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Best Nipple Creams
Updated on
January 4, 2024

Best Nipple Creams

By Babylist Team
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A soothing nipple cream provides much-needed relief before, during and after feedings.Best Nipple Creams

As natural as breastfeeding is, it doesn’t always feel natural—especially at the beginning when your nipples are dry, cracked, chapped, itchy or even bleeding.

The adjustment period can be tough and painful as you and your little one get the hang of latching and proper positioning. A soothing nipple cream eases the learning curve and provides much-needed relief before, during and after feedings.

Tip: You don’t have to go it alone! If your pain is ongoing and causing breastfeeding challenges, call a lactation consultant for guidance and support.

How to Choose a Nipple Cream

There are lots of choices when it comes to nipple creams. Consider these factors when determining which one to buy:

Ingredients: Any product you put on your nipples will be ingested in small amounts by your nursing baby. Make sure the label says it is safe to use before a feeding and does not need to be washed off. Many creams and salves contain organic and plant-based ingredients, which give new parents peace of mind knowing it’s all natural.

You might have heard of lanolin, a waxy substance found in sheep’s wool, which has been a go-to nipple treatment for decades. Many people swear by it, while others steer clear due to concerns about it being derived from animals and/or about the pesticides being used in the process of obtaining the lanolin from the wool. Look for lanolin that’s pure-grade, hypoallergenic and free of additives, preservatives and pesticides.

Consistency: The last thing you need is more discomfort, so you’ll want a product that glides on easily, Thick, sticky creams can be tough to apply, and some may rub off on your nursing bra and leave a greasy mark. Using breast pads can help prevent staining. And if you’re applying it before a feeding, a gooey consistency may distract your hungry kiddo.

Smell and taste: Depending on the ingredients, the cream or balm may have a slight scent or taste. Usually this isn’t bothersome to babies, but you’ll definitely notice if your little one isn’t a fan.

These are our favorite nipple creams.

Lanolin Lifesaver

This popular purple tube is a breastfeeding mom staple (you’ll probably get a sample in the hospital when you deliver). Lansinoh uses a special refining process to create 100%-natural Lanolin that’s hypoallergenic, colorless, odorless and free of parabens and additives. It’s safe for both mom and baby—since it’s tasteless, it won’t deter your little one from a feeding session. Lansinoh Lanolin also works wonders on dry lips, cuticles, heels and elbows. Some moms find it too sticky and hard to spread on especially tender breasts. But the thick consistency also makes this a perfect ointment to smear inside the flanges of your pump to soften the suction when you’re pumping.

Herbal Healer

This herbal nipple cream is made with cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter and calendula. The smooth consistency makes it easy to apply, and countless moms swear it made their adjustment to nursing way better than expected. It smells great, and there’s no need to wipe it off before breastfeeding since it’s all natural and non-GMO Project Verified. Beyond your boobs, this awesome multi-purpose product can be used as a lip balm, diaper cream and dry skin moisturizer.

There’s a also a vegan version.

Moisturizing Must-Have

Whether you want to prevent soreness or heal sensitive, cracked skin fast, Honest Nipple Balm gets both jobs done. Shea butter and coconut oil combine to deliver moisture when you need it most, keeping your nipple area soft and hydrated. This hypoallergenic, unscented nipple balm is made with USDA-certified organic ingredients, so it’s safe to use while nursing. Some women may experience dry, itchy nipples during pregnancy, so this is a great choice for comfort even before baby arrives.

Organic Remedy

Extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, marshmallow root and calendula are the key ingredients in this soothing organic balm. The non-greasy, non-sticky formula glides on easily to soften and soothe tender skin instantly. And cue the sigh of relief… Bamboobies is also known for their washable nursing pads made with soft bamboo rayon velour. Pair them with this nipple cream for even more comfort (and no sign of leakage!).

Double Duty Protection

Bodily takes a twofold approach to nipple care while you’re breastfeeding or pumping: the Nip Duo. This organic, all-natural system features two steps, one for hydration and one for protection. The Nourish balm increases skin elasticity and provides soothing moisture, while Protect locks everything in with a non-lanolin (translation: not sticky) balm that sets up a protective barrier for chapped, sore or wounded skin. Don’t miss Bodily’s other postpartum care products while you’re shopping, too.

Plant-Based Protection

Natural, plant-based ingredients like marshmallow, calendula and shea butter helps soothe sore nipples and prevent cracking—and it’s lanolin free and certified organic and cruelty free. While it’s not as thick as some other creams, it allows for a smooth application.

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