Breastfeeding can give delicate nipples a serious workout, especially in the early stages when hungry babes are feeding often and women’s bodies are adjusting to the process. This is where nipple balms and creams can help.
Nipple cream is a topical balm specially formulated to soothe sore nipples caused by breastfeeding. It adds much-needed moisture to dry, cracked skin and makes special feeding time more comfortable.
Before you decide which one is best for you, you need to know what creams are available in Australia. We’ve listed several leading balms in Australia and answered some commonly asked questions by mums looking to buy one.
13 best nipple creams & balms
To help you find a soothing cream for your nipples, we’ve compiled this list of fab brands available in Australia to get you started in your search.
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Here are 13 of the best nipple creams and balms in Australia:
1. Pregnancy Pillow Co
This 100% organic cream contains mango seed and calendula for relieving irritation and healing the skin, while Shea and Cocoa Butter restores moisture and creates a barrier against chapping. Lanolin-free, you can use it between every feed.
A combination of mango seed butter and olive oil make Mumasil Nipple Balm buttery-soft and easy to apply. Designed specially to help with the repair of broken, cracked and sore skin during breastfeeding, it’s all-natural and vegan-friendly.
Hypoallergenic and free from preservatives, Lansinoh HPA Lanolin is clinically proven to accelerate the healing of dry, damaged nipples. It is perfectly safe to leave on while breastfeeding and it doesn’t clog pores or milk ducts.
4. Madre Australia
Developed especially for precious boobies, Madre Boob Balm is the little tube of love you’ll want to take everywhere. Vegan-friendly, it contains a mocktail of lush oils, organic cocoa butter and plant-derived lanolin to leave skin supple, hydrated and happy.
5. Mumma Bear
Non-sticky, lanolin-free and safe to leave on for feeding, Mumma Bear Nipple Balm contains just six all-natural ingredients, including mango seed butter and organic beeswax. It hydrates and protects nipples while providing anti-inflammatory relief.
A natural plant-based remedy for tender nipples, Lansinoh Organic Nipple Balm is safe for baby and specially designed for breastfeeding, with no smell or taste. Easy to apply and gentle on sensitive skin, it helps to moisturize and restore natural softness.
Not only does Beetanicals Boo-Bee Balm provide pure nipple nourishment, but it’s also made up of 100% edible ingredients to be safe for even the newest babes. Evening primrose promotes hydration while Australian beeswax and natural oils soothe and restore.
Versatile and oh-so-smooth, calming Endota Nipple Balm is gentle enough to use anywhere on the body as frequently as you need. The special formulation includes certified organic ingredients that deeply nourish, heal and protect dry skin.
9. GAIA Skin Naturals
A nourishing organic balm that moisturises, soothes and protects cracked and tender nipples. Made from pure, edible organic oils, including organic avocado, chamomile and calendula, there is no need to rinse or wipe off before feeding.
It’s the postpartum nipple saviour for breastfeeding mums and it’s packed with nourishing goodness. Coconut oil helps restore flaky skin, mango butter softens and smoothes and castor oil locks in moisture and promotes the renewal of cells.
11. Willow By The Sea
Proudly created here in Australia, Willow By The Sea Nipple Balm is vegan-friendly, certified organic and has no fragrance. Lanolin-free, it uses creamy mango and shea butter along with plant-based oils to nourish, treat inflammation and heal the skin.
12. Earth Mama
Packed with organic, non-GMO ingredients, without any parabens, artificial fragrances or lanolin, Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter is 100% safe for mum and bub. Non-sticky and deliciously soothing, you don’t even need to wash it off before nursing.
13. The Physic Garden
Start using this naturopathically formulated nursing balm in your third trimester to prepare the nipples and continue to enjoy the soothing properties of calendula and blessed thistle while breastfeeding. Made in Australia, it’s vegan-friendly and free of allergens.
Do I need nipple cream for breastfeeding?
Nipple cream is not a necessity, rather a soothing product that many new mums find that helps relieve dry nipples and keep them well moisturised. Some mums use breastmilk on their nipples and find that it alone provides the extra goodness nipples need.
Do I need to remove nipple cream before breastfeeding?
Many nipple creams are perfectly safe to leave on, however, you should always check the ingredients and instructions for use carefully before you pop baby on the boob.
What causes cracked nipples?
According to the Australian Breastfeeding Association, poor attachment or the wrong breastfeeding position is usually the main cause of damaged, chapped and cracked nipples. Other reasons can include infections, dermatitis and even incorrect use of your breast pump.
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