Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Homemade Nipple Butter




Being 2 weeks out from having a baby and breastfeeding the whole time has taken a bit of a toll on my poor nipples. We are dealing with a few cracks and overall slight pain due to his strong suck. So I've been using the heck out of nipple creams/butters. A tube of lanolin is about $8 and I bought a 1oz tub of Motherlove Nipple Cream, but that was $10. It adds up fast.

I have no idea how long I'll need nipple cream, but I figured it was worth it to figure out how to make my own and do it myself. So here is an EASY recipe!
(Links are exact items used)



2 parts Coconut Oil
2 parts Shea Butter
1 part Beeswax

I used everything above except for about 2 small chunks of the Beeswax.

I started by shredding the beeswax, but it was taking forever, so I just cut it up.

I used 1 bar of Beeswax (minus the 2 chunks) and then roughly 2oz of coconut and 2oz of shea. Give or take. Not an exact science.

DIRECTIONS
1. Create a double boiler on the stove and get it boiling. 
2. Put in coconut oil and melt
3. Add in shea and melt
4. Add in beeswax and fully melt (this one takes the longest)
5. Take off heat and let cool a little
6. Pour into container of choice and let cool overnight

Then just cap it and use it! It's really soft!!




The above amounts got me 4oz of cream. I used an old baby food jar. 
If you want more, up the amounts.

This would make a great new mommy gift :)


57 comments:


Marcia Lee said...

Thank you for making and sharing your recipe for Homemade Nipple Butter. Upon reading the ingredients it's a wonder that anyone would want to buy it from a store. All of these ingredients are natural with no chemicals and if you've made other homemade creams or lotions, you would already have these ingredients on hand.


Puddles and Poop said...

I love this. I am less than 3 weeks away from having my baby girl and I am already trying to prepare myself for our breastfeeding journey together. I will definitely be making this as I know how sore I can get from breastfeeding. Thank you!

Erin K. (erinknack08@yahoo.com)


ATLmama said...

Thank you for this recipe. It looks smooth and soothing. I'll try it when I run out of Lansinoh.


MidgeLidge said...

Thanks for posting this! I have been interested in buy some natural products, but I would love to make my own!


Nadeem Malik said...

Awesome, I'm going to try this for my first who is due any day!--- Jessica Malik


Erica Nunes said...

Thank you for providing this recipe!!! I'm due with my first in July and decided on Motherlove nipple cream over Earth Mama Angel Baby based on the reviews I read, though it seems like both could work very, very well. There were enough people who like Motherlove over the other that it seemed worth going for it. What's your opinion on how this recipe compares to either of the other two brands?


Heather S said...

Erica, I have the Motherlove and really like it, it goes on so soft and smooth and is easy to get out of the container. Since it's cold and winter, this one is a bit hard because of the coconut oil, but healing wise I prefer this homemade one. Coconut oil is a great antimicrobial so it's wonderful for keeping thrush and infection at bay!


Brittany Parzych said...

Thanks for this! I had really bad cracking the first time around and lanolin didn't help much at the beginning. I may make some of this and give it a try with this baby.


Amanda O said...

I always heard that coconut oil was great for diaper rash but never once thought about using it for your nipples! Here i've always bought the $10 tube of lansinol! lol


gorda361 said...

this wouldve really came in handy when i had my 3 kids but ill pass it on to my best friend she is havn her first kid


Maryann D. said...

This sounds great and useful. I wish I knew how to make this when I was nursing, I had a lot of problems.
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Wendi S said...

That's a great idea and it does seem easy to make. Where would you buy Shea.


carissa joslyn said...

This is really awesome. I wish I saw/knew about this while I was still nursing! BUT if I ever have another kid, I'll know! thanks!


Tammy Woodall said...

Its been a while since I had my little one and this would have definitely helped. However, I'm going to pass this information along to my friend who just had a little girl. Thanks for the information.


Shan said...

Due in Aug, and I'm sure I'll need some! My sister is always willing to help me make things that are natural, so this is going on to make list!


Lacey said...

I'm due in September and sure that this will come in handy once we start breastfeeding.


Alexandra Prosser said...

Great idea! Will keep this in mind...for me and for friends too. Love not having to go out and buy $$$ creams. Less ingredients the better me and baby feel about it! :)


Diane Cooper said...

I am so very thankful I stumbled across this post! My daughter is expecting her third child any day now and she has had terribly sore and cracked nipples while breastfeeding the other two. And you are right, you can spend a small fortune on the products to give relief - or you can make your own. I am definitely going to make this in the next few days for her to have on hand. Thanks for the recipe!


Shannon said...

Thank you for this recipe, this is great for mommies.


Jordan Carroll said...

Love natural home remedies and all things home made! Thank you for the recipe!! :)


Jenni said...

