Lanolin cream has been a lifesaver for just about every mom who has suffered from dry, cracked nipples. It is common to experience tender nipples during the first few days and weeks of breastfeeding. Your breasts are not used to the constant attention. Severe or prolonged pain when breastfeeding is neither necessary nor normal.
The two main culprits of breastfeeding pain and sore, dry, or cracked nipples are improper latch and improper position. If your baby's tongue is rubbing the tip of your nipple during breastfeeding due to a tongue-tie, you may be in even worse shape and greater need of help.
Lanolin cream helps relieve sore, dry, cracked, and sensitive nipples. Lanolin cream should be a purified, medical grade product to avoid allergic reactions. If you are allergic to wool, you should talk to your doctor or a lactation consultant before using lanolin. If you are not allergic to wool, a lanolin cream that is 100 percent natural will be safe for both you and your baby.
Lanolin cream can be applied to your nipples after you shower, after each feeding, or as often as you feel you need it. Most name brand lanolin creams are safe for your baby to digest, so there is no need to wash it off before nursing.
When treating sore nipples, do not use any harsh soap, shower gels, or other bath products on your breasts. Residue from bath products remains on your breasts and can be digested by your baby. All you need to clean your breasts is clear warm water. Gently pat yourself dry or air dry.
There is no scientific proof that lanolin cream helps relieve or heal dry and cracked nipples. If you ask around, you will find plenty of women who rave about its abilities to moisturize and soothe nipples in need of repair. Lanolin cream is recommended for moist wound healing when your nipples are dry and cracked—having some on hand couldn't hurt.
- I certainly had dry, cracked nipples in the early weeks of breastfeeding, and I made sure I had Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream nearby. Lansinoh soothed my nipples immediately. It is thick, sticky, and lubricates like a dream. It comes in a sterile squeeze tube which makes for easy application and less mess. Lanisnoh is made form pure, medical grade lanolin making it non-toxic and safe for your baby to ingest – you don't have to wash it off before breastfeeding! I loved it and recommend all breastfeeding mamas keep a tube or two in the house at all times.