Nipples – let’s talk about them. In today’s society they have become incredibly sexualised, and their actual purpose probably doesn’t get the attention it deserves. So when it comes time for new mums to breastfeed, many give up quite quickly as it’s no easy task. And when you have hormones racing, it can be difficult to ask for help when things aren’t quite right or panning out the way you thought they would.
First of all you’ve got to deal with the fact that you’re getting the girls out in front of strangers, something I just couldn’t fathom and so resorted to a feeding cover. Second, you can’t actually tell how much milk your new baby is getting so you have the stress of that on you if they are crying a lot or wanting to feed constantly.
Or you can develop Mastitis, a nasty complication that can leave you with fevers, pain and requiring antibiotics.
And then quite possibly on top of these and other feeding issues, you can have a baby that just doesn’t get how to feed (hey, it’s a learning curve!) and you end up with cracked, sore and bleeding nipples from them not latching properly, despite trying your best to help them. None of this is a picnic in the park. Yes you can use formula if you want, but for those mums who want to breastfeed exclusively, it really can be draining on your mental state as you try desperately to feed your little one but at the same time shake with just the thought of the pain as you prepare for each feed – which for a newborn can be upwards of 8 times a day.
Gaia’s Nipple Balm is a product that won’t completely solve these problems, but it at least points you in the right direction. First of all, it is 100% safe for human consumption, so you don’t need to worry about your baby ingesting it as they feed.
There is no limit to how much or how often you apply it, so it’s completely up to you as to what is required to ease your pain. As a current breastfeeding mum to a 3 week old, I’ve been applying it after every shower and then before and after feeds if I’m feeling tender, which is most of the time right now. It just helps to keep the skin soft and tender and more resistant to those baby gums desperate for food.
It has no odour so I’m not put off by intense scents, and the balm itself is free from lanolin, petrochemicals and mineral oil. It’s made from organic oils including sunflower and avocado. Best of all, you only need a tiny amount at a time. This is good considering the size of the package, but I’d safely say one tube would get me through breastfeeding one child to the end. Money well spent to protect such a delicate area of your body.