Lansinoh HPA Lanolin
What: Nipple Cream
Price: $23.99 for 50g
Age: For Breastfeeding Mums
Nipple Balm - Breastfeeding - For Mum
COMPANY PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
Clinically proven to accelerate healing
No need to remove before breastfeeding
Hypoallergenic and preservative free
PAED PREFERRED REVIEW:
Clearly, Lansinoh hasn’t been used by me personally, but for a long time has been the preferred nipple balm used by the majority of my babies’ mothers.
Lansinoh has one ingredient only – Lanolin. The lanolin used in humans is a wax secreted from the sweat glands of sheep.
Parents generally report Lansinoh to be a thickish ointment, having a more “medical” feel than other nipple balms (although not thought to be more effective in the literature – see below), and is easier to apply if warmed beforehand.
Mothers generally feel reassured that the thicker application will reduce pain, especially with bra wearing, although again this appears to be anecdotal reporting rather than scientifically proven. Packaging looks more medical than cosmetic.
Cost varies depending on retailer, but a 50g tube is about $23.99. Only small amounts are required per application, and so cost-effectiveness is reasonable.
What is the Evidence?
A systematic review (Dennis CL, Jackson K, Watson J Interventions for treating painful nipples among breastfeeding women Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014) evaluated the effectiveness of glycerine gel dressings, breast pads with lanolin, lanolin alone, or an all-purpose nipple ointment containing topical antibiotic/antifungal/steroid. The review concluded that none of these interventions were clearly effective in alleviating nipple pain in breastfeeding mothers, and that nipple pain decreased significantly by 7 to 10 days after delivery regardless of the intervention.