Best Nipple Cream for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Available in Singapore

Best Nipple Cream for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Available in Singapore

Women's bodies go through a lot of changes during pregnancy and after, and more often than not, these changes cause some pain and discomfort: including sore nipples. To help mums and mums-to-be find the best nipple cream for pregnancy and breastfeeding, we've narrowed down the best-reviewed brands.

Sore and cracked nipples can be very excruciating. It may look like a tiny skin irritation, but it's not something that should be taken lightly. If left untreated, it could cause significant discomforts such as swollen breasts and mastitis and will most likely affect your milk production. Before diving into the best nipple cream and treatment suggestions, let's discover the causes and symptoms of sore and cracked nipples. 

 

Common Causes of Sore and Cracked Nipples

Milk blisters

Also known as bleb and nipple blisters, milk blisters happen when a tiny layer of skin blocks the milk duct opening. As a result, milk gets stuck under the skin, causing a painful white, yellow or clear dot on the nipple or areola. The pain is usually centred on that spot and the area behind it. Although the pain can be intense, you must continue nursing and pumping, as usual, to avoid further engorgement because it may take days for the skin to peel off spontaneously. Another reason for milk blisters is when the milk duct is blocked by a layer of hardened "semi-solidified" breastmilk. This, however, can easily be peeled off (gently) with tissue paper or a fingernail.

Thrush

Thrush is a common fungal (yeast) infection that thrives on the lactose in milk and can affect both mum and baby. The medical term for this condition is candidiasis. It causes nipples to burn and feel sore, itchy or crusty. Thrush has a few common risk factors such as wearing damp nipple pads for an extended period; wearing plastic-lined nipple pads which restrict airflow to the nipple area; vaginal yeast infection, diabetes or anaemia in the mother; use of pacifier in the baby; and nipple cracks which expose the skin to yeast and bacteria, to name a few. 

Poor Latching

Breastfeeding takes practice for both you and your baby. You'll know when your baby is not latching correctly if your nipple hurts during breastfeeding. An improper latch can feel like your baby is chewing or sucking on your nipple when his mouth should be open wide around your areola. Learn more about proper latching here

 

Tongue tie

Tongue tie is a common medical condition that is present at birth. It happens when the frenulum is too short or tight, restricting the movement of the tongue. Some babies with tongue ties can breastfeed well from the start, with improved positioning and attachment. However, breastfeeding difficulties may occur for babies with more severe tongue ties (shorter and tighter frenulum). This causes poor latching on the breast. 

 

Symptoms of Sore and Cracked Nipples

Sore and cracked nipples happen not only in the first few months but for as long as you are breastfeeding. So to enjoy a smooth sailing breastfeeding journey, always take note of these common symptoms:

 

Dry and Cracked Skin 

Frequent breastfeeding may cause the sensitive skin on the nipple to become dry and cracked. Pay attention if your nipples feel extra sensitive and somewhat crusty.

Pain/Soreness/Discomfort

Breastfeeding shouldn't be painful. Latch-on pain is normal and shouldn't last more than 30 seconds. If you feel this pain, with no cracks or blisters, and your nipples look the same before and after every feeding, there is nothing to worry about. However, if you feel excruciating pain throughout the feeding, between feedings, have developed blisters and cracks, and especially if the pain continues for many days, you should seek professional help because this is NOT NORMAL in breastfeeding. Contact your trusted breastfeeding consultant, or you can also seek advice from the Breastfeeding Mothers' Support Group

Redness

Redness on the nipples is often associated with thrush. So beware of this symptom, especially if it is accompanied by pain. Thrush is caused by a yeast infection and may come from yourself or your baby. To know if your baby is infected, check for white spots on the inside of your baby's cheeks or see if he has a persistent diaper rash. On the other hand, the infection may come from you if you have clumpy white discharge or extreme vaginal itchiness. 

Bleeding

Poor latching can cause bleeding cuts and will cause discomfort during breastfeeding. Seek help from a breastfeeding consultant if the bleeding continues for too long.

Oozing

Oozing (nipple discharge filled with pus) during breastfeeding is usually caused by an infection. It is often accompanied by redness and pain. 

 

 

Treatment for Sore and Cracked Nipples

The symptoms above may be overwhelming, but don't let them scare you away from breastfeeding your baby. Not all mums go through every single pain, and you'd be glad to know that there are effective home remedies to treat most of the symptoms above. These are remedies practised by mums and recommended by breastfeeding experts.

Salt Water Rinse

This is also known as normal saline and can be easily prepared at home. 

Warm Compress

This can be done with a warm and moist washcloth. Also, applying a warm compress on your breasts/nipples before and after feeding helps soothe the pain.

