Breast Pumping & Breastfeeding Pain Relief

breastfeeding nipple pain

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. These are all products I personally paid for myself and use (this is not sponsored content) and all opinions are 100% my own.

Whether you have nipple pain from breastfeeding directly, pumping, or both, these soothing products will help you. It is important to identify the source of the breastfeeding pain so it does not recur, but these products will provide relief while working to fix the cause of any discomfort. Item 2, Silverette Nipple Cups, are my absolute favorite – I hope you like them, too!

1. Bamboobies Boob-Ease Breast Pillows

Boob-Ease Breast Pillows provide all natural breastfeeding pain relief. They are made of bamboo and cotton and stuffed with natural flaxseeds. You can heat them or cool them to soothe pain from breastfeeding or pumping. Boob-Ease are also made in the USA!

2. Silverette Silver Nipple Cups

This is by far my favorite product to ease pain from breastfeeding and pumping.  They are a bit more expensive than other products for breastfeeding pain, but I think they are 100% worth it. They never wear out so you can use them for years. Silver has natural healing properties so wearing these over your nipples between pumping/ feeding sessions will keep your nipples in great condition.

3. Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter

This Earth Mama Angel Baby product is a natural, organic, and vegan nipple butter. I use this as well as lanolin (see below) to avoid nipple pain from breastfeeding and pumping. It is a blend of cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter and calendula, so it really promotes healing if you have nipple damage.

4. Lanolin Cream

Lanolin is a must-have for me as a pumping mom because I also breastfeed my son directly when we’re together. Lanolin cream helps to avoid cracked, chafed or sore nipples. If you have nipple damage, lanolin will also promote healing. I like to apply lanolin after pumping – although a properly-fitted pump should not rub or chafe the nipples at all, it is soothing to apply lanolin regularly. Note, lanolin is derived from sheep’s wool, so the Earth Mama Angel Baby product above is a good plant-based alternative if you want to avoid animal byproducts.

5. Medela Hydrogel Pads

Hydrogel pads provide cooling moisture relief with glycerol. They are an amazing product for breastfeeding pain. The gel pads promote healing if nipples are chafed, cracked, or otherwise damaged, and they are also soothing through the cool moisture.

6. Medela SoftShells for Sore Nipples

Medela SoftShells are designed to protect your nipples while wearing a bra. You can wear them between breastfeeding/pumping sessions to prevent chafing and allow air to circulate around your nipples. SoftShells help your nipples heal faster if they are cracked or chafed. The shells also collect any milk from leaky breasts, so be sure to point the air holes upward so the milk doesn’t leak out!

7. Lansinoh Thera-Pearl Hot / Cool Breast Pads

These breast therapy pads can be chilled in the freezer or heated in the microwave. If you have nipple pain from vasospasm, clogged ducts, or mastitis, these will provide wonderful heat therapy. Freezing them for cold therapy is great to ease pain from engorgement or to soothe tender nipples. Aside from soothing breastfeeding pain, the pads can also be used when pumping – warming them and placing them around your pump flanges helps stimulate letdown and milk-flow.

breastfeeding nipple pain

I hope this list of products helps you find something to ease breast pumping and/or breastfeeding pain. Silverette Cups are my favorite product – what is your favorite? What works for you to avoid breastfeeding and breast pumping pain or to heal damaged nipples?




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