Has anyone used coconut oil on their nipples instead of lanolin? I have to put lanolin on after every feed to keep my nipples from drying out and it kinda makes me sick to think that baby is sucking down lanolin every time he feeds. I know it's just a very small amount, but I wouldn't want to be eating that stuff. I've heard of people using coconut oil but I'm wondering how comparable to lanolin it is.
I haven't tried it but I'd imagine it would work even better. I have found for general skin care purposes the refined filtered coconut oil which tends to be cheaper is more robust and melts less easily than the virgin raw stuff, it is also less greasy. The virgin raw stuff would probably not provide much of a barrier. Coconut oil also has some antibacterial properties as well so could help to prevent infection from setting in to any cracks that occur. I am vegan so with the new baby will only be using coconut oil xx
I used it at the recommendation of another mum at the health food store when I was searching for an alternative to lanolin as lanolin worked for maybe two or three weeks tops.
Love love coconut oil, I applied it immediately before nursing which I was confident doing. Coconut oil has the second highest level of lauric acid I think it is, to breastmilk which is a key immune booster.
Good to know...the twins and I have been dealing with Thrush for about a month now (I think). No more white spots on them, but I'm still sore. I give them the Nystatin liquid a couple times a day (if I remember) and I put the Nystatin ointment on myself (if I remember).
Good to know I can also use coconut oil. I hate giving them meds!!
It's just an Asian brand we have in the UK, KTC I think. My previous family doctor told me the refined less greasy versions were better for baby and children's skin as well because they are more easily absorbed. I have the biona raw organic brand and its not only very oily and runny it smells incredibly strongly of a toasted coconut kind of smell and you really want to avoid any strong odours when BF even if they are natural, pleasant ones. The way I'd describe it is the refined, filtered one is like vegetable shortening, it's not that greasy, it's quite thick and melts with more difficulty and its a lot more stable however it's stored. In fact the shortening we have here in the UK is virtually identical just its made from pure palm oil and not coconut. The raw version is more like butter or ghee, it's very oily/greasy, has a definite strong scent and if not stored in a very particular way it will spoil. Xx
Hey ladies, I have to caution the use of coconut oil just because it is "natural". Research shows that there seems to be a link between coconut allergies and adverse reactions and those who are allergic to latex. Now mind you that since you're dealing with babies we don't know off the bat just WHO is allergic to latex.
Also check the label carefully because a lot of plants that process coconut also process various tree nuts and as we know those are also big known allergens.
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