As part of the World Breastfeeding Week, I've decided to give a review on the nipple cream's I've tried.
I've had some troubles in the beginning with breastfeeding, and I've tried 3 different nipple creams to help with redness, soreness and cracked nipples.
First on the list is the very popular Lansinoh Lanolin
This nipple cream is not bad. Out of 5 stars, I'd rate it a 4. It helped soothe soreness but it took longer to help heal sore nipples than I would have liked. I also found it a bit too greasy for my liking. It is also very very thick and needs to be smoothed out or even melted before applying. If you are not sore, I'd recommend Lansinoh Lanolin after each pumping or breastfeeding session to prevent soreness. It is great for the prevention of sore, red nipples.
Next up...First Years Nipple Butter
The Nipple Butter was great for putting it on before entering the shower. For some reason, it made sensitivity less noticeable. I didn't find that this nipple cream helped to heal or soothe cracked, sore nipples though. It was sort of gritty which isn't the nicest feeling when you're sore to begin with. A bit too watery for my liking too. Be sure to shake it if you have this product as the ingredients will separate and you wont get all of the ingredients you need. I also think this nipple cream contributed to my sons chapped lips. I would not necessarily purchase this product again. I would rate it 1 out of 5 stars.
And last, but not least.. Medela's Lanolin
This is the best lanolin I have tried. I totally rate it a 5 out of 5 stars. It is smooth coming out, easy to apply and soothes so nicely. It works very fast. I can't give this nipple cream enough credit. I highly recommend this product. If you have sore, cracked nipples, get the Medela nipple cream for fast relief.
With all that said, if you have cracked sore nipples, finding the right nipple cream is not the only thing you should do. Be sure to try other things, and ensure that you have a proper latch. If you are having trouble latching your baby on correctly, see a local lactation consultant.