Every New Mama Needs: Nipple Cream!
I would say it is right up there with diapers and onesies.
(And tinned prunes, or is that just me?)
So, I have recently had my fourth baby and for the first time I came across a nipple cream I am more than happy to recommend. It is the business. Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter Nursing Cream.
This is why it is GREAT:
- it actually does soothe your skin and heal any damage
- it absorbs into your skin
- you don’t have to wipe it off before your baby feeds
- it doesn’t have an odour
- one tiny pot lasts for ages
- it’s also good for chapped lips and cradle cap
But honestly, the main reason to use it is: it actually works.
With my first three babies, the nipple cream I used was Lansinoh Breastfeeding Salve. I feel almost disloyal giving it a negative review – that purple tube got me through some tough/cracked times. But it’s made of lanolin so it’s slimy and your skin doesn’t absorb the slime. You’re meant to wipe it off before feeding, but that stuff is sticky and intransigent. Newborn babies don’t follow timetables and aren’t so patient about waiting till you have located a warm flannel and a dry towel. I found the residual slime made it harder for baby to latch on.
So the Earth Mama one is definitely my recommendation. To be honest, I think the name and the packaging put me off for a while – it looks and sounds a bit fluffy and unsubstantial. Yeah, I want natural things for my baby, but I’m not really a true crunchie through and through and when it comes to sore nipples I just want the one which will actually soothe and heal the skin. And Lansinoh looks very medicinal and sensible by comparison.
But anyway, the pink & fluffy one is the hands-down winner.
Here is how to use it:
- Use it from day one of breastfeeding, even before you feel even a teeny bit sore
- After each feed apply a thin layer of the stuff and rub it in
- Let your nipples air dry. Even as I type this, it makes me smile at how ‘establishing breastfeeding’ and ‘having lots of relatives (some of whom are male and/or your in-laws) visit your newborn baby’ are so utterly incompatible but necessary
- After a couple of days, if your nipples are feeling ok, I wouldn’t bother with it every time, just if you feel they are getting a little damaged or sore after a feed with a not-so-good latch
- Keep that little jar with you – maybe put an extra one in your nappy bag
There it is: every mama needs a good nipple cream. Remember to pack it in your hospital bag along with the diapers and onesies.
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