How To Choose Nipple Creams During Pregnancy

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Written by Ajanta Biswas

Ajanta Biswas

Nipple Creams during pregnancy

We glorify motherhood a lot. There is a concept among us that mothers can do anything and can bear everything for their children. Although this is true in a way sometimes you just don’t have to bear all the pain. Nipple creams can successfully reduce the pain your nipples get from constant breastfeeding.

It can make your nipples more tender and moisturized and give you a soothing breastfeeding experience. Traditionally nipple creams are made of lanolin. But now nipple cream brands prefer using natural healing and moisturizing ingredients like coconut, milk, shea butter, etc.  So, nipple creams will help to cure dry, painful, sore nipples.

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What Are Nipple Creams Used For?

Nipple cream has the same purpose as all the other creams. It moisturizes the skin and heals any crack or roughness. But it is specially formulated for nipples.

So, you can use nipple cream to:

  • Soften and heal the skin around your nipples.
  • Reduce sores, cracks, and itchiness caused by breastfeeding.
  • Cure dry, painful, and bleeding nipple tips.
  • Prepare your breasts for breastfeeding while pregnant.
  • You can also use some multipurpose nipple creams as lip balms, skin moisturizers, or even as a diaper cream for your baby. 

How Can A Nipple Cream Help?

Nipple cream is a yellow, thick, ointment-based cream made especially for the sensitive skin of the areola area. Nipple cream contains soothing and rejuvenating properties to give you comfort from pain and cure nipple cracks easily. 

When To Use A Nipple Cream?

When To Use A Nipple Cream_.

You can use nipple cream at any time of the day. But you will have to apply it in between breastfeeding. 

If your baby Sleeps long at night, then you can apply it before sleep. The more often you use nipple cream the more quickly your nipples will heal. 

Women suffer from nipple soreness, dryness, pain, and nipple cracks during the first few weeks of breastfeeding. So, use nipple cream during this time. 

Also, you can use nipple creams if your baby bites the nipple while breastfeeding after teething.  

What Should You Consider When Buying Nipple Cream?

Before buying nipple cream, you need to keep these in mind:

The Fragrance Of The Cream

Avoid nipple Cream with a flashy smell. Your baby may not like the rough smell of nipple cream while breastfeeding. So, choose odorless or mild-smelling nipple creams.

Ingredients Of The Cream

Check the ingredient box of the nipple cream before buying. The ingredients should be organic and the product should be paraben-free.

Numbing Properties

Some nipple creams offer numbing effects to reduce pain. But this can be harmful to your baby and can even numb the lips or mouth of the baby while breastfeeding. So, choose a normal nipple cream or nipple balm without numbing properties.


Don’t choose very thick and grainy textured nipple cream as you will have difficulty applying it. Oil-based nipple cream is also not great in terms of leaving oil stains on your clothes and innerwear.


Check out the ingredients list to see if there are any hypoallergenic ingredients in it or not. If yes, then it is wise to avoid it. If you are allergic to any ingredient present in that nipple cream, avoid it.

Benefits Of Using Nipple Cream

Benefits Of Using Nipple Creams..

There are many benefits of using nipple cream. These creams

  • Make your nipple soft
  • Reduce pain
  • Heal the cracks and cuts on nipples
  • Cure roughness and dryness

Besides these benefits for nipple care, nipple cream can serve many other purposes like

  • Soothing itchy stretch marks
  • Providing relief from burns, minor cuts, and skin abrasions
  • Curing cracked heels
  • Working as a moisturizer
  • Treating eczema

Do Nipple Creams Have Any Side Effects?

There are reasons why we advise you to remove nipple cream before breastfeeding. This is because the adverse effect of the nipple is quite serious for your infant. These are

  • Ingredients like chlorphenesin relax the skeletal muscle and can slow down the nervous system and cause respiratory issues like slow and shallow breathing in babies. 
  • Nipple cream can cause vomiting and diarrhea in babies. If this continues, then it will cause dehydration.
  • Creams containing chlorphenesin can cause skin problems like dermatitis in women. This will worsen the situation.

