Lanolin use while Breastfeeding
Drugs containing Lanolin: Lanolin Hydrous, Lansinoh for Breast Feeding Mothers, Lanolor Cream, Thera Derm, Eucerin Unscented, Alpha Keri, AlphaBath, Soothe and Cool Free Medseptic Skin Protectant, Tender Care, Lansinoh for Healthy Feet, Show all 11 »Lan-O-Soothe
Lanolin Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding
Summary of Use during Lactation
Lanolin is a yellow fat obtained from sheep's wool. It has traditionally been used topically to treat sore, cracked nipples during breastfeeding. Highly purified modified lanolin (Lansinoh) has the pesticide and detergent residues removed and the natural free alcohols reduced to below 1.5% to improve safety and reduce the allergic potential. Although lanolin appears to be effective for the prevention and treatment of nipple pain from breastfeeding, studies, most of which used Lansinoh, have not found lanolin to be consistently different in efficacy from application of breastmilk, hydrogel dressings, peppermint gel, aloe vera or warm compresses. A metaanalysis concluded that application of nothing or breastmilk may be superior to lanolin, but good studies are lacking. One small nonblinded study found olive oil to be superior to lanolin for prevention of sore nipples.
Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.
Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.
Effects in Breastfed Infants
Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.
Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk
In a randomized, double-bind trial, lanolin was compared to an all-purpose nipple ointment containing mupirocin 1%, betamethasone 0.05%, and miconazole 2% for painful nipples while nursing in the first 2 weeks postpartum. The two treatments were equally effective in reducing nipple pain, nipple healing time, breastfeeding duration, breastfeeding exclusivity rate, mastitis and nipple symptoms, side effects or maternal satisfaction with treatment.
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2. Vieira F, Bachion MM, Mota DD, Munari DB. A systematic review of the interventions for nipple trauma in breastfeeding mothers. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2013;45:116-25. PMID: 23452043
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4. Sayyah Melli M, Rashidi M R, Nokhoodchi A et al. A randomized trial of peppermint gel, lanolin ointment, and placebo gel to prevent nipple crack in primiparous breastfeeding women. Med Sci Monit. 2007;13:CR406-11. PMID: 17767120
5. Abou-Dakn M, Fluhr JW, Mo G, Woeckel A. Positive effect of HPA lanolin versus expressed breastmilk on painful and damaged nipples during lactation. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2010;24:27-35. PMID: 20720454
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7. Shanazi M, Farshbaf Khalili A, Kamalifard M et al. Comparison of the effects of lanolin, peppermint, and dexpanthenol creams on treatment of traumatic nipples in breastfeeding mothers. J Caring Sci. 2015;4 :297-307. PMID: 26744729
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10. Dennis CL, Jackson K, Watson J. Interventions for treating painful nipples among breastfeeding women. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014;12: CD007366. PMID: 25506813
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