When I was learning about breastfeeding while pregnant, I mostly read that breastfeeding hurts a little, but you get past it. And I read over and over again that if it hurts, you are doing it wrong. These breastfeeding tips were really counter-productive, I realize in hindsight.
Can I please let you know that this advice is ridiculous? Breastfeeding DOES hurt. And yes, you might be doing it wrong and should explore any and all possibilities for remedies when you are in pain, as breastfeeding is also not as intuitive as many people would have you believe. But please do not beat yourself up if you are in pain. Get some help and fast! Today I want to talk about one product that helped me a great deal.
Breastfeeding Nipple Cream I Use
The breastfeeding nipple cream put out by Motherlove was recommended to me by two moms: my best friend and my sister-in-law. They both said that they found this cream to be superior to the lanolin creams that are found in the majority of stores. I received a jar of Mother Love Nipple Cream at my baby shower, and I took it with me to the hospital so that I could start using it as soon as breastfeeding commenced. While this good nipple cream is designed for sore, cracked nipples, I began using it even before the soreness began. While I can’t scientifically prove it, I believe that using this product from the start kept my nipples from getting as sore and cracked as they could have been (though they definitely got sore, and I experienced one crack, I believe). I had a sample of Lansinoh’s lanolin that I also tried out, and I found it to be much stickier than Motherlove’s product.
I also thought Motherlove’s cream smelled much nicer! From Motherlove’s website, you can read about two other great benefits to this product. It reads, “Does not contain lanolin which contains several pesticides; or Vitamin E which should not be ingested by infants. According to the Skin Deep toxicology database, Vitamin E is considered a health concern by the American Hospital Formulary Service because it can cause liver dysfunction and is “potentially fatal” to low birth weight babies.”
I highly recommend this product by Motherlove. It’s a really good nipple cream that helped me get through the toughest part of breastfeeding for me (the beginning!) and it was 100% safe for my baby.
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