I had great difficulty in breastfeeding my daughter when she was younger but I tried hard not to give up too soon. My nipples really suffered and to be quite honest they haven’t been the same since!
I used Boots Expert Moisturising Nipple Cream and found that this worked really well for me. I first used this the day after my daughter was born and I was still on the hospital ward. I had bought it to take into hospital with me. As it had been recommended by a good friend of mine.
My nipples quickly became dry and very cracked and hard but as soon as I started to use this cream I found it really helped and eased the soreness and pain as the moisture was reintroduced to my nipples. My daughter liked to suckle even after she had drunk her fill, and I think this was the problem for me personally.
The cream contains aloe vera and vitamin E, which soothed and protected my nipples a lot.
The tube cost me just over £3 from Boots and although small it lasted a long time as only a small amount is required.
It contains glycerin and if I kept it cold in the fridge I always felt an immediate relief as soon as I had applied it. It has no smell at al and was absorbed quickly and didn’t feel oily at all.
Though I am past breastfeeding her now I still use this cream occasionally as my nipples can become dry and cracked and painful especially before menstruation and I still find this a very useful product to use even now.
I breastfed my son for six months and intend to do the same for my next baby. However, with the experience that I now have, I will know what I do and don't need to help me on my breastfeeding journey. One of the things that falls firmly in the do need camp is a good nipple cream. Although I was lucky with my son and didn't suffer too much with tenderness of soreness in that area or any cracking of the skin as other mums have, I felt that the use of a cream did help to keep me healthy in that area.
One of the creams that I tried was this moisturising nipple cream from Boots. In truth this was because this was the cheapest on the shelf when I came to buy it (currently £3.05 for a 100ml tube) but I also trust Boots as a brand of baby related products and have always found them to be of good quality. The cream comes in a squeezy tube - like a toothpaste tube - with a screw top that can be removed to squeeze the cream out.
The cream is enriched with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5 so is soothing and moisturising for your skin. It is also free from fragrance and peanut oil so you do not need to worry about feeding baby subsequent to using (although I would leave a decent length of time!). It is said to 'help soothe and protect nipples before and during breast feeding'. The cream is white in colour and thick in consistency but still a little watery so that it spreads easily on application. On my skin, it felt cooling and soothing and it did feel moisturising. As I said, I didn't suffer overly with sore nipples during breastfeeding but I do feel that this cream did play a part in that and helped to protect them. It was absorbed quickly into the skin and I felt comfortable feeding my son around 15 minutes after applying (although, interestingly, no guidance on the length of time you should wait is given on the tube). The fact it has no fragrance and contains no peanut oil is also reassuring for a new mum.
Overall, this is a decent cream and I would recommend it to any mum-to-be considering breast feeding or a feeding mum experiencing soreness in the nipple area. Even if you do not need it, it is worth having in as the price, £3.05, is not going to break the bank.
At the moment I am breastfeeding my two month old little boy. I won't get into a bottle/breast debate here but I am of the opinion that breast is best and I feel that I am giving him the best possible start in life and hopefully creating a really special bond between the two of us. I breastfed my little girl until she was seven months old and hope to do the same for my little boy too. I know I have been quite lucky in that he had no problems latching on and I have had no infections etc and so feeding has been a bit of a breeze for us. I know some women do not find it easy but I also think they give up too soon and switch to a bottle too quickly but like I've said I've had no pain so I cannot fully comment. I have however from time to time had a few days where my nipples have been very dry and for this I have a tube of Boots Expert Moisturising Nipple Cream.
I used this cream the first time around with my little girl and really liked it so bought a new tube this time around. It says on the back that you can start applying it in the last few weeks of pregnancy but I never needed to so I only started using it after my son was born.
This cream is described as a gentle moisturiser specially made for breastfeeding and enriched with aloe Vera, vitamin E, and pro-vitamin B5 to help soothe and protect nipples before and during breastfeeding.
This cream was especially helpful for me in the early days. When he was first born my nipples wee not used to a little person sucking on them for hours at a time and so they got a bit cracked and dry. After he finished feeding I would always rub some on and it was nice instant relief.
I found I only needed a little bit of cream as a little goes a long way and it really smoothed over my breasts well. The cream has a really nice cooling effect when it first goes on and sometimes if you feel like you've got sore breasts this goes away quite quickly too. The cream is quite thick and the second ingredient is glycerin which is a really nice product in cream as I find it coats the skin and gives it a nice slick feel without being oily and greasy. The lotion will stay on my nipples and not come off immediately which is great. The cream seemed to close up any cracks immediately and also take the dryness away so I have been really pleased with the results I have achieved with this cream.
The cream is white but rubs on clear. It doesn't have a fragrance which is great because in those early days I think it's so important for your baby to get to know your smell and not smells of perfumes or lotions. The cream is also safe to use before or after breastfeeding as it has no taste but I always used to apply it after I had finished so it had a few hours to work it's magic. The lotion also does not contain any peanut oil which is great if you have a child who has any allergies to nut products.
I used to use this after every feed but it works so well that I really only apply it once a week now just to keep my nipples nice and soft. A 100ml tube cost me £3.05 and is something I definitely recommend.