Here’s the thing. Whether you exclusively pump, exclusively nurse, or a combination, those nipples are going to need some love. Here’s the lowdown on keeping your nipples happy and healthy.
Meet coconut oil- your new BFF. Seriously. Best thing ever. I applied before every pumping session (on nipples and lubed the flanges for easy gliding). I applied after nursing when I was feeling a little raw… and I applied in combination with probiotic powder anytime I questioned thrush or wanted to improve babies gut health (especially while in the NICU- probiotics every pump session!).
Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter- and I do mean BUTTAH’, it’s that lovely. When my nipples got tired of coconut oil around eight months of exclusive pumping- it became my new BFF. I also love this product for all around happy nipples while breastfeeding. Rub a little on in between nursing or pumping sessions.
Lanolin- this isn’t a product I really care for… I know lots of mamas use it and it’s handed out at hospitals and by LC’s everywhere… I just think there are so many other awesome products so why go there.
A little note about pumping- you need to LUBE THOSE FLANGES every single time. Coconut oil is awesome- olive or avocado oil work as well. I prefer coconut because it’s solid until warm so easier to manage. Because I believe in healthy oils, I wouldn’t recommend using any “vegetable” or canola oils.