Apply Freshly Expressed Breastmilk to the Affected Area

Breastmilk contains Vitamin E, which is effective in healing the skin. But never apply Vitamin E oil from a capsule as it can be toxic to your baby. This method also should be avoided if you have thrush as it thrives in milk.

Apply A Medical Grade Ointment, or Nipple Cream

We'd say this is a must-have throughout your breastfeeding days. Most nipple ointments or creams are made of natural and baby-safe ingredients, so you don't have to wash them off before feeding. A good nipple cream doesn't only soothe your pain but also helps speed up your recovery.

 

Choosing the Right Nipple Cream for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

 

To help you choose a suitable nipple cream for sore nipples while breastfeeding, we have shortlisted the top 7 best nipple creams available on the market. The best nipple cream for pregnancy and breastfeeding should be qualified based on the below criteria:

  • Quality ingredients that are safe for you and your baby
  • The cream's texture should not feel greasy or oily on the skin. Lanolin creams are often thicker in feel and consistency but can protect throughout the day. Blended lanolin creams usually have a lighter texture that is easier to apply but may require reapplication throughout the day.
  • Smell and taste because babies are susceptible during the first few months of birth, and a strong smell/taste may lead to latching issues in the baby 

 

Best Nipple Creams in Singapore

Mama's Choice Intensive Nipple Cream Review:

Best Budget and Halal Nipple Cream

Best Nipple Cream Singapore - Mamas Choice Intensive Nipple Cream

Why it's great

Unlike other brands that utilise only lanolin as the core ingredient, Mama's Choice is made of 100% natural ingredients, is free from harmful chemicals and is of food-grade quality. As a result, you never have to worry about your baby accidentally ingesting the nipple cream anymore. This product has also been extensively tested by dermatologists in Singaporean labs so that you know that you are paying for a quality product that is safe for both mother and baby.

Mama's Choice Intensive Nipple Cream is also halal-certified, perfect for Muslim mothers. 

For parents looking for a brand made with the highest quality ingredients, we highly recommend Mama's Choice Intensive Nipple Cream. 

Features that we love:

Quality ingredients

  • Date palm, with its antioxidant properties, helps to moisture and reduce the chance of dry and cracked nipples.
  • Coconut oil helps to moisturise, nourish and soften the nipple 
  • Shea butter promotes collagen regeneration that heals cracked and dry nipples caused by changes in your body during pregnancy or from breastfeeding
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E) moisturises and helps to strengthen the skin around the nipple

Feel and texture

  • Smooth and light texture that does not feel greasy or uncomfortable on the skin
  • Hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested safe for mothers with all skin types

Smell or taste

  • Odourless and tasteless, ensuring that your baby will have no trouble latching on and breastfeeding will be a pleasurable experience for both of you

Price

  • Mama's Choice Intensive Nipple Cream from $12.90

 

Medela Purelan™ - Lanolin Cream Review:

Best Multi-Purpose Nipple Cream

 

Top 7 nipple creams in Singapore - Medela Purelan™ - Lanolin Cream

Why it's great

Purelan Lanolin Cream is made of 100% lanolin. What makes Purelan stand out is the fact that the lanolin it uses is sourced from ethically sourced mulesing-free farms. We love that the products we use are not subject to the suffering of animals. 

This Medela nipple cream is also effective in helping to moisturise a variety of dry skin areas, such as chapped lips, dry hands and cuticles, elbows and cracked heels. 

Quality ingredients

  • 100% ultra-pure ethically sourced lanolin is the single ingredient in Medela Purelan with no additives and preservatives
  • Hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin of mom or child
  • Safe for ingestion so no need to remove from the nipple before breastfeeding

Consistency/texture

  • Thick and rich texture that is quick to be absorbed into the skin yet does not leave an oily or greasy effect on your skin

Smell or taste

  • Odourless and tasteless with no additive or fragrance so that even the fussiest baby will accept it

Price

  • Medela Purelan Nipple Cream (37g) from $19.90

 

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream Review:

Most Doctor-Recommended Nipple Cream

Top 7 nipple creams in Singapore - Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream 

Why it's great

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream is the #1 recommended breastfeeding cream by moms and doctors in the USA. It is clinically tested to be safe for your baby.

Quality ingredients

  • 100% HPA® Modified Lanolin, which is 100% natural with no preservatives, parabens, fragrance or taste
  • Hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin of mom or child
  • Safe for ingestion so there is no need to remove from the nipple before breastfeeding

Consistency/texture    

  • A thick texture that is easy to apply - we have never tried Lansinoh, but it is reported to have a nicer feel and texture than Medela or Ardo
  • May leave easily removable stains that can be removed with detergent  

Smell or taste

  • Odourless and tasteless with no additive or fragrance, it will be accepted by even the fussiest baby

Price

  • Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream 40 g from $24 

 

Pigeon Nipple Care Cream Review:

Best for Value

Top 7 nipple creams in Singapore - Pigeon Nipple Care Cream

 

Why it's great

Pigeon is one of the market leaders when it comes to motherhood breastfeeding products. Pigeon is a good nipple cream as it can prevent and relieve sore nipples that come from breastfeeding and also add moisture to the nipples to protect against dryness. If you urgently need a nipple care cream, Pigeon Nipple Care Cream can be found at Guardian stores in Singapore. 

