Sore nipples, creams, ointments: A Quick Guide for Nursing Moms

with guest Wendy Jones BSc, MSc, PhD, MRPharmS

Air Date: January 15, 2018

Are your nipples tender, painful, sore, cracked, bleeding, dry, or infected? Have your friends—or even health care professionals—urged you to put some cream, ointment, oil or other product on your nipples? Would it work if you did? Which is a magic bullet—if any? Do these products prevent, or cure—both, or neither? Have any been proven to be safe and effective? Does one work better than another? Are there any to avoid, or any that taste bad to the baby? How much do you apply, and must it be washed off before each feeding? And might putting some of you milk on your nipples work just as well, or perhaps better? Join Marie and pharmacist Wendy Jones for a whirlwind tour of the 10 creams and ointments most often seen in clinical practice in the US and in the UK. Hear some verbatim quotes from the research, as well as Marie’s and Wendy’s expert opinions. Find out when and if these are best for your problem—or if you need a different kind of help.

Guest Profile – Wendy Jones BSc, MSc, PhD, MRPharmS

Wendy Jones BSc, MSc, PhD, MRPharmS has been a pharmacist for more than 40 years. Since 1987, she has been a breastfeeding supporter, and in 1995 she developed a specialist interest in the safety of drugs in medicine. Wendy and has developed fact sheets and educational materials for pharmacists, health care providers, and parents. Wendy is the author of “Breastfeeding and Medication” (Routledge, 2013), which has been praised by the program director of UNICEF UK’s Baby Friendly Initiative as “carefully researched and comprehensive, yet still easy to read … a valuable resource.” These days, Wendy often can be found online, answering questions for enquiring breastfeeding mothers via her web site and social media. A mother of three breastfed daughters and several grandchildren, she lives in the United Kingdom and is available at
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