Coconut Oil for Nursing Mothers

by Carrie Raab on September 27, 2012

Coconut Oil for Nursing Mothers

Breastfeeding is a beautiful way to nourish your baby as well as create a special bond that will last a lifetime. But sometimes, breastfeeding HURTS!

New mamas as well as experienced mamas with a new baby all seem to have one common complaint about breastfeeding. Sore, cracked, and sometimes bleeding nipples. It is no fun and far too often is the reason that new mother gives up on breastfeeding. It doesn’t have to be that way!

What can you do to help those poor nipples of yours? Coconut oil!

 

I recently posted 333 Uses for Coconut Oil on my blog. If you are interested in reading more about this godsend then please go check out that post. In the meantime, let me tell you how coconut oil will save your cracked and bleeding nipples.

Here is a quick coconut oil introduction.

  • Coconut oil is antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory.
  • It has been used for thousands of years for just about everything in tropical countries.
  • It is the most nourishing oil you can put onto your skin and into your body.
  • Pure virgin (unrefined) coconut oil’s small molecular structure allows for easy absorption through the skin and into the cell structure of the connective tissues.

Now, about those sore nipples. You guessed it! Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is really pretty amazing in helping to quickly heal and then protect damaged and sore nipples. I must warn you that it will temporarily leave an oily blotch on clothing so you might want to give some consideration to the method I use.

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After breastfeeding, soak a cotton ball with coconut oil. If your coconut oil is solid then scoop a little into a glass container and place it in a bowl of hot water it for a few minutes to soften it up. It works just fine in either a liquid or more solid state so use it whichever way you prefer. I just scoop it out and plop it on the cotton ball. Place a second cotton ball over the first and then using cloth medical tape, secure the cotton ball (coconut oil side down) onto your nipple and surrounding area. Leave it there until your next breastfeeding session. Repeat. Keep doing this until you and your baby have mastered breastfeeding and/or you are no longer in discomfort and/or your nipples have healed.

Did I mention that coconut oil is TOTALLY safe for baby? So, no need to aggravate your angry nipples more by rinsing off other creams. Just rip off gently remove the tape and cotton ball and pop baby on. Voila!

Coconut oil is also great when you have nipple blisters. If you have never had one then consider yourself lucky. Most breastfeeding moms will get at least once at some point. These little clearish blisters hurt like no other!!!!! My approach is to soak a cotton ball in WARM coconut oil, leave it on for an hour, reapply another cotton ball with more WARM oil for another hour, and then pop the blister with a sterilized needle. The coconut oil softens the blister making it super simple to pop (it does not hurt to do this) and it also has already begun sanitizing the area. After popping the blister, rub the nipple with gratuitous amounts of coconut oil and keep clothing and baby off of it for about 30 minutes. This should clear it right up…until the next one.

About Hybrid Rasta Mama

Jennifer, author of Hybrid Rasta Mama, is a former government recruiter turned stay-at-home mama to a precious daughter (“Tiny”) brought earthside in early 2009. She is passionate about conscious parenting, natural living, holistic health/wellness, real foods, and a Waldorf inspired approach to education. Jennifer is committed to breastfeeding (especially extended breastfeeding), bed-sharing, cloth diapering, green living, babywearing, peaceful parenting, playful parenting, and getting children outside. She is a hybrid parent, taking a little of this, throwing in a little of that, and blending it all together to create a parenting style that is centered on what her daughter needs in order to flourish as a human being. Jennifer also lives and breathes reggae music, the Rastafarian culture and way of life. Reggae music and its message touches her soul.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa Ensor January 30, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Have you ever heard of a connection between eating more coconut oil and boosting your milk supply? I’ve recently been using it in raw desserts and my supply has gone way up! any thoughts?

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Meg November 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Great tip!

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Karen September 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Great advice! I’m expecting my second baby in March. I remember how sore I was initially when I began nursing my son. I still have some of the cream I used with him, but I like this idea much better. It seems like it would be less sticky and better absorbed into the skin, plus the healing properties of the coconut oil. I’m going to make up a little kit with medical tape, cotton balls, coconut oil and sew up some extra pads that I will use only when using the oil to protect my clothing. Thank you for the inspiration!

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Carrie Raab October 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Thank you!!! Blessings! :)

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