What a great recipe! Thank you! They do charge a lot for nipple cream. I will definitely make this.


Hannah Ballou said...

i like the basis of this recipe! i might try adding vitamin E for its healing properties. Also i wonder about putting a tiny bit of yarrow extract in it since it is such a powerful healing plant. will probably have to check on safety for baby on that one but for sure some vitamin e. thanks for sharing.


Beth R said...

This looks a lot easier to make than I thought it would. I know some mommy friends would could definitely use this.


Synaptrix777 said...

I love this, I've never seen a recipe for nipple cream before! Does this keep well? It's so great to make what we can instead of buying things that are overpriced anyways.


Phelank said...

Thank you for this recipe. I am 6 months into nursing baby 2 and I just found out we are expecting baby 3. I will definitely need to stock up on this stuff!


Sonia Mishra said...

I would have never thought to use beeswax. I might make a batch of this and try it out.


Heather S said...

I made mine in January and it's still holding up well in mid May. Thankfully I don't really need it anymore, but I also use it as diaper rash cream and eczema cream as well.


melissabowers said...

This is a great idea! I never thought of making my own.


tull3b3ll3 said...

This is great! I'm not terribly DIY-friendly, but this seems like even I could make it!


Annie1 said...

My "baby" is having her first baby in the new year and I'm trying to find all of the helpful things that I can for her.

I'm going to bookmark this for future use; I love that its all natural!

Thanks

RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor


Melissa said...

That's really simple and nice! I can't wait to whip up a batch!


[Whatever U are, be a good one!] said...

I just had my first baby and I'm suffering this pain too. Lucky me, I found this awesome topic from Your blog. Can't wait to make an try it soon! Love it!!
Thank You for sharing :)

Fiona N


Felicia said...

I was planning on just using straight up coconut oil, but I might have to try this!


Sarah said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I'll definitely be using it!! Like you said- nipple creams can add up fast! $$


Deborah Wilkie said...

Wow this is so cool! I love DIY stuff so will have to keep this in mind when baby #2 comes along. :)


matope said...

ooh this is even simpler than the lotion bars i make! i'll have to try some, im sure it would make a great salve too!


Anel Winney said...

Wow! That's great! I am going to be a first time mom soon, and things like nipple cream/butter does get expensive!! I love making homemade stuff to save money. Would you recommend to take the butter off before feeding baby? thank yoU!


Aurora said...

This sounds a great recipe and would smell so yummy. I'll def try it. TY so much for sharing.


J Bordo said...

Great information, very resourceful.


Janna said...

I agree this would be a great new mommy gift! I'm going to enlist my friend to make this with me!


Heather S said...

The butter does NOT need to be removed before feeding baby!


Petra said...

This sounds perfect to put in my daughter's arsenal of "new mommy necessities"! She's due in February with her first :)


Jaclyn Kolesar said...

Thank you for the great info! Our firstborn is due in February and we intend to breastfeed, so I anticipate the need for nipple creams and the like. I'm so happy to have found a recipe on how to make it myself to try to keep things more natural (and cheaper)! Looking forward to trying this out. :)


Shilo Wheatley said...

I'll have to try this! Im due in January and remember the sore nipples when I started nursing with my older kiddos! I enjoy making my own products!


Andrea Slagle said...

I'm definitely going to make some of this! I am due in January with my first baby, and I love natural products and also saving money by making my own!


Gladys Aguilar said...

Im so glad i saw this before baby comes


Shanna R said...

Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! SO natural and easy to make.


tannawings said...

Very clever and you are right as far as why buy it when you can make it! Usually the products for this the money is all in the marketing and making your own you know exactly what is in it. I hope nurrsing gets easier I think it hurts every time!


Kimberly Moore said...

I have everything to make this! Thanks for the recipe and I will update how I like it in use.


Stephanie Crane said...

I love using Shea Butter! My supervisor at work makes natural remedies and sells them. I prefer to use natural remedies.


Theresa Anne said...

I use a similar recipe for lip balm, it works great!


Jean Danner said...

Awesome idea! I went through so much nipple cream when i had my baby in october. I'll remember this for number two!


Jean Danner said...

Awesome idea! I went through so much nipple cream when i had my baby in october. I'll remember this for number two!


Danielle.Gephart said...

I cannot wait to try this! Unfortunately my six month old STILL has a shallow latch and gets me quite sore. Hoping this helps!!


Sarah Elyce said...

What a great gift to make for a breastfeeding mama!


Jessie said...

Thank you for the recipe! I will have to make some of this ahead of time before baby is born because I know I'll need it (based on my experience with my first baby)


Tiffany said...

I wish I knew there was a recipe for this when I was nursing, the first couple months, the pain was awful!! I just recently discovered all the uses for coconut oil and usually recommend it to nursing friends. I am going to pin this and share in my mommy group. Thanks for posting!!