Best Natural Nipple Cream
I remember nursing my son for the first few times in the hospital, my nipples became dry and cracked, and the pain unbearable. Even though I told the nurses that I wanted to stop because of the pain, they still encouraged me to go on because he was just starting to get the hang of it. After an exhausting round of breast-feeding, I was handed a nipple cream to soothe the dryness and soreness, but it didn’t give much relief.
When I started to research ingredients to make my own all-natural nipple cream, I learned some interesting facts about an ingredient in commonly used nipple creams…
That ingredient was, Laonlin. Lanolin is a wax-like substance derived from the wool of sheep, and it is commonly used in many nipple creams to moisturize and soothe sore nipples. However, there are several reasons why lanolin may not be the best choice for new moms.
- lanolin allergies are not uncommon.
If you have a wool allergy, you may be allergic to lanolin as well. Using a nipple cream that contains lanolin could cause an allergic reaction, leading to further discomfort and pain.
- lanolin is not vegan-friendly.
If you are a vegan or vegetarian, using a product that contains animal-derived ingredients may not align with your lifestyle and values. In addition, the extraction process of lanolin from sheep's wool can involve the use of pesticides and other chemicals that may not be environmentally friendly.
- There have been concerns about the safety of lanolin in nipple creams.
While lanolin is generally recognized as safe by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there have been reports of contamination with harmful bacteria. In addition, lanolin can be difficult to remove from clothing and may stain.
So, what are the alternatives to lanolin in nipple creams? There are several plant-based options that are safe and effective for soothing sore nipples, and our Boob Balm is made with the best ingredients with your healing in mind. Here are some ingredient highlights:
Avocado Oil: Full of minerals and vitamins A, C, D, and E. It is an excellent source of enrichment for dry or damaged skin. It has also been shown to increase collagen synthesis which helps repair damaged skin cells.
Sunflower Seed Oil: High in Linoleic Acid which must be physically replenished because our bodies can not make this essential fatty acid ourselves. Linoleic Acid creates a stronger skin barrier to keep moisture in and keep irritants out.
Coconut Oil: Rich in fatty acids to provide moisture. It also has antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties.
Beeswax: Provides a protective barrier on the nipple to help prevent water loss.
Every time your baby nurses, it has the same effect as when you lick your lips and they end up drier. Our Boob Balm is formulated to restore that moisture and reduce inflammation. The ingredients are perfectly safe for your baby, and you.
Choosing the best postpartum care products is essential for your recovery and overall well being. While nipple creams can be a lifesaver for new moms, it's important to be aware of the ingredients in the products you choose. Lanolin may not be the best option for everyone. Take a look at our Boob Balm, Here, and remember, taking care of yourself is the best way to take care of your baby!
First pregnancies can be scary and the fear of birth paralyzing.
Instead of taking action, you’re overwhelmed. You can only hope that your healthcare provider will make the best decisions for you.
I wish I’d been better prepared but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I felt like birth was just one of those miserable experiences women have to push through and endure.
Now that I’m in my third trimester expecting my second baby, I’m choosing to embrace birth with intention.
What I’m doing differently this time around:
Choosing a Natural Birth:
This felt scary at first, but I want a redemptive and peaceful birth. One where I have the autonomy to move my body into positions that support my baby’s efforts to enter the world.
Instead of letting fear take over, I’m absorbing as much information as possible. I’ve consulted with my midwife to craft my ideal birth plan. I’m also watching birth videos to get more comfortable with the experience.
I’m seeing a chiropractor to help me align my hips and back to help make the birth experience be more comfortable. I made sure to look for a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique to help ensure my baby is in optimal position for labor.
Pelvic Floor Specialist:
My pelvic floor specialist and I are preparing my body for birth. We’re doing exercises to learn how to relax certain muscles during delivery, strengthen my pelvic floor, and improve my postpartum recovery.
Postpartum Skin Care Products:
This time I’m not using the postpartum skin care products provided by the hospital. I didn’t know better the first time. I didn’t realize how many questionable ingredients were in those products that did nothing to support my healing process. Instead, I’ll be using my own products like the Boob Balm, Herbal Relief Body Mist, Lavender Soaking Salts, and Revitalize Postpartum Cream which I believe are the best postpartum skincare products. All of them can be found in my Postpartum Care Package.
I combine the stretching technique with the Baby Cheeks Barrier Oil to reduce my chances of tearing. The oils help the skin to become more elastic and the stretching helps the skin become more flexible. It also teaches you to release tension during intensity and allow your body to expand.
I’m incorporating strength workouts to reduce the aches and pains I felt during my first pregnancy. By working out at least twice a week I have almost completely eliminated back pain, sciatic pain, and abdominal pinching. I have been doing the Bodi Barre Prenatal workouts and absolutely love them!!
Pregnancy hormones like Relaxin cause the skin to be less firm and often lead to stretch marks and cellulite. I have been strengthening my skin’s elasticity throughout pregnancy with our postpartum belly cream: the Revitalize Postpartum Cream. It contains Lupin extract that produces type I Collagen and increases skin elasticity and firmness. I have no stretch marks. The cellulite on my legs that I had at the beginning of my pregnancy has all but disappeared.
Strengthening My Faith:
Even though I’m doing everything in my power to prepare my body and mind for birth, there is still a whisper of fear in me. I’m strengthening my connection with God to replace that fear with faith. Believing in the knowledge that I was built for birth and that I can trust in Him for strength.
Preparing and planning for birth has felt like an extra full-time job. But, I feel so excited.
I hope this empowers you to decide and take charge of your baby’s birth and motherhood journey.
I'd love to hear what you've been doing to prepare for your birth? Comment below!