Medela Tender Care Lanolin

by Essentials on June 25, 2010

in Mom Thoughts, Rampant Consumerism

When I first started breastfeeding, I was lucky to not have to deal with sore nipples very much. Granted, that’s because I had to use a nipple shield, but still. So I rarely had to break out any kind of lanolin–I just didn’t need it. I did have a tube of the purple kind though, that I used once or twice. Everyone had raved about it, and so that’s what I got. And I was…underwhelmed. That stuff was so sticky and hard to put on, it usually just ended up hurting me more to use it than to not. So, I left it alone and went about my business.

And then I went back to work.

And I started pumping.

And that hurt like holy hell. I just…even thinking about it makes me wince. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep it up because DAMN pumping hurt more than nursing ever did for me.

But then, I read somewhere that you should use lanolin when pumping (don’t ask me why I didn’t think of this before, I don’t know.  Blame it on new mommy brain). So I started trying to use that purple tubed stuff again, and this time, more than being underwhelmed, I was frustrated. Because it STILL hurt to put on, was too sticky, and made things way more difficult than they needed to be.

(wow, I just cannot write a short post, even for a review. Sorry guys).

Anyway, finally, I found a sample of this stuff at home (one of those little foil packets that has been stuck to a postcard or something in a gift bag). And lo, the heavens opened up and smiled on my poor ravaged boobs.

Medela Tender Care Lanolin

Now, the Medela Lanolin is different, because it’s not just pure lanolin. It’s got a couple of other ingredients that makes it go on SO much easier than the other stuff. Rather than being super thick and sticky, it’s more like it glides on. It doesn’t take manhandling to get it usable. It doesn’t take the force of a thousand elephants to get it out of the tube. I can use just a little bit because it goes on so smooth. I’ve also used it occasionally when nursing (hello teeth, nice to meet you!), and again, it was much easier to use than the other brand I had that was so highly recommended.

This stuff is what kept me pumping and now, 7 months later, I’m still using it at least twice a day. On a few occasions I’ve forgotten it at home, and it’s a reminder of how much it helps. I’ll be glad when I’m able to put it away when I stop pumping, but until then, it will be my daily companion.

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