Goodbye Lanolin and Petroleum Jelly... Hello Natural Nipple Butter!
August 4, 2014 5:51:13 PM EDT
Disclosure: As an Earth Mama Angel Baby ambassador, I have recieved many of the products mentioned in this post for free and am being financially compensated. All opinions are genuine and 100% my own.
My medicine cabinet makeover continues! I'm a part of Earth Mama Angel Baby's #EarthMama Campaign, where for one month I'm swapping out my families personal care products with the products sent to me in my ambassador package. Yesterday I explained all the different ways I'm putting our Angel Baby Shampoo and Bodywash to use. My plan was to review all the Earth Mama Angel Baby balms together, but since it's World Breastfeeding Week, I thought I'd give Natural Nipple Butter it's very own post!
My breastfeeding journey has not necessarily been an easy one. There have been many bumps in the road along the way. When I had my first child, I was not prepared for what to expect. A poor latch left me with painful, cracked and bleeding nipples. The nurse handed a tube of lanolin, and I was not impressed... it was thick and sticky. I was instructed to rub it between my fingers to warm it up and apply it easier, but I still found it unpleasant to rub on my very sore nipples. Once it was applied I had a sticky mess leftover on my fingers and had to find something to rub it off on. And the smell... I was just not a fan. After a couple of weeks, with little support I officially called it quits. I was happy to no longer be in pain, but so sad that I was not able to breastfeed my son as I had hoped.
A couple of kids later, and still no luck with breastfeeding. My second child had bad jaundice and there was a misunderstanding/misinformation with his pediatrician. I was instructed to stop breastfeeding so that we could get his jaundice levels under control, but was not encouraged to pump so we could resume breastfeeding once he was better. With my third child, I was so scared that she would have the same issues with jaundice that I decided to breastfeed AND supplement, but eventually the bottle won. After nearly losing her at seven weeks from a battle with RSV I told myself if I ever had another baby that I would do whatever I could to make breastfeeding work so that I could help protect him or her with the antibodies in my milk.
Soon after I became a Labor and Delivery nurse and tried to prepare moms with as much information as I could to help them get off breastfeeding off to a good start. Tubes of lanolin were a very common and welcomed sight. At least that meant mom was breastfeeding! Although L&D is where my heart is, I eventually left my night shift position for a day position in a doctor's office.
When we found out we were having our fourth child I committed myself to make breastfeeding work no matter what life threw at us. And it did throw a lot. Visit my personal blog to learn more about my breastfeeding journey. Again, I dealt with sore painful nipples, and lanolin (as much as I hated it) helped tremendously. I do credit it for being one of the things that has made this time around successful... but had I known about Earth Mama Angel Baby's Natural Nipple Butter, that Lanolin would've stayed in that hospital pyxis!!!
Natural Nipple Butter does the same thing as Lanolin does for sore nipples, but without all the things I dislike about it! Like lanolin, you don't have to wash it off before nursing. But unlike lanolin, it glides on so smoothly, and is not sticky in the slightest! The last thing you want to do is try to rub something that doesn't really want to come off your finger onto nipples when they're painful to touch. If there is any leftover it can easily be rubbed into your skin without leaving a greasy, sticky feel.
And the smell... Natural Nipple Butter smells delicious! Not overwhelming, but slightly like chocolate! I wish I had known about this product during those first months of breastfeeding, because it would certainly made my experience more pleasant. I also had no idea that lanolin contains GMOs! I found this out during the #EarthMama with Mamavation twitter party. Learn more in this post from Earth Mama Angel Baby. Natural Nipple Butter is the only Non GMO Project Verified nipple cream available on the market!
My little guy just turned two a couple of weeks ago and breastfeeding is still going strong. Since we've been doing this for two years now, we pretty much have it figure out, so I don't have trouble with sore nipples too often. Although from time to time I think he doesn't realize my breasts are attached to my body, so that can lead to the occasional ouch moment. ;) However I am still using Natural Nipple Butter on a daily basis!
Over the years, I've made it a habit to use petroleum jelly to moisturize my lips whenever I get out of the shower. I never really thought about where it came from... I found out that petroleum jelly is a by product of the oil industry. It's an unstainable resource, therefore not eco-friendly. There are also contamination worries that I first learn of from this post. It gives the illusion of moisturized skin, all the while clogging pores, sealing in dirt, and keeping air from getting to your skin.
When I made over my medicine cabinet with Earth Mama Angel Baby products last week, I traded the petroleum jelly for Natural Nipple Butter. I love this stuff to use as a lip balm! It was so cute the first time my little guy tried it. When he saw me use it on my lips, he wanted to try some for himself. When I put it on him, he smacked his lips, then opened his eyes wide and got a big smile on his face! It was the cutest thing. I'm assuming he got a little whiff of the slight chocolate scent and really liked what he smelled.
It can also be used for chapped skin, which we have a lot of trouble with come wintertime. My kiddos tends to get really dry around their mouths, and run and hide when I whip out the petroleum jelly. They hate how it feels on their skin, and sometimes even cry when I tell them we need to put some on. Natural Nipple Butter moisturizes without leaving their skin feeling greasy. I've been using it on my daughter, who recently got poison ivy on her face that is now healing, leaving dry spots. It does a great job moisturizing her skin and she doesn't mind it at all!
And for another unconvential use... Natural Nipple Butter actually saved the (wedding) day this past weekend!! My mom got married to an amazing man, my wonderful step-father. While we waited for the ceremony to start, she tried on her ring, but her fingers had swelled and it wouldn't slide past her knuckle! I told her, "Wait! I have something that may help!" Luckily I tossed my jar of Natural Nipple Butter in my purse to use as lip balm and a moisturizer. I lubed up the inside of her ring with it and it slid on no problem! The pastor came in while we were in the process and couldn't help but chuckle when he saw the name on the jar. When my step-dad placed the ring on my mom's finger, I heard the pastor say, "Slid on just fine, and only we know why," which made my mom laugh! It made for a memorable and funny moment that we won't forget!
I really wish someone had told me about Natural Nipple Butter when I had my babies. I think every hospital should carry this product! It is such an amazing alternative to lanolin. I want to shout it from the rooftops and let everyone, breastfeeding or not, know how great this product is. I'm glad that I no longer have to rely on petroleum jelly for moisturizing my families lips and chapped skin. I'm actually going to get another jar of Natural Nipple Butter to put in our second bathroom!
Stay tuned! More reviews of Earth Mama Angel Baby products to come!!
Stephanie Beck is a busy mama of four. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Stephanie started her blog, Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers and is the Social Media Coordinator for TGN.
Disclosure: I have recieved many of the products in this post free of charge and am being compensated as an Earth Mama Angel Baby Ambassador. However, all opinions expressed are 100% genuine and my own. All of the above statements are based on my own experience and may differ from your experience from these products. The statements about herbs and essential oils in these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Neither these products nor the information or opinions expressed in this post are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The opinions expressed and information in this post is also not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always contact your healthcare provider if you have questions about or are considering making changes to your current medical treatment plan.