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. To be super vigilant about ingredients that have even a small chance of allergic reaction, avoid almond oil, beeswax, and coconut oil for very young babies. If you choose to add essential oils the key is to use the cream between feedings. Wait at least 1 hour to feed baby after applying so baby will NOT ingest any.
DIY Nipple Cream: 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. It also encourages skin regeneration.
DIY Nipple Cream: Essential Oils For Breastfeeding
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
DIY Nipple Cream Recipe
- 1 cup organic olive oil
- ½ cup calendula flowers
- optional ½ cup chamomile flowers
- ½ cup infused oil
- ½ cup organic cocoa butter
- 8 drops essential oils - suggestions: lavender essential oil, chamomile essential oil
- 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.
- Strain the flower pieces out of the 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.
- 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.
It's not hard to mix up this DIY nipple cream, and a little of it lasts for a long time. You can even start using this towards the end of pregnancy to help your skin tissues be healthy and flexible. We hope it will contribute to some happy times with your baby.
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