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Soothing Stars: Top Nipple Creams for Nursing Moms

Roll Out the Red Carpet for These Healing Balms

Vote for the Best Nipple Cream

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While those early breastfeeding days can be magical, experienced moms know that they can also be tough on your nipples. Soreness, dryness, and even cracking can quickly spoil those blissful moments with your little one.

We've scoured the market to find the top nipple balms and creams that combine powerful healing and moisturizing properties with affordability, pleasing textures, and ease of use. Whether you prefer a budget-friendly option or a luxurious treat, we've got a balm to soothe your nipples and keep your breastfeeding journey happy and healthy.

Every balm on this list is baby-safe, so you won't need to worry about wiping it off before nursing. We’ve made sure to include lanolin-free balms for moms who are vegan or allergic to this ingredient.

Best Nipple Cream of 2024 Nominees

Bamboobies Organic Nipple Balm

Nourishing, USDA-certified-organic ingredients make this 100% plant-based balm a favorite among reviewers. The simple ingredient list includes sunflower seed oil, olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, and soothing calendula oil extract—no parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances added. Packaged in a small tub, the smooth and creamy formula applies easily, leaves no stains behind, and is perfectly baby safe (no washing off needed before nursing.)

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm

An all-around performer, this glossy balm serves as a nipple balm/lip balm/cuticle softener/brow gel . . . you get the picture. A little goes a long way, and the squeeze tube can be easily stashed in your bag for on-the-go solutions. The simple formula is 100% natural lanolin, certified clean, and cruelty-free. Packaging is also 100% recyclable so you can maintain your green consumer creds.


Earth Mama Vegan Nipple Butter

Earth Mama’s formula is one of the best value-per-ounce vegan options on the market. More importantly, moms swear by its baby-safe, nourishing formula, which boasts heavy-hitting ingredients like calendula and cocoa butter. Conscientious consumers also love that the company is Non-GMO Project Verified, Leaping Bunny certified, and plastic neutral.


Frida Mom No-Mess Nipple Balm

Another lanolin-free formula that’s baby safe (no washing off required), this very popular nipple balm incorporates moisturizing glycerin, coconut oil, and olive oil as key ingredients and contains no parabens or artificial fragrances. Moms love the applicator tip built into the tube to keep hands mess-free. This balm often comes packaged with the brand’s soothing saline spray, which adds to the balm’s efficacy.


Frida Mom No-Mess Nipple Balm

Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream

After 30 years on the market, this well-trusted formula may in fact be the #1 doctor-recommended nipple cream as Lansinoh claims. It’s certainly got a lot going for it, being made of ethically-sourced, ultra-purified lanolin that’s baby safe, with no petroleum, parabens, additives, or preservatives. Moms say the thick and creamy formula (certified climate-neutral, by the way) works like a charm and lasts forever.

Lansinoh Organic Nipple Balm

A vegan alternative to the company’s lanolin cream, this fully baby-safe formula is made from 100% certified organic, plant-based ingredients. The simple 7-ingredient formula includes powerhouses like coconut oil, shea butter, argan oil, and calendula flower extract—no petroleum, parabens, or preservatives to be found. Fans report that the balm, while thick, spreads and absorbs very well. In short, it’s another winner from this trusted brand.

Mama Mio Keep Calm Nipple Balm

Extremely affordable, Mama Mio’s balm gets glowing reviews from moms, who praise its effectiveness at healing and conditioning their skin. The balm boasts medical-grade ingredients that include healing vitamin E plus emollients like coconut and olive oil, shea butter, and a proprietary Omega-Rich Skin Stretch Complex to keep skin supple. Eco-conscious moms appreciate the easy-to-use tube dispenser that is fully recyclable.

Medela Purelan Lanolin Nipple Cream

This 100% natural cream focuses on proactive protection with its simple formula of ultra-pure medical-grade lanolin—no additives, no preservatives. The rich formula creates a protective skin barrier to keep hydration in and irritants out. The result is a fully baby-safe product that’s hypoallergenic, hydrating, and handy for applying to any dry spots on you or your baby, from dry lips to chapped baby skin.

Mommy's Bliss Lanolin Nipple Balm

Combining ultra-pure lanolin with antioxidant boosters like coconut oil (also known for its antimicrobial properties), this balm boasts a super-thick yet non-sticky texture that reviewers love. The formula is baby safe—free of fragrance, parabens, phthalates, petroleum and mineral oil—and comes in a tube dispenser for easy application. Its light and natural coconut scent is as soothing as the formula itself.

MotherLove Nipple Cream

This USDA-certified organic and cruelty-free cream features a soothing blend of olive oil, shea butter, marshmallow root, and calendula flower—all free of lanolin, petroleum, parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fillers. Reviewers love the nongreasy texture that absorbs quickly, providing relief for sore nipples without a sticky mess. Plus, Motherlove is a Women-Owned B Corp, so you can feel good about supporting a socially conscious company while nurturing your own well-being.

Munchkin Milkmakers All-Natural Nipple Balm

Munchkin specializes in lactation support, and this easy-to-use balm shows they know their business. Packaged in a mess-free stick form, the balm is packed with ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil to soothe and protect sore nipples. It requires no wiping before nursing, thanks to a formula free of lanolin, parabens, petroleum, and artificial fragrance. An impressive number of high ratings show just how much moms love the results.



Natalist Nip & Lip Balm

This multitasking stick, formulated with help from doctors, can be applied to both lips and nipples, meaning one less product to include in your bag. The balm combines natural emollients cocoa butter, argan oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and shea butter for heavy-hitting hydration. Unscented and free of lanolin, mineral oil, and harsh chemicals, it glides on easily and requires no pre-nursing removal. Plus, it’s made with 100% Plastic Neutral packaging and cruelty-free practices!

The Honest Company Calm Your Nip Balm

Breastfeeding mamas love this USDA-certified organic balm that provides natural relief with a gentle blend of coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter—no lanolin included. Moms rave about its soothing, nongreasy texture that absorbs quickly. Unlike some thicker balms, Calm Your Nip Balm boasts a more fluid formula for easy application, which, added to its convenient tube packaging, makes it a great choice to take on outings.

Tiny Human Supply Co. Nipple Crack

Find plant-powered relief in this USDA-certified organic balm featuring a creamy, lightweight blend of coconut, olive, and sunflower oils, shea butter, and healing aloe leaf juice and calendula oil. Free of lanolin and harsh chemicals, the baby-safe formula is nongreasy and absorbs quickly according to reviewers. Tiny Human also prioritizes eco-conscious, cruelty-free practices, making them a great choice for the conscientious among us.

Weleda Nipple Cream

Hailing from organic skincare brand Weleda, this intensive-care balm protects nipples with naturally derived emollient ingredients like lanolin, sunflower seed oil, olive oil, and beeswax. Infused with calendula extract for gentle healing, this thick formula is super-effective, according to reviewers. Note that the balm contains no harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances, or mineral oils.

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