can double as a healing and soothing nipple salve.
Many in the mom community use it as a moisturizer for themselves and their babies. It’s also great for diaper rash and cradle cap. It’s easy to use: just rub between your palms until melted, and apply.
Garden of Life Coconut Oil is sold in most health food stores and is an affordable option and multifunctional from the kitchen to your baby!
There are a few things to note when choosing a coconut oil:
- Organic brands are always best for baby.
- Extra-virgin contains antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- Cold-pressed minimizes the natural flavor and fragrance so it won’t compete as your baby is rooting for the smell of your own milk.
Best Nipple Cream: Naturawl Nursing Mom Booby Balm Nipple Cream
Naturawl’s Nursing Mom Booby Balm is plant-based and vegan-friendly. Extra-virgin olive oil, rosehip seed oil and calendula flower make up this intensely moisturizing ointment, packed with antibacterial properties and vitamin A to boost cell reconstruction for the damage already done.
All of these products listed are excellent options, but just like your motherhood journey, everything should be suited to you and your baby’s needs.
My #1 Pumping + Nipple Cream Hack
I used to just put my flanges in my pumping bra and get down to business. I would put nipple cream on after I breastfed, but not usually when I pumped. And the thing about pumping is that basically your skin is banging against plastic over and over again. We give our car engines oil, why not our nipples?!
One day I decided to put just a tiny dab of nipple cream directly onto my flanges where my nipples hit. Suddenly all friction was removed and I got no tenderness after a long pump. It was magical. I also used about ¼ of the amount of nipple cream on my flanges as I did when I put it directly on my nipples. Win-win!
I hope some of these tips help your nipples!