May 2008

The FDA has issued a warning warning women not to use Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream. It contains ingredients which may be harmful to babies. You can read about more about it here. If you are looking for a new brand of nipple cream, you might want to try Lansinoh Brand Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers (assuming you have no sensitivities to lanolin). You can also try using your own breastmilk. It has antibacterial properties which may accelerate healing of sore or cracked nipples. After you finish feeding your baby, express a few drops of milk and rub it gently into the skin.


To all of you breastfeeding fans who are attuned to the subtleties of language: you are going to love this classic article by Diane Weissinger, MS, IBCLC, suggesting we stop talking about the “Benefits of Breastfeeding” and start talking about “The risks of NOT breastfeeding instead.” It blew my mind when I read it for the first time.

And if you loved that article and want to read MORE about how language and images we use affect the public perception of breastfeeding, hie thee to you local library and check out Jack Newman and Theresa Pitman’s Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers. You’ll find a chapter dedicated to dissecting the messages we get about breastfeeding and formula feeding from media and from formula company brochures. [In one trick formula feeding mothers pictured on brochures wear wedding rings; breastfeeding mothers do not.]