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.
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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!
- 1 cup organic olive oil
- ½ cup calendula flowers
- optional ½ cup chamomile flowers
- Use a double boiler, or make one by setting a glass jar or measuring cup in a medium pot with 1-2 inches of water. Bring the water to boiling then turn down to med/med-high.
- Make the infused oil by putting the olive oil and flowers into a double boiler and letting it heat on low for several hours. You should see the oil slightly change color and take on the smell of the herbs.
- CROCKPOT METHOD – If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a crockpot on low heat to allow the oil to infuse. I usually use a wide-mouth, pint-sized jar, and put in enough hot water to come more than halfway up the side of the jar. Let it sit for about 4 hours.
- Once the oil is fully infused, strain the flower pieces out of the oil using a jelly strainer held over a glass measuring cup. Squeeze out all the infused oil, and reserve that precious oil to use in the cream recipe.
- ½ cup calendula-infused oil
- ½ cup organic cocoa butter
- 2 ounces of beeswax OR shea butter (optional) if a thicker product is desired
- 8 drops essential oils – suggestions: lavender essential oil, chamomile essential oil
- Melt together the infused oil and cocoa butter. If using, melt the beeswax also.
- When melted, remove from heat and add essential oil.
- Store the cream in a sterilized glass jar. It should last for up to 6 months if not sitting in sunlight.
- Apply a thin layer to your dry nipples and areola between feedings.
- For even more soothing benefits, cool the cream in your refrigerator before applying it.
- To have a super smooth balm, just use the infused oil.
- 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.
- 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.
- You can use this to soothe when using a washcloth to roughen nipples before the baby is born in preparation for breastfeeding.
- 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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