It’s a fact that breastfeeding is a precious and essential bonding time for both mum and baby. It’s also true that one of the most challenging parts of breastfeeding is nipple pain.
According to the NHS, it’s actually one of the main reasons women switch to bottle feeding.
The best way to soothe both sore nipples and frayed nerves is a nipple cream made especially for breastfeeding mums. Nipple cream can help to stop the pain and prevent any dryness, itchiness, cracked nipples, and even bleeding caused by breastfeeding. Most of these creams are based on lanolin, an oily substance from sheep's wool, but there are also plant-based creams for those avoiding animal products.
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Here are the best nipple creams currently on the market, so you’ll know exactly which one you can count on for some sweet relief.
Lansinoh Breastfeeding Salve is just 100% pure lanolin with no other ingredients and doesn’t have to be removed before breastfeeding. It has the texture of a very thick lotion.
Read a full review of Lansinoh Breastfeeding Salve
Like Lansinoh Breastfeeding Salve, this is thick enough to soothe and protect even the most cracked and sore nipples. It doesn’t need to be removed before breastfeeding.
This product contains all-natural ingredients and doesn’t need to be removed before breastfeeding. The formula contains not only lanolin but also caprylic/capric triglycerides, and oat beta glucan which make it a little thinner and not so “gloopy”. The downside is that it can leave an oily residue on clothes.
Weleda is a much-loved brand because of its use of natural ingredients. Weleda Nipple Balm is made with organic calendula, nourishing plant oils, and protective waxes. As one of the best nipple creams, it is very easy to apply and doesn’t need to be removed before feeding.
From this brand, you can also find a Nursing Oil, which can be used for regular breast massage.
Read our full review of the Weleda Nipple balm
No Harm Nipple Balm from My Expert Midwife comes with two significant advantages: an airless pump ensuring excellent hygiene and using less of the product, as you only need to pump twice to get all the quantity you need.
Read our review of No Harm Nipple Balm here
This product is multi-award winning and famous for its long-lasting moisture and glossy effect. Made with 100% Pure Medical Grade Lanolin, you can use it not only during breastfeeding but also for almost anything you want to keep moisturized.
This cream is lanolin-free and contains all-natural ingredients like calendula flower extract and olive oil. This nipple butter is impressively versatile as you can use it not only for soothing boobs but also for dry heels, cradle cap, and chapped lips.
Bloom and Blossom Nip & Lip soothing balm is a 100% natural product initially created to heal and protect sore nipples.
Multi-Mam Balm does not have to be removed before breastfeeding and protects the nipple before and during. It’s based on a selection of vegetable oils. This product also comes as in the form of a compress if you are looking for additional relief.
Motherlove Nipple Cream only uses certified organic ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, marshmallow root, and calendula flower. Because of this, it's safe for your baby to ingest, so you don't need to clean your nipples before breastfeeding after application. You can also use it as a nappy rash cream.
Green People Organic is well known due to using organic ingredients. In this rescue balm, you can find organic calendula and vitamin E to soothe sore, cracked nipples before and after breastfeeding. Other ingredients are organic shea butter, organic sunflower, sweet almond, and hemp seed oil.
Green People also make a Soothing Nipple Balm, which is scent-free and suitable for use before, during, and after breastfeeding. It’s also lanolin-free and ideal for ultra-sensitive skin.
Read our review of Green People Organic Babies Mum & Baby Rescue Balm
Philips Avent Moisturising Nipple Cream is safe for your baby and promises to moisturise and soften your skin. This product is made from aloe vera and medical-grade lanolin.
My Little Star New Mum Nipple Cream is perfect if you are on a limited budget. This product has lots of good reviews, it’s dermatologically tested, and paediatrician approved. What's more, it's less than a pound!