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Best Nipple Creams for Breastfeeding 2020

For breastfeeding mums, as much as the benefits your little one can get from your breast milk and the bonding between both of you, it is not a walk in the park. Mummies have to put up with dry, cracked, sore or bleeding nipples while breastfeeding.

Nipple cream aims to provide quick relief from painful breastfeeding. Below are some of the most popular nipple creams, which I have tried myself and will share my review as well.

Medela Purelan Nipple Cream

Medela Purelan Nipple Cream contains 100% pure lanolin (wool wax) without any artificial additives or preservatives, making it 100% safe for both mummy and baby.

What I like:

  • Small size thus it is extremely easy to carry around, like slipping it into my handbag
  • The consistency is just right, making it pretty easy to apply without any mess
  • In terms of effectiveness, it soothes and provide quick relief which really helps a lot. However, I feel that it is not that effective in keeping my nipples moisturized and healing them

What didn’t work:

  • As mentioned, it is more of a quick fix but doesn’t really help in terms of healing
  • For such a small size, 10 bucks is pretty expensive

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream

Similarly, Lansinoh nipple cream is designed to be a 100% natural, single-ingredient product, which means it’s safe for both mom and baby and contains no additives or preservatives. I have read a lot of raving reviews and this is the #1 recommended nipple cream by lactation consultants and doctors in the US.

What I like:

  • The 100% natural and single ingredient is always a big welcome. Lansinoh is also hypoallergenic
  • It is almost scentless, which is good for my baby
  • In terms of effectiveness, it also provide pretty fast relief

What didn’t work:

  • The consistency is thicker than Medela, you sort of have to “warm and melt” it with your fingers. Thus, application is not that straight forward
  • It is slightly greasy
  • Similar to Medela, it did not help in healing my sore and cracked nipples but more of short term relief during application

Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter

Earth Mama is 100% USDA Certified Organic, made with ethically sourced organic beeswax that is lanolin-free – wow!

What I like:

  • It is also safe to be ingested by baby
  • It is more like a balm as compared to lanolin and is totally non sticky
  • This is really effective as it absorbs very well and keeps my chapped nipples moisturized for a much longer time. One of my nipples also started healing after 2-3 days

What didn’t work

  • Though not as thick as Lansinoh or Medela, it has a grainy texture which I didn’t like the texture
  • There is a mild smell which some mummies said is pleasant but its not for me

Philips AVENT Moisturising Nipple Cream

This took me by surprise as honestly, I am not a big fan of Philips Avent based on my experience with their milk bottles but wow this is the clear winner for me. It contains coconut oil and aloe vera and contains Medilan™, an ultra pure grade of lanolin which penetrates the skin’s outer layers to improve moisture levels and ensure suppleness.

What I like:

  • It is easy to apply in terms of its consistency
  • Moisturizes very well and provides fast relief
  • Reasonably priced
  • Most importantly for me, it is its effectiveness. As mentioned, I’m not looking for just a short term relief but something that can help me heal as well. This literally heals my nipples overnight!

What didn’t work:

  • None – I’m just blown away by how quick and effective it is for me that I’m willing to overlook its shortcoming, if any. For mummies who suffers from dry and cracked nipples, you will know how agonizing it is that while you are trying to heal, you have to latch your baby as well – thus there is little rest time for your nipples to heal properly

Which nipple cream works for you? Share your experience with us and our mummies.

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