The Best Nipple Creams for Breastfeeding

1 Weleda Nipple Cream Check it out
2 Medela Nipple Cream Check it out
3 Lansinoh Nipple Cream Check it out
4 No Harm Nipple Balm Check it out
5 Avent Nipple Cream Check it out

A good nipple cream can mean the difference between happy, contented feeds and crying with pain every time your baby latches on. So, treat yourself to the best natural nipple cream available with the help of this nifty shopping guide.

The best nipple cream UK retailers sell

This illustrious list of both standard and organic nipple cream has been collated by women who understand the pain of sore and cracked nipples. Nipple cream reviews from delighted ladies and our own personal experiences have informed the decision of which products to include. 

Weleda Nipple Cream

We love this beautifully soothing breast-feeding cream as it is full of natural ingredients that moisturise and protect this sensitive area of the body. It was developed by members of the midwifery community so there’s lots of knowledge here. 

A nipple cream, lanolin free but full of organic calendula, the wonder ingredient that makes Weleda nipple balm so effective. This moisturiser can be used as often as you need and, even better, the cream doesn’t need to be removed prior to putting your baby to the breast.

Medela Nipple Cream

Medela breastfeeding cream for sore nipples is a lanolin product that provides super quick relief from pain and lasting protection against further damage. 

A small amount of this balm is enough to have wonderful effects and, as it’s hypoallergenic, doesn’t need to be wiped off before a feed.

This particular size of the cream is perfect for on-the-go treatment as it will easily tuck into your handbag or nappy bag. 

We adore the effects it has on the rest of the body too, from repairing dry patches to adding gloss to lips. Fab!

Lansinoh Nipple Cream

One of the most popular types of nipple cream Boots sell, Lansinoh HPA Lanolin cream has fantastic reviews! Lansinoh cream is formulated from one ingredient, 100% naturally derived lanolin and is the only such product to be awarded the Seal of Approval from The British Allergy Foundation. 

There is no aroma or taste to be found from Lansinoh breast cream which means that your hungry baby won’t be distracted from a good feed. Lansinoh lanolin nipple cream is packed with soothing power and has been helping distressed mums for 35 years. 

No Harm Nipple Balm

One of the most popular types of nipple cream Boots sell, Lansinoh HPA Lanolin cream has fantastic reviews! Lansinoh cream is formulated from one ingredient, 100% naturally derived lanolin and is the only such product to be awarded the Seal of Approval from The British Allergy Foundation. 

There is no aroma or taste to be found from Lansinoh breast cream which means that your hungry baby won’t be distracted from a good feed. Lansinoh lanolin nipple cream is packed with soothing power and has been helping distressed mums for 35 years.

Avent Nipple Cream

Avent is a brand that has been trusted by parents for many years and this moisturising breast-feeding cream is one of their best sellers. 

Medilan, the purest grade of lanolin UK manufacturers use, is a powerful source of softening on even the most sensitive of skins, Coconut oil and aloe vera are added to hydrate and heal red and sore skin. 

Colouring, perfume and preservative are left out of the gentle mix of ingredients in Avent’s moisturising breastfeeding nipple cream, so that you can feed your little one with minutes of applying.

How to choose the best nipple cream for you

The best nipple cream for breastfeeding UK mums is very dependent on the lady in question. Here’s a quick guide on how to choose the cracked nipple cream that will change your life!

Lanolin free nipple cream

  • A lanolin free cream for breastfeeding is the choice of women for a number of reasons. 
  • Living a vegan lifestyle – lanolin comes from the wool of sheep.
  • Avoiding anything that could be considered a toxin – the wool is soaked in pesticides to kill parasites. 
  • Sensitive skin – women who have allergies can have reactions to lanolin. 
  • Organic cracked nipple cream will always be lanolin free. 

Lanolin nipple cream 

  • Lanolin breast cream is protective as it creates a barrier against anything that will irritate the skin. 
  • The nipple cream Lansinoh and other quality brands sell is safe for use by the majority of people but do a patch test first. 
  • Lanolin nipple creams tend to be good value and are easy to find. 
  • Can be used as very effective prevention of nappy rash too. 

Texture 

  • A lanolin cream for sore nipples will be thicker than a nipple balm and can be difficult to spread.
  • The thick texture of the lanolin cream UK shops sell is great for giving your cracked nipples protection throughout the day. 
  • Lanolin cream that is mixed with other natural ingredients is often easier to smooth on. 
  • Non-lanolin balms and butters will be lighter and may need reapplying more often. 

Product size 

  • We would recommend investing in a small tube for your handbag and a bigger pot for the bathroom. 
  • Lanolin creams will last longer as multiple applications aren’t needed. 

The effect of nipple cream for breastfeeding on your baby 

  • Most nipple creams are designed to be used without the need to wipe them off before feeding. 
  • Choose a lotion that has minimal smell or colour so that it doesn’t discourage your baby from latching on and drinking until their tiny belly is full. 
  • Choose a brand that only contains natural ingredients that you recognise such as coconut, lanolin or botanical extracts 
  • Discontinue use if your baby reacts badly in any way to the cream, their skin may be sensitive to it or they may dislike the smell. 

More great ways to protect and soothe your nipples

Skin friendly feeding

  • Not every mum will need sore nipple cream. Why? Nursing a baby who masters the art of feeding early on will be much easier on your nipples and the long term effects will be diminished. 
  • Make sure your alternate which breast you feed from. 
  • Once your son or daughter has teeth they may bite! Calmly remove your breast and begin again in a few minutes. 
  • Treat skin soreness as soon as it appears. Prevention is a million times better than feeding with already painful nipples. 

Breast pads 

  • These small pads of softness will sit inside your bra and help with chafing and the soaking up of any leaks. 
  • As soon as a pad becomes wet remove it as the moisture will further irritate your skin. 
  • Choose a brand that has sticky tapes on the back so they don’t travel around your bra!
  • You can buy both disposable and washable pads. 

Nipple trainers for flat or inverted nipples 

  • If your baby finds it difficult to feed due to the shape of your nipples they will fuss and faff at each feed and that will cause soreness. 
  • Nipple trainers (try the Medela website) can help. Ideally you should start to use them from around week 32 of your pregnancy and they can be used throughout breast-feeding. 

Wearing soft and comfortable nursing bras and tops

As a new mummy you are entitled to wear only soft, loose and deliciously comfy clothes! When your boobs and nipples are sore you wince away from everything that touches them so invest in the following:

  • 100% nursing bra that fits well and has room for a breast pad or cooling device.
  • Breast-feeding tops that are easy access and will minimise unnecessary faff at the nipple.
  • Sleepwear that won’t move around and chafe as you sleep. 

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