Product Type: Lansinoh kids equipment
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A breastfeeding miracle cream
Member Name: jillycat
Advantages: Soothes and heals sore nipples fast
Disadvantages: Expensive thick texture
One of the difficulties that you can often have when breastfeeding is sore or cracked nipples and this is often a reason people give up. However there is a miracle product out there called Lansinoh Lanolin cream and I can't recommend it enough. It is a frequent winner of various awards from many Mother and baby magazines and websites and having used it myself I can see why.
It comes in a small 56gram tube that has a flip top lid that is nice and easy to use with just one hand. Packaging wise the purple tube and box are nice and easy to spot on the shelves of your local supermarket or chemist.
Unlike a lot of similar products on the market this Lanolin cream is 100 % pure meaning it doesn't needed to be removed before feeding your baby, which when I tried the Boots own version needed to be done and I found a bit awkward so this was a huge selling point for this cream for me. The other thing about the cream is that it has no smell or taste and contains no preservatives or any additives' at all. This for me was another huge selling point as it meant that I wasn't exposing my son's to any nasty chemicals. Equally with there being no real smell to the product my son's have both still just being able to smell mummy so this has caused no refusals at the breast when I have had this cream on.
Lanolin for those of you unaware is taken from sheep's fleece. It works on a principle of moist wound healing which is about retaining the moisture already present in areolar skin which then helps the skin heal back to its normal healthy state. It does this without the formation of a scab or crust making it easier to keep going with the breast feeding and no nasty scab for either you or baby to cope with during a feed.
To apply you need to take a small pea size amount from the tube. As the cream is very thick this can be a bit tricky to get out, but following a tip from a friend if you keep it in the airing cupboard it is softer so easier to get out and you then don't need to soften it between your fingers. If you are out and about with it or don't have an airing cupboard it is a matter of a few seconds to warm and soften the cream between your fingers tips and then apply it to the nipple area. It does leave a clear film across your nipple which can cause some staining if you are not wearing a breast pad too. On applying it does I find start to sooth my nipples fairly quickly which is a huge bonus as it gives me instant relief from the pain. When I have applied the cream I often put a small amount on my breast pad too as I found at times without doing this it can result in a breast pad sticking to me which can then cause further pain. I tend to find the healing process is fairly quick with the cream and depending on the crack it can be as soon as 36 hours to the being fully healed. As the cream is very sticky I have noticed if I have it on when going straight to a feed it can result in my son having some on his face but this doesn't cause any reaction to his skin and this seems to justify its hypoallergenic status.
Overall and recommendation
I would definitely recommend this cream to any mum experiencing any breastfeeding pain or cracked nipples it soothes the area very quickly and helps healing very swiftly meaning it is easier to keep going with the breastfeeding. At around £10-11 it is not cheap but one tube I find lasts months. The cream is also very good for nappy rash I have found and for cracked cuticles meaning that when you come to the end of breastfeeding if you have some left you can find other uses for it so it won't be wasted. A full 5 stars as it is such an essential for breastfeeding as the thick texture for me is not sufficient a problem to take a star off.
Summary: A miracle cream to help sore nipples and cracks when breastfeeding a baby essential
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