Nipple pain?

Nipple pain?

Sore nipples from breastfeeding?

Cracked and bleeding?

Nipple pain and damage are commonly experienced by breastfeeding women and are associated with adverse breastfeeding outcomes.

There are specialised health professionals to help you, as pain often indicates something is not quite right with the baby's latch, especially if the issue continues.

In the meantime, some topically applied ointments can help.

Traditionally lanolin has been used during breastfeeding and is still heavily marketed today.

Lanolin is a yellow fat obtained from sheep wool - not great if you are a vegan or allergic. Another safety consideration is the pesticide and detergent residues that can linger if the lanolin is not processed correctly. Due to the results of some studies, breastmilk is often recommended over lanolin as it is more effective at healing and more readily available without side effects (Mohammadzadeh et al., 2005). Other studies (Jackson & Dennis, 2017) have found lanolin ineffective in reducing nipple pain or improving breastfeeding outcomes. Others have found no significant difference between lanolin and no treatment (Oliveira et al., 2021).

Other topical treatments include beeswax, a known source of botulism risk in children under 1.

The solution? Our Nipple Nectar product steers clear of animal derivatives to remove possible risks, contaminants and allergy factors. We have combined food-grade ingredients - plant wax butters and oils to provide emollience with a herbal infusion in organic extra virgin olive oil. This infusion is packed full of marshmallow root, chamomile flower and calendula flower, all well-known for their healing, germ-fighting and anti-inflammatory medicinal properties and have been used for centuries. The slurry is left for over a month to infuse and then strained of all solid matter. The remaining oil is included in the final product. Good things take time right?

If you intend on breastfeeding, our Nipple Nectar is a must-have in your hospital bag arsenal. Even if you don't plan on breastfeeding after birth, applying Nipple Nectar can help with the high sensitivity commonly experienced post-partum to add a little protection.

If you have some balm left over, it also makes a handy lip balm in a pinch!

References:
Jackson. K & Dennis, C. (2017) Lanolin for the treatment of nipple pain in breastfeeding women: a randomised controlled trial. Matern Child Nutr. 2017 Jul;13(3):e12357.

Mohammadzadeh A., Farhat A., Esmaeily H. (2005) The effect of breast milk and lanolin on sore nipples. Saudi Med J. 2005 Aug;26(8):1231-4.

Oliveira F.S., Vieira F., Guimarães J.V, Del'Angelo Aredes N., 1, Campbell S.H. (2021) Lanolin and prenatal health education for prevention of nipple pain and trauma: Randomised clinical trial. Enferm Clin (Engl Ed). 2021 Mar-Apr;31(2):82-90).