There’s a lot of writing on nursing (or breastfeeding, as its more commonly called). There was a particular topic that consistently circulated while I was researching before having my baby: nursing hurts. Luckily, I found this to to not be true in my case!! I’ve even read from an excellent book put out by the La Leche League, called “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.” I can’t recommend it enough! Anyway, something I read that stuck out with me was their passage that stated nursing should never hurt. They say that almost any mommy and baby team can make nursing work, and so if it starts to hurt, that only means that something is off and needs to be fixed. I know it sounds like wishful thinking, but I loved the concept that pain doesn’t equal incapability.
In my experience with nursing, it really doesn’t hurt! However since this was my first baby, for the first two weeks or so I found myself sore during the latching process. The number one way to ease the soreness is to ensure proper latching and help baby if need be. But I discovered another way to help myself out!…
Enter the My Brest Friend Nipple Cream! It’s made of natural and organic ingredients (bonus!) and is completely safe for mom and baby. There is no need to wipe it off before baby nurses, and its clear in color, so no staining anything! It had a very slight butter smell, but it is very pleasant and relaxing. What I loved most about it was obviously it’s effects– it is soothing if you’re hurting, but it also is effective at preventing those hurts in the first place.
One word of advice, this cream does “solidify” in a way because it has coconut oil in it. So it comes out of the tube a little “grainy” which doesn’t hurt when you apply, but it makes it less perfect that a buttery-vaseline type texture. (Obviously vaseline isn’t a nursing cream). My advice is to roll the little bit your squirt out in your fingers first to try to warm it. Once you apply it, the cream will also melt onto your skin, so warming it beforehand is not strictly necessary. But if the grainy-ness is not your thing, you may want to rub it between your fingers before applying.
I suppose you could just use plain coconut oil–it really does work as a nursing cream! But if you want something that is easier to carry around then a jar of coconut oil 🙂 then I highly recommend this cream. Plus, it has a few additions to it that coconut oil doesn’t have…like Shea butter, sunflower oil, mango seed butter, Candelilla wax, and soybean oil. Those little additions have their own nourishing benefits, and make the cream extra buttery and soothing.
What’s your go-to nursing comfort?