Home Remedies for Cracked Nipples

Red, inflamed or cracked nipples make wearing clothes uncomfortable and can have a big impact on your day expecially if you are breast feeding mom! Breast feeding mothers are most likely to suffer from dry, cracked and painful nipples but just about anyone can experience the same nipple irritation from time to time even if they are not breast feeding.

Soothing nipple cracks and irritation is a top priority for those experiencing the discomfort and many times people will reach for just about anything to soothe and heal. The key is to moisturize and soothe without keeping the nipple overly wet because this will only worsen the symptoms.

Home remedies abound with tips and ideas for relief. I learned an old fashioned, make it yourself remedy for nipple cream that is tried and true! It will ease irritation and moisturize those irritated and cracked nipples easily. Since this is an old fashioned recipe it is more trusted and relied upon for optimum results.

To create this cream simply combine the below ingredients and store in a container. Apply to the nipples when needed.
24 grams of white wax
80 grams of sweet almond oil
40 grams of clarified honey
25 grams of balsam peru

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of obtaining hard to find ingredients you can try a more simplistic approach. For this recipe all you need is honey or lanolin mixed with olive oil. Apply this mixture to moisturize the nipple, it will help to heal and prevent future cracking.

Some other noted home remedies for cracked and sore nipples referenced on the web are Calendula cream, chamomilla and pulsatilla if you are interested in learning about more remedies and options.

If you are experiencing cracked nipples while breast feeding just remember the most common reason for nipple cracking is wrongly positioning the baby. Additionally wet breast pads and lack of moisture can contribute to the problem.

Keep breasts clean and dry but avoid washing constantly with soap as it will only dry you out more. Just rinse breasts with warm water when you are cleaning them. Also, consider allowing breasts to be exposed to fresh air occasionally, all skin needs to breathe. Lastly, when you experience nipple pain or cracking allow the baby to feed on the more healthy breast first. This will make milk flow more easily from the injured breast and will eliminate further irritation.