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I'm trying to stock up on stuff for when this baby comes in May, and people keep recommending lanolin for my nipples. This is my first babe, so first time BFing, and I don't really know what to expect.

What's the best vegan alternative you've found?
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Here you go, this stuff rawks:

http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/or...le_butter.html

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I love this stuff. I have also used it on eczema patches, chafing, etc. It sits on the changing table now that I am not using it regularly on my nipples.

My dad had a crack on his thumb that wouldn't heal. You should have seen his face when I suggested he try the nipple butter.

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I tried that too, but it didn't work so well for me, and I ended up switching to lanolin (even though I didn't want to) This time around, I've found a cream from Mustela (I think?) that's Shea Butter based. I looked at the ingredients, and it looked vegan to me. I might try straight shea butter, too.
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I tried that too, but it didn't work so well for me, and I ended up switching to lanolin (even though I didn't want to) This time around, I've found a cream from Mustela (I think?) that's Shea Butter based. I looked at the ingredients, and it looked vegan to me. I might try straight shea butter, too.
By "that" do you mean coconut oil or the EarthMama stuff?
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Hi
whatever you use just remember that your baby will suck it off - and it's a tiny little being - so if you wouldn't eat a spoonful of whatever you plan to use don't put it on your nipples.
I have never used a nipple cream and i've breastfed 3 children. Nature wouldn't make a food delivery system that needed maintenance like that. If you have sore nipples the best thing to do is rub breast milk on them (also great if bub has a sticky eye) and then 'air' them and never use soap on your nipples.
I emplore you to read a book on breastfeeding before you have your baby - anything by Sheila Kitzinger is excellent. In our society we haven't grown up with breastfeeding being the only feeding method - in fact it is the exception - and it has allowed all sorts of myths and misconceptions into 'common knowledge' (like the 'need' for nipple cream). You need to read as much about breastfeeding as you do about pregnancy and birth - then you will trust your body.
I wish you a happy and healthy feeding experience - and remember - if your body can grow the baby it can feed the baby

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I received a small tube of lanolin when I was in the hospital. I only used it a few times on my nipples, though. At the beginning when we were adjusting, I didn't think to put it on. Overall, I haven't had any of the "problems" associated with breastfeeding. For the first month or so, I don't even think I wore a shirt much. (I stay at home.) Either Thanksgiving or the day after, my breasts were a bit fuller than usual and a bit sore, but my daughter (who was only two months old at the time; now she's three and a half months) was too busy with all of the new people and places to want to eat much.

According to one of the nurses at the hospital, the lanolin cream is safe, because I asked. A few times my lips have been chapped and I put it on at night and they've been fine. I've used it for cuts on my skin that were from dry skin. I figured that since I technically got it for free, l might as well use it.
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