PureLan Soothes a Mother’s Breastfeeding Journey

Every breastfeeding journey is unique and no two experiences are the same. Although essentially all is needed is mum and baby and the special bond it creates, breastfeeding can be uncomfortable and difficult to adjust to, especially in the early days while establishing feeding for the first time.

Medela PureLan 7g and 37g for breast care

A common problem suffered by many mums whilst feeding is experiencing pain or discomfort due to dry or sore nipples, so this week on our blog we thought we would highlight our PureLan cream – a moisturising cream which gently soothes and rehydrates the skin so mums can continue to breastfeed comfortably. Our in-house lactation consultant, Sioned, is here to advise on the essentials of breast care and how PureLan can help with some top tips and breast care facts:

  • Breastmilk has anti-inflammatory properties to help keep the breast flora balanced
  • After birth moisturise a little colostrum onto your nipples to soothe
  • If your nipples start to feel a little 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 to get help with positioning and attachment. Alternatively look at your NHS leaflet, 'Off to the Best Start' or 'Best Beginnings DVD' for help with latch
  • Often the nipples do get a little sore and dry, just as your lips do when the cold weather starts – applying a nipple balm such as PureLan, a lanolin based ointment helps to moisturise and keep the nipple in tip top condition
  • 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 grow.
  • If you know that you have sensitive skin – before you apply PureLan to your nipple just do a skin test on the inner wrist. PureLan is hypoallergenic but if you are a little sensitive it is better to find out before you put it on your sore nipples
  • How much do I need? In the early days making sure that you get the baby to latch on well means that you use it to moisturise as your nipple gets used to feeding. You only need a little and often it is a bit hard in the tube – hold it in your hand or place it in your bra to soften and you only need a little as it goes a long way
  • You don’t need to wipe it off before feeding as it is safe for your baby
  • What if I have a crack that won’t heal – the scab keeps on coming off? After the feed keep on applying PureLan as it supports moist wound healing. You do need to seek advice over your baby latching on as having a cracked nipple can lead to mastitis. Chat with your midwife or breastfeeding adviser just to make sure baby doesn’t have a tongue tie that makes it difficult to latch and feed well
  • Rarely, a persistent cracked nipple may need to be swabbed to find out why it won’t heal, sometimes there is an underlying problem, so if it doesn’t seem to be getting better, the latch is good, get it checked out at the GP

PureLan contains 100% pure lanolin, otherwise known as wool wax. As there are no artificial additives or preservatives, this nourishing cream does not have to be washed off before feeding so you can leave the cream on to soothe the skin, safe in the knowledge it won’t harm your little one.

Fitting neatly into a handbag or pocket you can easily take PureLan with you wherever you go, helping to make breastfeeding that little bit more comfortable. With multiple uses even once you’ve finished breastfeeding the cream will still come in handy as with its natural ingredients it is safe to use on baby’s skin too! In fact, Channel 4’s Kirstie Allsopp is a big fan of PureLan and has famously used it as lip balm – saying it works wonders on her chapped skin!

For more details on PureLan and our other breast care products please visit our website.