Okay mamas, listen up! I’m going to share with you my secret breastfeeding weapon, and it’s THIS cream. I’ve had a pretty smooth breastfeeding experience with both of my babies, and I attribute it to a good latch and this DIY nipple cream.
I actually stumbled upon this recipe by accident. When I was pregnant with my daughter, the store bought cream freaked me out. I wasn’t even as concerned about using natural products in our home as I am now, but knowing that my new baby was going to be practically ingesting what I was going to be applying, I felt like there had to be a better way. I have nothing against those who use lanolin, or any other creams (no, mom-shaming here!) – I just prefer not to use them. I found some different recipes on Pinterest, and came up with this!
Now, when I made this nipple cream initially, I didn’t even appreciate the effect the Lavender essential oil would have on my tender nipples – I just wanted something that was good for my newborn. BUT, after talking to other moms, I’ve realized that I tend to have an easier time breastfeeding than most (at least for those first few weeks), and I’m convinced that it’s due to the Lavender oil in this cream. I’ve never experienced open sores, cracked nipples, or bleeding: just a little tenderness at the beginning.
I have to say that I am pretty committed when it comes to using the cream. I bring it to the hospital with me, and apply it after each and every feeding, from birth. After 2-3 weeks, when I don’t feel there is a need, I stop. I pull it back out if I ever experience any irritation and I’m back to normal within a day or two. Like I mentioned before, I also always make sure that my baby has a good latch, even if that means taking them off to re-position them mid-feeding.
It’s important to note that you should only use the highest quality of ingredients and essential oils for this nipple cream recipe. I am only comfortable using Young Living essential oils, especially when it comes to ingestation. Lavender essential oil has soothing properties that support comfort and healing – great for the beating those poor nipples take!
So without further ado, here’s the recipe!
DIY Natural Nipple Cream
4 tablespoons cocoa butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons almond oil
2-3 drops Lavender essential oil
1. In a small saucepan, melt the cocoa butter over low heat – stirring frequently. My cocoa butter comes in a big block, so I just used a knife and cut off 4 approximately tablespoons – it doesn’t have to be exact.
2. Add coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil, and stir until melted and combined.
3. Allow mixture to cool slightly, in saucepan, and then add in Lavender essential oil. Heat decreases the properties of essential oils, so you don’t want to add them in while the mixture is piping hot.
4. Pour finished mixture into chosen containers. I used these little tins that I got on Amazon. They are the perfect size to stick in your purse or diaper bag. You could also use a small mason jar, old baby food jars, etc. – just make sure that you use metal or glass containers. Plastic can be broken down by essential oils and is always a no-no for storage.
5. Stick containers in the fridge so that they will harden. Keep in mind that because of the coconut oil and cocoa butter, the mixture will change consistency, depending on the temperature they are kept at. Generally, you will want to make sure they are in relatively cool place. If you need to, you can always stick them back in the fridge to harden back up.
I made this cream for the first time when I was pregnant with Violet, and it made 3 tins. I still have all 3 of those tins, so they last a long time! I’ve used the same ones for two babies now. I just made another batch that I plan to give as gifts to expecting mamas.
I’m really curious what other mom’s experiences are with this cream, so let me know when you’ve tried it!