nipple creams - apply before baby?


I just bought Aleva Naturals Nursing Balm and it says on the back during the last trimester to apply to nipples daily to soothe dryness and prepare for healthy breast feeding. I'm wondering if that is in fact something I should be doing? I've heard babies can sometimes be picky and they don't like the taste of whatever balm you use. I just wonder if I apply something like this first right off the bat, maybe I won't have a problem with that sort of thing? Or does it really matter, and I can just wait until after the baby is nursing and I start to actually need the cream?
Dec 05, 2014 @ 04:15 pm

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nipple creams

You most certainly can apply before baby's birth; actually that is the proper most preferred way and is recommended.It definitely will not bother the baby.
Mar 02, 2016 @ 06:11 pm

Up to you

I think it's up to you whether you start applying it now or after baby's arrival. If your nipples are presently tender and sore I'd suggest starting now, if not you can wait to apply once breastfeeding. It should not interfere with the breastfeeding process. The idea of a nipple balm is to soothe, you do not have to use it unless you feel soreness and need relief. I used nipple balm intermittently as needed with my child and had no issues.
Mar 02, 2016 @ 06:28 pm


It wouldn't hurt to use it now if you needed to. I used nipple cream when I first started breastfeeding and always applied it before feeding. It said on the bottle I could:)
Mar 02, 2016 @ 07:47 pm


Thanks everyone for the suggestions, though they came over a year late. I guess a lot of people are on the baby forums this time around. The post was moot anyway since I ended up not being able to withstand the pain of breastfeeding (son was severely tongue tied and had an upper lip tie as well) and ended up formula feeding in the hospital. Because of my c-section I got flesh eating disease and was on major antibiotics, so regardless of everything, I wouldn't have been able to breastfeed. Pregnant now with my second, due in June, hoping it goes better, but I don't really have high expectations.
Mar 03, 2016 @ 12:12 am

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