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Got A New Baby? Try Our Nursing Mother’s Nipple Balm Recipe!
Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, there are a few things you can count on: Relatives taking pictures, friends giving you lots of advice, and a few problems when it comes to breastfeeding.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t breastfeed! The benefits are endless and well documented, however, this doesn’t change the fact that, especially in the beginning, and perhaps the first minute or so, it can be downright uncomfortable.
We might go so far as to say even a bit painful. Getting the baby to “latch on” correctly helps immensely, but no matter how easy a time you might have getting the baby to “get a good grip”, your nipples often become sore. Of course, everyone has great advice when it comes to breastfeeding. Many new mothers enjoy those breastfeeding pillows but not everyone is a fan.
Another common solution is to rub the nipples with lanolin. This is ancient advice but it is certainly not the best advice. First, many people are allergic to lanolin. Hopefully, you find out before you try it! Second, although you might think that lanolin is OK because it is a natural oil from the wool of sheep, there are a few things you should know first. Lanolin is not like coconut oil where you simply “squeeze” the wool to get out the oil. Lanolin needs to be processed.
Also, sheep are often fed antibiotics and other hormones. Let’s also not forget that sheep eat just about anything, including pesticide laden feed. Also, ranchers sometimes spray the animal to prevent insects from making that wool their home. All those pesticides end up not just ON the wool of the animal, but IN the very fibers and this would include the lanolin that comes from wool as well.
As of this writing, there are no organic sources of lanolin that we could find. Although many women use it, we wondered if there wasn’t another way of helping mom and baby that does not include the use of lanolin. When you consider that whatever you put on your nipples is going to be your baby’s first “food” you want to be 100 percent certain that it’s natural and safe, right?
There are a few commercially made organic creams for new mothers, such as Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter, but why not make your own completely natural nipple balm? It’s easy, safe to use, and you know EXACTLY what is in it. Let’s not forget that it’s inexpensive as well.
One of the things every new mother worries about is that their baby might be allergic to certain ingredients. This is why this particular recipe skips almond oil (nut allergies are common), coconut oil, and beeswax.
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