Lansinoh Cream

Lansinoh Lanolin Breast Cream
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The Bottom Line

This "lotion" or cream is great for healing sore nipples or nipples that are cracked from breastfeeding. It can also be used to soften or moisten nipples prior to breastfeeding.


  • Preservative free.
  • Single ingredient
  • Great for moist wound healing on the breasts and other locations.
  • Doesn't require that you wash it off before breastfeeding.


  • Expensive.
  • This should not be used if you are allergic or sensitive to lanolin, or wool.
  • Can stain clothing, use with breast pads


  • Moist wound healer for nipples.
  • Can be used without washing in between feedings.
  • Very pure form of lanolin.
  • Approved by La Leche League International for breastfeeding mothers and babies.
  • Very thick product that is not always easy to get on, warming it between your hands can help make it easier to spread.

Guide Review - Lansinoh

Lansinoh is made from lanolin in a very pure and safe form. This is only lanolin, with no preservatives. The good news is, that unlike other treatments for sore nipples, Lansinoh does not need to be washed off prior to feeding your baby. You only need a small amount of the Lansinoh to cover the entire nipple area, so the tube will last you for a very long time. Though I would recommend getting a new tube for every baby, just because anything that is opened will be contaminated. (Think of how make up even expires and you're not ingesting it.)

You can use Lansinoh as often as you like. Many moms choose to use it after every feeding. Lansinoh helps the breast to heal, though you may still need to address any breastfeeding problems like a poor latch. So, if you do have breastfeeding problems that are causing nipple pain, remember that this is literally and figuratively a topic solution - you really need the help of a lactation consultant (IBCLC) to identify the cause of the problem.

If you skip this step, no cream or lotion will be helpful for very long.

I also have always kept a sample tube in my diaper bag. This is great in a pinch to use for nipple pain or even chapped lips (yours or baby's)! Babies also can get chapped faces, this product can be helpful for multiple purposes.

As mentioned above, there is an expiration date on this product. You can find it at the crimped end of the tube. It is stamped there. You should realize that this is considered an expiration date and not a sell by date. If you order this product online, check this when your product arrives to make sure that the time is sufficiently far away.

The thickness of this product is different from what most mothers are expecting. This is simply the nature of lanolin. But, if you are not careful you can actually put a lot of pressure on your nipples when trying to apply the ointment. (Cream is a bit of a misnomer in my mind.) I try to put a small amount between my thumb and forefinger and rub it together to warm it us, which makes it easier to rub into the nipple. Remember, if your nipple is sore, you don't want to add any more pressure than necessary. This should be enough to make the application feel comfortable.

Be sure to have something nearby to wipe your fingers on. Cloth works best because this is meant to cling to your skin.