Breastfeeding is an ideal way to nourish and bond with your baby. However, nursing usually comes with the discomfort of sore, cracked, and sometimes bleeding nipples. Nipple creams or balms are an ideal way to soothe and combat these discomforts. After hours of research and getting input from current nursing moms, I have compiled a list of the top ten nipple creams for breastfeeding mothers to try in 2018.
|Product||Why It Is Best||Mom Rating|
|Motherlove Nipple Cream||100% Organic; Satisfaction Guarantee||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Earth Momma Organic Nipple Butter||100% Organic; Non-GMO Project Verified||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Cream||Most Recommended by Lactation Consultants and Doctors||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Bamboobies Boob Ease Organic Nipple Balm||100% Organic||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Bella B Nipple Nurture Butter||Food Grade Ingredients; 100% Safe||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Medela Tender Care Lanolin||100% Safe; Mess Free||♥♥♥♥♥|
|The Honest Co. Organic Nipple Balm||No Harmful Ingredients; Doubles as a Pumping Lubricant||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Mama Mio Keep Calm Nipple Balm||No Harmful Ingredients||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Nursing Cream||Less Expensive Option||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Milkies Nipple Nurture Balm||Organic||♥♥♥♥♥|
Motherlove Nipple CreamMotherlove Nipple Cream is a 100% certified USDA organic and certified cruelty-free herbal salve that provides soothing relief to sore, cracked nursing nipples. It is made up of only extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, marshmallow root, and calendula flower. These ingredients are safe for ingestion and safe for baby, so there is no need to wash your breasts prior to feeding time. Moms rave about the texture of this cream. They love its jelly-like consistency, as opposed to the stiff, pasty texture of other products.
This cream can also be used as a diaper rash ointment, lip balm, and to soothe cuts and scrapes. A full refund is offered if you are not satisfied with your purchase.
Earth Mama Organic Nipple ButterEarth Mama Organic Nipple Butter is the first lanolin free, Non-GMO Project Verified nipple cream. Because it is made with 100% organic ingredients that are safe for ingestion and safe for your baby, you do not have to worry about washing your nipples before nursing. Moms love this cream for its quick ability to heal even the sorest nipples. However, some did not care for its texture. This nipple butter has a grainy consistency and requires some work to get completely rubbed into the skin.
Alternatively, this nipple butter can also be used for chapped lips, cheeks, dry heels, rough elbows, and is excellent as a breast pump lubricant, as well.
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Cream
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Cream is the #1 recommended nipple cream by lactation consultants and doctors in the US. This cream is hypoallergenic, 100% natural, and contains no additives, preservatives, or parabens. Lansinoh’s proprietary filtration process gently removes impurities, detergents, and trace pesticides to leave a pure, safe 100% lanolin. Despite being one of the best breastfeeding creams on the market, some moms reported that it had a thick, sticky texture, and was sometimes hard to squeeze out of the tube. A few mothers also claimed that it left a greasy residue on their clothing that didn’t wash out.
This nipple cream goes beyond breastfeeding. It can also be used for chapped lips, dry cuticles, and cracked heels. Some even use it as a brow balm!
Bamboobies Boob-Ease Organic Nipple BalmBamboobies Boob-Ease Organic Nipple Balm is made of 100% USDA certified organic ingredients to help keep nipples feeling soft, supple, and healthy. It will help prevent or heal cracking and pain caused by breastfeeding. Because it contains no lanolin or vitamin E, it is safe for ingestion and safe for your baby. This means there is no need to wash your breasts prior to nursing. Moms love this nipple balm because it has a thin consistency and is easy to rub into the skin.
Bella B Nipple Nurture Butter
Free of petroleum, lanolin, and parabens, Bella B Nipple Nurture Butter uses plant based ingredients that are food-grade and 100% safe for mom and baby. This means there is no need to wash your breasts prior to nursing. Moms with extremely cracked nipples loved this balm because it was thick, melted quickly, and stayed in place. Due to its thick consistency, most moms suggested using this cream in conjunction with nursing pads because it left greasy-looking stains on their clothing.
This nipple butter is also useful and effective for diaper rashes, skin irritations, and drool rashes.
Medela Tender Care Lanolin
Noted as a leader in breastfeeding supplies (you can’t beat a Medela double electric breast pump– they’re the best!), Medela’s nipple cream is no exception to their excellent reputation. Medela Tender Care Lanolin offers soothing relief and provides protection to the sorest of nipples. It is 100% safe for mom and baby, so there is no need to remove before breastfeeding. Mothers who use this nipple cream love its silky texture. They say it glides smoothly onto the skin and is mess free.
