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Breastfeeding can be difficult, but it is also very rewarding. This homemade nipple cream can help make your skin tissues healthy and flexible to prevent painful cracks and chapping that cause pain during breastfeeding.

Of course, you want to be super careful with anything that might be ingested by your baby. You can make this homemade nipple cream fully organic by purchasing organic ingredients.

Safe Ingredients for Homemade Nipple Cream

The top three ingredients in this homemade nipple cream that will help you and not hurt your baby are calendula, olive oil, and cocoa butter.

  • Calendula, a member of the marigold family, has natural chemicals that fight inflammation, bacteria, and viruses. It has been used for many years to treat skin problems.
  • Cocoa butter has antioxidants and beneficial organic molecules that provides quick, soothing relief and protects the skin.
  • Olive oil moisturizes as it fights off infection and thrush. Olive oil also encourages skin regeneration.

These moisturizing, soothing ingredients are safe and healthy for mom and baby alike!

Here are some other great products for babies that you can easily make at home: diaper rash cream, baby lotion, and body wash for kids.

Homemade Nipple Cream For Breastfeeding Moms

Calendula-Infused Oil
  1. Fill a saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, then turn down to medium-high.
  2. Place the olive oil, calendula flowers, and chamomile flowers (if using) into a double boiler or glass jar. Set inside the saucepan.
  3. Allow the mixture to heat on low for several hours. When done, the oil will change color and take on the smell of the herbs.
  4. Using a jelly strainer held over a glass measuring cup, strain the flower pieces. Squeeze the flowers to get all of the infused oil out.
  5. Reserve to use in the nipple cream.
Crockpot Method:
If you don't have a double boiler, you can use a crockpot.
Place the ingredients in a glass jar, and set inside the slow cooker.
Fill the crockpot with 1-2 inches of water, or until half of the jar is covered.
Let the mixture heat for 4 hours on low, then strain as usual.

Homemade Nipple Cream with Essential Oils for Breastfeeding Moms
  1. Fill a saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and place over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the calendula-infused oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax (if using) in a double boiler or glass jar. Set in the saucepan and heat until melted.
  3. Once the ingredients are melted, remove from heat and stir in the essential oils.
  4. Pour into a sterilized salve container or jar.
  5. To use, apply a thin area to your dry nipples and areola in between feedings.
  6. For more soothing benefits, store this cream in the refrigerator.


  1. To have a super smooth balm, just use the infused oil.
  2. For a soft balm, mix equal parts infused oil with cocoa butter. If it’s too hard for your liking, just add more of the calendula-infused oil to your mixture.
  3. A harder balm can be made by adding more cocoa butter or (if your baby is a bit older) unbleached beeswax. For the beeswax try half the amount of oil you started with and adjust from there to your liking.
  4. You can use this to soothe when using a washcloth to roughen nipples before the baby is born in preparation for breastfeeding.
  5. This is the perfect cream to use during what I call the “razer blade” days of breastfeeding – about the first two weeks postpartum. I apply after every feeding to help ease the transition. Once that initial pain lessons, you’ll be able to nurse indefinitely.

Here are some suggestions of essential oils you can use diluted in a carrier oil or in the homemade nipple cream.

  • Clary sage – to start production (Mama Z starts at 36-38 weeks pregnant and stops this mixture after birth)
  • Chamomile, lavender, geranium, & tea tree – for comfort and soothing
  • Fennel, basil & lavender – to increase production
  • Sage – to decrease production
  • Lavender, tea tree, patchouli, orange – to stop or prevent mastitis

It’s not hard to mix up this homemade nipple cream, and a little of it lasts for a long time. We hope it will contribute to some happy times with your baby.

When you add essential oils it can help with specific breastfeeding issues depending on the essential oils or blend of oils that are used. When adding essential oils, the key is to use the cream between feedings. Because essential oils are absorbed or dissipate within approximately 2 hours, I apply this cream immediately after breastfeeding and don’t have to worry about any residue left by the next feeding time.


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