When you are just starting out on your breastfeeding journey, you will most likely experience some dryness and tenderness in your nipples. In the first few weeks of breastfeeding, I used the Bamboobies Nipple Cream after every breastfeeding and pumping session and it made such a huge difference!
Bamboobies makes this 1 oz jar of organic Lanolin Free Nipple cream, which is obviously safe for breastfeeding. This helps soothe, protect, and moisturizes your nipples when you are just starting out.
The ingredients include extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, marshmallow root, and calendula flower. The balm is non-toxic and is made from safe ingredients so you don’t have to wash it off before feeding your baby – it’s totally safe for you and them!
The texture is very thick and goes on like a wax. I used it on both my nipples and when I couldn’t find any chapstick nearby for my lips. It does an excellent job of moisturizing and preventing your nipples from drying to the inside of your bra.
When I didn’t use the cream, the saliva would sit on your nipples, causing them to become chapped and sore. The best way to prevent this is to hand express a couple of drops of breastmilk and rub onto your nipples and let air dry. This helps clean them off and the breastmilk helps heal the skin. Once it was dry, I would apply the nipple cream and relatch my bra.
The only thing I didn’t love about it, was the fact it was in a jar instead of a tube. Once you get a little further down in the jar, you have to scoop it out and the nipple butter gets caught under your fingernails. This just results in slightly oily fingers for a bit – but this is just a small price to pay for how well this works.
I think this is one of the best nipple creams out there. It contains just enough oil so you can easily spread over your nipple. It has a bit of an earthy smell, but I didn’t mind it and neither did my son. A few times he would change his mind about eating right after I put the cream on, and he didn’t mind the taste or texture of it on my nipple. It’s also perfect for pumping, as my nipples seemed to dry out more during a pumping session.
This isn’t a magical fix-all. It doesn’t cure your nipples overnight, it just simply helps keep them moisturized while they heal themselves. If you are experiencing pain, cracked or bleeding nipples, or any other issues with breastfeeding, I highly suggest meeting with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
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