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I'm due in January and trying to figure out the details getting all the vegan gear I need for breastfeeding, etc. I understand that the typical nipple/breast creams out there include lanolin. Does anyone know of an alternative I could use that is as effective? Cocoa butter, maybe? I'm a little clueless here. :p<br><br>
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You don't need a cream. The most effective remedy for sore / cracked nipples (aside from making sure your baby is positioned and attached correctly) is to smear a little bit of milk after nursing onto your nipples, and let air dry.
 

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I never used lanolin either. I got a tiny free sample when DS was a baby (after nursing my girls for 30 and 15 months respectively without any lanolin) and found it sticky and useless for nipples. I couldn't understand how anybody would actually use this stuff on their breasts, much less talk about how wonderful it is. I ended up using it on dd's cracked upper lip/nose, (for which cocoa butter also works great) because it was absolutely useless on my breasts.<br><br>
If my nipples were sore, I'd express a little milk at the end of a feeding and smear it around then let it air dry. In fact I did that as a matter of routine to prevent sore nipples. Except for the two times I got thrush (once when each of the girls was an infant) I never had problems with sore nipples.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I got a tiny free sample when DS was a baby (after nursing my girls for 30 and 15 months respectively without any lanolin) and found it sticky and useless for nipples. I couldn't understand how anybody would actually use this stuff on their breasts, much less talk about how wonderful it is.</div>
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I agree. I've used it in the past to treat wool nappy covers, and found it pretty gross. Plus, it smells like sheep.
 

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I used olive oil and almond oil. Then DH bought me some vegan nipple cream at the HFS and it was so not worth the amount he spent on it when olive oil worked just fine.
 

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something that's really good not just for cracked nipples, but as an overall moisturizer, is organic and fair-trade shea butter. it's my absolute favorite skin care product!
 

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I used 2 creams:<br><br>
Earth Mama Angel Baby - Natural Nipple Butter. It doesn't have any animal by-products.<br><br>
Mother Love - Nipple Cream. It says that it's cruelty free but it does have beeswax in it.<br><br><br>
I love them both and actually still use them. Both are great for chapped lips and also for chapped behinds. In a pinch, I've even used them as hand cream. And a little goes a long way - I've had both of these for 2+ years and still have more than 1/2 the bottle left in each!<br><br>
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A naturopath suggested shea butter. I didn't find it at the time, but I do love it in other products.<br><br>
I also used cocoa butter, but only after I was confident that dd wouldn't have any reaction to chocolate products.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I used 2 creams:<br><br>
Earth Mama Angel Baby - Natural Nipple Butter. It doesn't have any animal by-products.<br><br>
Mother Love - Nipple Cream. It says that it's cruelty free but it does have beeswax in it.<br><br><br>
I love them both and actually still use them. Both are great for chapped lips and also for chapped behinds. In a pinch, I've even used them as hand cream. And a little goes a long way - I've had both of these for 2+ years and still have more than 1/2 the bottle left in each!<br><br>
HTH!</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: I never really used them for my nipples. Did not have too. Butthey serve so many other needs.
 

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Never bothered with anything but breastmilk. And I don't wash the nipple area with soap -- just water to avoid drying it out. I'm more than 3.5 yrs into nursing my kid and I've yet to have a problem. (Knock on wood!)<br><br>
I found out that I am allergic to lanolin when I accidentally used some lotion on my hands that had it. I wouldn't want to find out by applying that on my nips. Yeow! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
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I used olive oil. straight up. worked really well. I think there's a company called mountain herbs that also made a specific nipple lube that was nice... but once I realized olive oil worked so well i just used that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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I never needed any creams or special stuff. My midwife and our previous ped said breastmilk or cold pressed organic olive oil would be fine. But I never experienced any problems.
 
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