Firstly, mothers own milk has its own amazing anti-bacterial, anti-viral and antifungal properties. Just expressing a little milk onto the nipple after each feed will help to keep the nipple in top tip condition.
Using a lanolin based nipple cream is also extremely helpful. Our moisturising PureLan cream has been designed to gently soothe and rehydrate the skin, ensuring mums can continue to breastfeed comfortably. Made from 100% pure lanolin, otherwise known as wool wax, PureLan contains no artificial additives or preservatives so is completely safe for little ones and can conveniently be left on while feeding.
Our in-house Lactation Consultant, Sioned Hilton has provided some top tips on essential breast care using PureLan cream to help support and soothe every mother’s breastfeeding journey.
If your nipples start to feel tender make sure your baby is latched on well with a big, wide mouth so that the nipple is positioned correctly in your baby’s mouth. If you are not sure contact your midwife or breastfeeding support group
In the early days while establishing your baby’s latch, alongside a little expressed milk use PureLan before and after every feed to moisturise your nipples as they get used to feeding. You only need a little as it goes a long way.
If you are experiencing milk leakage – make sure you are changing your bra pads with every feed, as they collect milk and can be a lovely opportunity for bacteria to thrive in damp warm conditions leading to sore nipples.
If you have a crack that won’t heal, continue applying PureLan after each feed as it supports moist wound healing. If the problem continues, seek advice from your breastfeeding adviser and GP as rarely, a persistent cracked nipple can indicate an underlying problem.
Once you have finished breastfeeding you can use PureLan on your baby’s skin as it contains no chemicals! In fact, Channel 4’s Kirstie Allsopp is a big fan of PureLan and has famously used it as lip balm.
You can purchase a PureLan tube from Medela.co.uk