I could honestly write a book on the need for some type of nipple cream while pregnant! Before I even found out I was pregnant I noticed that my breast were growing and becoming more irritated and itchy. Once the pregnancy was confirmed my breast continued to grow at an alarmingly fast rate. The fast rate at which my breast grew only amplified the amount of itching and irritation I felt. I can distinctly remember one morning in my first trimester going to my mom and crying like a baby. It was one of those cries that comes from the soul, with snot dripping out my nose (come on now you know what I’m talking about). I was in so much pain my breast were bleeding, yes bleeding! They hurt so bad I just wanted to rip them off my chest. Needless to say Ma Dukes was not for the drama (or snot). So I called Chris (baby daddy) and told him about it. After a quick google search he told me to try Lansinoh, which is 100% Lanolin. I would say Lanolin is the consistency of Vaseline, but is obviously better for you than rubbing petroleum jelly on your breast. Lansinoh provided temporary relief but it wasn’t quite doing the job. One thing I will say is that it worked better than the all-natural coconut oil and shea butter I was trying previously. Ladies please note that Lansinoh will ruin your clothes by giving them grease stains.
Here’s What Really Worked
Moisturize your breast prior to showering. I had to slather my breast with lanolin prior to showering. I tried other things like all natural olive oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and shea butter, but the consistency of the lanolin worked best. The Mama Mia Keep Calm Nipple Balm works as well.
Stop taking hot showers! This one is kind of a no brainer, but it took me a while to realized that my hot showers were drying out my breast. Hot water dries out and further irritates dry skin (duh).
Use sensitive skin soap. I noticed that my breast were the most irritated after I showered, so I figured my soap had something to do with that. The soap that I found works best is Dove Sensitive Skin.
Moisturize your breast after you shower. While your skin is stretching and expanding it is so important to keep it moisturized. After I shower I like to use a Nipple Balm or Cream. I sometimes will use the Mama Mia Keep Calm Nipple Balm, but I prefer Era Organics Healing Balm Extra Soothing & Moisturizing, Era Organics Honeybuns Mommy Balm, or Motherlove Nipple Cream.
Use nursing pads. If I feel like I am about to have a really bad flare up I will saturate my breast with a mixture of lanolin and healing balm and cover them with the nursing pads.
Let your breast breathe. If you don’t have anywhere to go I recommend letting your breast get some air. Not having clothes or a bra rub against them really helps. Just apply some balm or cream and be free baby!
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin, Mother Love Nipple Cream*, Mama Mia Keep Calm Nipple Balm, Era Organics Honeybuns Mommy Balm*, Era Organics Healing Balm Extra Soothing & Moisturizing*
* These products are USDA Organic Certified
Please note photos taken directly from @eraorganics