Features that we love:

Quality ingredients

  • 100% ultra-pure lanolin
  • Hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin of mom or child
  • Safe for ingestion so there is no need to remove from the nipple before breastfeeding

Consistency/texture

  • A thick, non-greasy texture that soothes dryness and cracked skin quickly as the lanolin in the cream helps to retain moisture in the skin

Smell or taste

  • No flavours and fragrances added

Price

  • Pigeon Nipple Care Cream (50g) from 18.90

 

Ardo Lanolin Nipple Repair Cream Review:

Best for Moisturising Skin

Top 7 nipple creams in Singapore - Ardo Lanolin Nipple Repair Cream

 

Why it's great

Ardo is Swiss-made high-grade nipple cream. This nipple cream is a famous European brand, which has helped many mums with nipple issues like dryness and sensitiveness. So Ardo is a well-known brand to get up the natural moisture level of your skin and is highly recommended by my medical specialists.

Features that we love:

Quality ingredients

  • Swiss-made, no additives or preservatives added and does not harm the baby if accidentally swallowed.
  • Lanolin which is closest to human skin fat and replenishes it naturally.

Consistency/texture

  • Very smooth and non-greasy. No need to wash hands after use as it leaves no residue

Smell or taste

  • Odourless and tasteless, so practically making it hypoallergenic. 

 

Organic Nipple Butter Breastfeeding Cream by Earth Mama Review:

Best Organic Nipple Cream

Top 7 nipple creams in Singapore - Organic Nipple Butter Breastfeeding Cream by Earth Mama
Why it's great

This product is a highly recommended product around the world by mums. It is made from organic beeswax so we would highly recommend this brand, as it is 100% natural and chosen by NICU's in various hospitals across the world.

Features that we love:

Quality ingredients

  • Organic Beeswax which can help make the skin smooth and non-greasy
  • Organic CocoaSeed butter & Organic Mango Seed Butter helps soothe the skin and remove any dryness
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract, which removes any irritation from the skin
  • Lanolin free
  • First Non-GMO Project Verified nipple cream, so you know that it is perfectly safe if your baby ingests the nipple butter.
  • Dermatologist and Clinically Tested for skin irritation in the mother

Consistency/texture

  • Non-sticky, non-greasy texture

Smell or taste

  • Fragrance-free and tasteless

 

Upspring Organic Nipple Balm Review:

Best Natural Nipple Cream

Best nipple creams in Singapore - Upspring Organic Nipple Balm

Why it's great

Upspring Organic Nipple Balm is made with 100% organic coconut oil and other food-grade organic ingredients to soothe and soften nursing nipples. Lactation consultants highly recommend it.

 

Features that we love:

Quality ingredients

  • Organic coconut oil is nature's perfect healing ointment 
  • Calendula extract contains antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that are known to be useful in healing wounds and soothing skin irritations
  • Free from lanolin, petroleum, paraben, gluten and GMOs
  • Skin-friendly plant-based ingredients include sunflower seed oil, shea butter, cocoa seed butter, calendula flower extract, and rosemary seed extract

Consistency/texture

  • Light and non-greasy

Smell or taste

  • Fragrance-free

 

How to Prevent Sore and Cracked Nipples

 

Breastfeeding indeed comes with different kinds of challenges, even for experienced mummies! Each child is different, so you have to learn to manage your expectations with every little bub that you're blessed with. We always recommend our fellow mummies to prepare themselves with a good amount of breastfeeding knowledge before the arrival of your little one, so you won't panic should you ever experience any hiccup. 

Here are some helpful tips to prevent nipple pain from pregnancy all the way into your breastfeeding journey: 

  • Ensure proper latching when breastfeeding.
  • Hand-express some breast milk before feeding the baby to avoid engorgement.
  • Wash breasts with warm water only. Avoid soap as it could cause dryness.
  • Wear breast pads made from natural materials.
  • Let your baby unlatch from the breasts naturally.
  • Avoid wearing bras that are too tight as it may cause friction.

We hope this list helps you decide on the right nipple cream for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Continue reading on tips on caring for sore nipples during breastfeeding to further understand how best to prevent discomfort throughout your journey.

 

Price Comparison

Here's a price comparison of the best nipple creams on the market for your quick reference:

Best nipple cream in Singapore

Editor's Note: Each item and price is up to date at the time of publication. However, an item may be sold out or the price may be different at a later date.