So always use the nipple cream your doctor suggests. 

Tips For Nipple Cream Usage

Tips For Nipple Cream Usage.

Here are some tips and restrictions, you must follow while using nipple cream

  • Put a generous amount of the nipple cream when you can let it there for the longest time. 
  • You can pump some breast milk in the feeding bottle before applying nipple balm so that you can keep it for a long time.
  • Though most of the nipple creams claim to be safe for the baby and that you can keep the nipple cream while breastfeeding, we advise you not to do that.
  • To wipe the cream, away you can use soft tissue paper or wipes. You can clean the area with water after that. 
  • Apply nipple cream again once you finish breastfeeding.
  • If you feel that your baby is not liking (showing discomfort and unlatching repeatedly, making weird facial expressions or crying, etc.) the smell of the nipple cream, then don’t use it again. 

So, nipple cream can serve you more than just soothe your nipples, it works as an excellent moisturizer too. You just need to make sure to buy an organic product. Choose the one with less smell so that your baby doesn’t feel any difference while breastfeeding. Nothing should come in your way of breastfeeding your baby. Ask your doctor to get some suggestions and follow our tips to get only the goodness of the nipple cream.

5 Best Nipple Creams In India

If you have sore nipples, it may be difficult for you to breastfeed.   As a result, you are going to need the most effective nipple cream for nursing in order to alleviate the pain, rehydrate your dry nipples, and protect them from becoming chapped. While there are a lot of products on the market that claim that they can soothe painful nipples, it is going to be difficult for you to choose the proper one.

Following are the 5 best nipple creams In India

1. The Moms Co Nipple Butter Cream

 The Mothers Co. Natural Nipple Butter is a natural and vegan nipple butter that is prepared with the ideal combination of nourishing plant oils and waxes. This combination creates a nipple butter that is both strong and nourishing. Kokum butter and coconut oil, both of which are known to improve the suppleness of the skin and decrease dryness, have been used into the formulation of the Mom’s Co. Nipple Butter Cream.

2. Bamboobiez Nipple Balm

Nipple Cream is made entirely from natural ingredients and is an effective treatment for sore and damaged nipples. It smells amazing, isn’t irritating to the nose, and doesn’t leave any stains on your clothing. It is “creamy,” with a genuine butter-like substance that starts out like wax and then melts with your touch.

3. Cipla Mamaxpert Soothing Nipple Cream

If your nipples are dry and cracked, use Cipla Mamaxpert Soothing Nipple Cream. It is made with natural substances such as olive oil and soya lipids. It soothes breast and nipple sores by moisturizing the skin and providing antioxidants that nourish and protect the skin.

4. Motherlove Nipple Cream

Motherlove’s organic nipple cream is manufactured with 100% certified organic ingredients and has a zero rating (zero toxins) on EWG’s skin deep database. This award-winning organic herbal balm relieves nipple pain. Motherlove Nipple Cream leftovers may be used for a variety of purposes, including hydrating lips and dry skin of hands, elbows, knees, and heels. It also aids in the relief of small wounds, scratches, and burns. It also relieves bug bites and sunburn. It may also be used to calm inflammatory stretch marks and to treat chapped noses and cheeks throughout the winter season.

5. Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter

Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter is a soothing, cruelty-free alternative to traditional breast balms; it is buttery and botanically rich, but contains no lanolin and is not sticky. It soothes irritated skin and restores comfort to chapped nipples. No chemicals, no lanolin, and no petrochemicals were found.


Ajanta Biswas,MA (English)

Studying English literature has been highly instrumental in creating a love for English and World Literature for this writer. Ajanta has been writing for more than two years. She specializes in creating short and crisp blogs that can create awareness among women about healthy pregnancy and among parents about better parenting.Read more.

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