As mentioned in this week’s podcast episode “Breastfeeding during those first few weeks“, APNO cream really is the best and you can make your own at home if you can’t get a prescription! In some areas it can be difficult to get because some pharmacies can’t make it (it needs to be a compounding pharmacy). This cream is PERFECT for your nipples during that first week of breastfeeding. The second you start to see an abrasion or feel really sore around the nipples, using this cream can really save your nips!
I first discovered this cream when I experienced thrush with my third! I couldn’t believe that I had nursed TWO babies without ever discovering this miracle cream, it works wonders! With my 4th baby I noticed that one of my nipples was getting an open wound on day 2 in the hospital (most likely due to shallow latch) and I immediately asked for this cream to be prescribed and I took it home with us. I used it daily on that nipple for a few days until it was healed. I would alternate the cream and nipple shield whenever I was getting sores on my nipples and within about 10-14 days, we have a perfect latch and healed nipples! All that being said, this was my best experience breastfeeding and the other three babies were VERY MESSY & PAINFUL (all of that can be “normal)!
Polysporin Ointment (topical antibiotic ointment)
Hydrocortisone 1% cream (steroid cream that helps to heal open sores)
Creating your APNO Cream:
Mix equal parts of all three of the above ingredients and apply a thin layer on nipple/areola as needed. There is no need to wipe it off before baby’s next feeding but if you feel more comfortable, go for it!
It is not recommended to use this for long term (months at a time) because it can affect the tissue. I would use it for an open sore and then once healed (5-7 days) I would stop using it. This will last for months so feel free to use it when and if you have issues later on in your breastfeeding journey as well!
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