Disclaimer: The contents contained in this post are for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions.
I talk a lot about breastfeeding. That’s because it’s something that should be talked about a lot! So many moms out there, struggling with what is supposed to be “the most natural thing in the world” (I really want to punch anyone in the face who says that, btw), don’t realize that their struggles are normal, their frustrations are shared, and that they are not alone!
One of the things that I struggled with the most at the beginning of my breastfeeding journey was pain. Pain and bleeding. Bleeding and crying. And it really just spiraled from there.
That’s when my lactation consultant handed me a piece of paper that played a big role in my breastfeeding success.
Note: This cream does contain Cortisone, which is a steroid!
This salve, made with three products which can be purchased at your local pharmacy, helps to heal, prevent future damage, and soothe. I used it sparingly, applying a very tiny amount after every other feeding for as long as the bleeding/ cracks/ damage was there.
One thing my lactation consultant told me was that it takes about 2 hours to be “fully absorbed.” This means, if baby wants to eat again less than 2 hours after applying, I would rinse it off.
Total, the “recipe” made three tablespoons worth of cream. I still have probably 1.5 tablespoons left after using it pretty regularly on two separate occasions. I don’t expect to have to use it again.
The top of the paper my lactation consultant gave me has some useful information about why these specific creams were chosen to make this magical concoction of nipple-healing greatness:
Basically, just because you fix the latch, doesn’t mean your nipples will heal. A cut/ sore/ wound needs to be tended to. Continuous exposure/ use will only make it worse!
This salve was recommended to me by a board certified lactation consultant. If you are considering using it, make sure to check with your LC and/or pediatrician beforehand!
For more information about our breastfeeding journey, check out my previous blog posts:
Read This Before Giving Up On Breastfeeding For Good
Our Experience With Pediatric Dentistry
Healthy Weight Gain? Check!
A Day in My Norah-Loving Life
They Warned Me It Would Be Hard
And please remember, this post is for informational puproses only! Always check with your doctor before changing/ starting/ implementing anything new into your healthcare routine!