This product is also great for chapped lips!
The Honest Co. Organic Nipple Balm
Made with only certified organic ingredients, The Honest Co. Organic Nipple Balm helps relieve irritation and helps revitalize sensitive, sore or chapped nursing nipples. There is no need to wipe this nipple balm off before nursing. It contains no mineral oil, parabens, synthetic fragrances, or lanolin. Moms love this product for its thin, silky texture. However, some moms find the combination of the very thin consistency and jar application a bit messy.
Mothers who were exclusively pumping raved about this nipple balm because it doubles as a pumping lubricant.
Mama Mio Keep Calm Nipple BalmMama Mio Keep Calm Nipple Balm is the perfect blend of medical grade lanolin, organic coconut and olive oils, organic shea butter and calendula to relieve and soothe sore nipples. Moms love this balm because it glides on easily and has a silky texture. However, mothers with severely cracked nipples did not feel this product offered enough protection.
If skincare safety is your concern, you are in safe hands with Mama Mio and their No Nasties policy. Their products are always free from parabens, petrolatum, colorants, xenoestrogens, PEGs and phthalates. There is no need to wipe this balm off before breastfeeding.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Nursing Cream
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Nursing Cream is an easy to apply a combination of pure cocoa butter and Pro Vitamin B5. Its soothing, emollient base helps relieve sore, cracked nipples associated with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding moms say this less expensive option has a lighter texture and smells better than most similar products. On the other hand, this nursing cream is not certified organic and has a tendency to stain clothing.
Milkies Nipple Nurture Balm
Milkies Nipple Nurture Balm relieves and heals cracked, sore nipples. It is completely organic and free of lanolin, harsh chemicals, and additives. This means there is no need to cleanse your nipples prior to nursing your baby. Moms love this product for its ability to heal. However, some noted it a having a messy consistency and odd smell.
This nipple balm is made in the USA and can also be used for dry, irritated skin and chapped lips.
Guide to Selecting a Nipple Cream
According to NHS, sore or painful nipples are one of the main reasons women give up breastfeeding. But with the right help and support, this problem can often be sorted out. Sore nipples are most common about three to seven days into breastfeeding. It usually happens because your baby isn’t positioned and attached effectively at the breast.
If you find one or both nipples hurt at every feed or your nipples start to crack or bleed, it’s important to get help from a breastfeeding specialist as soon as you can. They can watch as you feed your baby, and help you get her correctly positioned and attached to the breast.
Having sore, cracked, or bleeding nipples when you’re trying to breastfeed a new baby can be stressful and upsetting. Choosing a quality nipple cream can help alleviate some of the discomfort. Below are three things to keep in mind when choosing a nipple cream.
- Make certain that the ingredients in your chosen nipple cream are safe for both you and your baby. It is best to choose a cream that is listed as organic and/or natural.
- Thicker textured creams are best for severely cracked or bloody nipples because they provide greater protection and moisturization. Thinner creams are better for mild to moderate nipple discomfort, as well as for those who do not want to wear nursing pads.
- Nipple creams come in both jars and tubes. Choose the option that will work best with your lifestyle.
FAQ’s about Nipple Creams
Lately, lanolin has received a lot of negative attention. Is it safe for my baby?
- Many older generations mothers use lanolin cream but it can contain a heavy load of pesticides. The lanolin options listed above have been refined to remove all unsafe and allergenic components.
What should I do if I run out of nipple cream or forget it when I leave the house?
- If you’re in a pinch, organic coconut oil and breast milk both work wonders for dry, cracked nipples.
Do I have to remove the nipple cream before breastfeeding?
- Please check the manufacturer’s instruction. Many of the options listed above are 100% organic and safe for ingestion and your baby. Therefore, there is no need to wipe them off prior to breastfeeding.
Are there any home remedies for dry, cracked nipples that I should avoid?
- Healthline cautions against using wet tea bags for dry, cracked nipples. This is a popular remedy in many locations around the world. While they’re inexpensive, the tannic acid from the tea can have an astringent effect on the nipple. This can dry out the nipple or even cause cracking. If the moist warmth is appealing, stick with a plain water compress.
We are so proud of you for choosing to breastfeed your baby. Using a nipple cream or balm for sore, cracked nipples can help alleviate some of the breastfeeding discomfort so you can better connect with your baby. For more information on breastfeeding, see 141 Reasons to Breastfeed that Moms Should Carefully Consider. Keep up the good work, Momma. You’re doing a good thing!