What’s the best nipple cream for breastfeeding?

If your nipples are sore, cracked or sensitive, you’re going to want the best nipple cream for breastfeeding.

You may be astounded by just how many nipple creams, balms and butters are available.

However, just like a good moisturiser, it’s challenging to find a great one that works for you.

As a mum, you are probably going through great lengths to continue breastfeeding, and we want you to be able to keep up the excellent job.

Adding a specially formulated soothing breastfeeding cream to your feeding routine can prevent the pain and promote healing.

Check out some of the picks of the best nipple creams on the market.

5 Best Nipple Cream Reviews

1. Lansinoh Lanolin Cream

You may want to start by looking at the cream which has probably been recommended to you by friends, family, midwife or health visitor. Lansinoh lanolin cream is defiantly the queen of nipple creams. It’s made from 100% lanolin which is just a fancy name for sheep’s wool wax. It’s all natural and not full of human-made chemicals, so it doesn’t need to be removed before nursing, and safe for baby to ingest.

The Lansinoh nipple cream has a thick, sticky consistency which is unscented. The thickness is fantastic for promoting ‘moist wound healing,’ which basically means it heals your skin without forming scabs. We suggest you use the cream with breast pads; otherwise, your bras and tops tend to become sticky or stained.

It’s a bit pricey to buy in store at around £10 for 40ml. However, you can get great offers online. If you don’t mind shelling out a little extra for a great product, then we’d highly recommend this cream as a little goes a long way. If you want to try something less expensive, then check out the other nipple creams we’ve reviewed below.

2. Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter

Another awesome nipple cream comes from Earth Mama Angel Baby, which boasts of an organic, non-toxic, cruelty-free, and vegan-friendly alternative to Lanolin. This butter is a luxurious alternative to the Lansinoh cream for those who need or choose to avoid animal-based nipple creams.

Like the Lansinoh, this nipple butter is all natural and does not need to be removed before feeding baby. This prevents you from causing friction damage to your nipples by wiping it off and is convenient for quick feeding. The cream uses calendula (marigold) as a herbal alternative to lanolin, known for its wound healing and soothing properties.

As a butter, it has a soft, yellow wax-like appearance. Scoop it out with your fingers and its smooth, consistency will start to melt with the heat of your fingers, making it easy to apply. A little goes a long way, and it quickly absorbs into your skin providing immediate relief. It has a lovely (almost chocolaty) scent as it contains shea and cocoa butter. It can be quite expensive at around £13 for a 2oz jar but keep an eye out for special offer, and you can get it for under £10.

3. Medela PureLan Nipple Cream

The Purelan nipple cream is the nipple cream offering of breastfeeding heavyweight Medela. It’s a baby safe Lanolin cream which is designed to ensure your nipples are protected from frequent breastfeeding. It’s safe to use for baby, yet again not need removed before feeding, which is how it should be.

This cream is a very thick consistency, which can make it difficult to get from the tube. It’s best kept in a warm environment for immediate use. The cream does work immediately to provide you with instant relief to soreness. As it’s so thick, it can be used for other common dry skin problems, for both you and baby.

Our top tip would be to use with breast pads as it’s a yellow colour which can stain your clothing. If you’re a fan of Medela, snap it up for around £7, which is cheaper than its main rival, Lansinoh.

4. Green People Rescue Balm

This scent-free rescue balm is perfect if you have sensitive skin or allergies including eczema and psoriasis. Containing all the goodness of Organic Calendula, Vitamin E, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Sunflower, Sweet Almond and Hemp Seed Oil. It’s free of Parabens, Lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals, and colourants, so you don’t need to worry about baby eating nasty chemicals.

The ingredients are well known for their soothing properties and can be doubled up as a dry skin moisturiser for you or baby. Its a safe, safe alternative to topical steroids for eczema flare-ups in young babies. In pregnancy, you can use it as a moisturiser to prepare your perineum for birth. If you prefer eco-friendly products, all the ingredients have been certified by the soil association. This balm is suitable for vegetarians, but not vegan-friendly as it contains beeswax.

5. Philips AVENT Moisturising Nipple Cream

A very moisturising and budget-friendly option is Avent’s nipple moisturising cream. This cream is made from medical grade lanolin (medilan), aloe vera and coconut oil. It does not need to be removed before feeding your baby.

The cream is also hypo-allergenic and contains no added colouring, preservative or perfume. Due to the medical grade lanolin, some mums find this cream a lot more moisturising than the lansinoh cream and better value for money. The only downside is that it has a very strong scent, which may be off-putting or irritating.

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