And while some moms only need expressed breast milk to soothe their breast, having a good nipple cream around can be a lifesaver. I recommend purchasing a quality nipple cream prior to delivery. That way, you aren't sending your hubby to the grocery store in the middle of the night and he comes home with something with pesticides or other substances that can be harmful to the baby and not
helpful to you.
While HPA Lanolin has been the go-to nipple cream in the past, many companies such as Ameda have discontinued carrying this product. Today moms prefer an all-natural approach. While there are several all natural nipple creams out there, moms prefer the soothing of coconut oil. Now, Breastmilk Bandit offers a Natural Nipple Cream from organic extra virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil not only soothes and hydrates nipples, it offers anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties that most nipple creams do not.
So what are the benefits of breast milk and nipple cream besides a soothing feel and hydration? According to research sited below, there is evidence that the presence of ‘epidermal growth factor’ in breast milk has potential therapeutic benefit in promoting the growth and repair of skin cells. Moist wound healing results in wounds healing 50% faster when the internal moisture of the skin is maintained. So, save your money and don't buy a commercial breast compress; but instead put a moist wound healing all natural breast cream like Breastmilk Bandit Nipple Cream on your shopping for baby!
Mohrbacher and Stock (1997)