Most women have probably heard that if you want to breastfeed that you shouldn’t wash your nipples for the last few weeks of pregnancy, but many probably don’t know why. I always thought it was because soap might clog the pours, but it’s actually because of the drying effects of soap. You might notice little pimple-like bumps around the areola, the dark area around the nipple; those bumps secrete oil that helps lubricate the area. It also fights bacteria and adjusts the ph balance. Yes, it really does fight bacteria all on it’s own and all natural like. No soap needed.
Personally, I found it difficult to take a shower and not get some soap on that area, so what I did was use a little dab of Lansinoh after most showers. Consider it pre-treating the area. I’ve run into several sites that answer a question I never thought to ask, “Should I try to toughen up my nipples for breastfeeding?” For the love of perky nipples, mygod, oh hell no! Your nipples are going to be thoroughly abused by your bouncing baby toothless nipple gnasher. Breastfeeding really shouldn’t hurt, if it does, it’s most likely because the baby isn’t positioned correctly or doesn’t have a proper latch. After a few days of breastfeeding, your nipples will be sore just from the shear attention they’re getting. The tenderness will likely last several weeks. Cracked bleeding nipples don’t sound like fun applying Lansinoh after each feeding helps keep nipples from drying out.
Lansinoh means lan (lanolin) sin (without) oh (alcohol). Lansinoh is pure medical grade lanolin. Nothing is added, no preservatives or anything, and it is refined to the point that even people with wool/lanolin allergies should be able to use Lansinoh. If you have had a reaction to other wool or lanolin products, no need to make your boobs break out in a rash making you look like you have nipples all over, put a dab of Lansinoh on your forearm and cover with a band aid for 24 hours.
You can request a free sample of Lansinoh by emailing customerservice at lansinoh dot com.
From the Lansinoh site:
LANSINOH does not have to be removed prior to breastfeeding thus eliminating further handling of already damaged tissue. LANSINOH is completely natural, non-toxic and contains no preservatives, BHT (Butyl Hydroxy Toulene), fragrance, or additives of any kind.
LANSINOH is hypoallergenic and will not irritate even sensitive skin. It has only one
ingredient – ultra purified lanolin.
LANSINOH is not chemically bleached, unlike paler lanolin’s and products which contain white beeswax and white paraffin.
LANSINOH does not alter the pH balance of the skin, thus preserving nature’s own protective acid mantle.
LANSINOH has little taste or odor to bother the baby. However, many other products used on nipples do have an offensive taste, smell or aftertaste and you can test for this by rubbing the product into the back of your hand and licking it off.
LANSINOH is the only medical grade lanolin formulated specifically for use on damaged nipples and backed by extensive clinical and laboratory testing. No other lanolin’s for nipple care have
LANSINOH is bacteriostatic. LANSINOH was independently tested on a 30 and a 60 day USP Challenge for bacterial growth. Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida albicans, Aspergillus niger and Escherichia coli were deliberately introduced to LANSINOH and in each case the bacteria failed to multiply. Unbroken skin is the best barrier to infection. Because LANSINOH promotes faster healing, it may prevent some secondary infections.
LANSINOH does not clog pores or milk ducts nor does it interfere with lactation in any way. Unlike products which contain oils and paraffin derivatives, LANSINOH is a natural ester, like our own skin sebum, and it is completely absorbed within minutes of application.
LANSINOH has a complete Certificate of Analysis available for every batch of LANSINOH.
LANSINOH provides a semi-occlusive moisture barrier that slows the evaporation of the body’s internal moisture while allowing oxygen transfer to occur. When the proper moisture balance has been regained, the fissure will resolve because the delicate tissue has been rehydrated from within. This is nature’s moisturizing process.
Other uses for Lansinoh:
- Use it as lip balm.
- Help heal minor cuts, burns and skin abrasions including dry winter cuticles and chapped cheeks.
- It’s a little expensive as a lotion but you can use it to moisturize dry and itchy skin on elbows, knees and heels.
- Soothe itchy stretch marks.
- Prevent and treat diaper rash. They have a special product for preventing and treating diaper rash, but I used their original plain lanolin on Sophia and it works well for her.
- Replenish the lanolin in wool diaper covers and wool nursing pads.