Lansinoh or Medela?

Shauna - posted on 08/21/2010 ( 100 moms have responded )

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I am due in about 6 weeks with my first and want to stock up on the necessities. I assume nipple cream will be necessary, so which kind do you prefer?

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Lisa - posted on 08/26/2010

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Even if you have good latching, the lanolin is nice to have if you plan to pump much. It is great to put on just before you pump because it helps the pump cup form better suction. When I use it to pump, I dont even have to hold onto the cups. Very helpful.

Mandy - posted on 08/26/2010

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neither, wait and see if you need it 1st. I bf 2 and didn't need it either time. Bm is actually better, if you're nipples are a bit sore, check your latch 1st and if that's fine, a little expressed milk on to your nipples and let it airdry, much better than creams.

Also you don't need to "prepare" your nipples in anway, don't rub them, don't start putting creams on them. They need to smell of you to encourage a good start to your nursing relationship.

Nana - posted on 08/24/2010

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Lansinoh is also really good for eczema and dry, chapped skin in the winter. Helps take the pain right away!

Daphne - posted on 08/25/2010

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I used the little tube of Lansinoh I got free from the hospital and didn't finish it. I wouldn't recommend stocking up on anything until after your baby is born. My husband bought a big tube thinking he was being helpful and I never even opened the box!

Michelle - posted on 08/25/2010

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Hey ... I work with Lansinoh and I stocked up....but never ever needed it! I will tell you that you will only need 1 tube of Lanolin. That being said, Lanolin is also great diaper rash cream! If you call Lansinoh they may send you a sample or a coupon.

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Jenny - posted on 08/26/2010

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Medela, but only because that's what my LC gave me at the hospital. She gave me so much I never needed to buy any.

Carrie - posted on 08/26/2010

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Lansinoh worked the best for me and it's the highest grade of lanolin out there.

Lisa - posted on 08/26/2010

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Definitely Lansinoh!!! Do a taste test yourself if you can get ahold of both and you will understand. Now, when I say taste test, I don't mean a big blob. Just smear a little between your clean fingers and suck on it (like your baby will be doing). You will understand why Lansinoh is the best. The Medela and another one I tried were absolutely horrible!!! The Lansinoh while not something I'd chose to eat was not bad at all.

Adi - posted on 08/26/2010

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I prefer the Medela kind because it spreads to easily. First tube lasted me 9 months, using it once a day when I pump. I nurse on the breast every other time.

Tonya Susanne Looney - posted on 08/26/2010

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I found that both worked extremely well... and after the first month or so, I stopped using it all together. I did find that I had a preference for the Lansinoh breast shields. They were a bit more expensive, but the interior helped wick moisture away from my skin, and they were individually wrapped, so I could stash them in my purse and diaper bag for emergencies. While I used a Medela pump, I found that there really was no collection system I thought was optimum for a working mom. I used the hard sided Medela bottles for a short time... I prefered to use the Playtex liner storage system because I could pump into the liners, and then store and feed from them. But they were cumbersome and did not transport well. I then started using Gerber milk storage bags. I had to pump into Medela's bottles and transfer the milk into the Gerber bags, but they fit into Playtex nurser bottles, so my sitter was saving the step of having to transfer the milk for feeding. Unfortunately, Gerber has horrible quality control of this product. After purchasing multiple packages of bags with defects, I called Gerber to request replacements and agreed to send in the defective products. After 10 phone calls to customer service, I never received the shipping labels to return the product or the coupons they promised for replacement bags. So, I stopped using them and made my 4th switch to Lansinoh bags. Again, these are great products. The plastic storage bags are more rigid, so you will have to transfer milk from your collection system into them.. and then pour it back out into a bottle. But they are high quality and I have never noticed any quality control issues. -- To sum up, Lansinoh breast shields and storage bags are some of the best on the market.. If you are looking for lanolin cream, stick with a quality company and just purchase that from Lansinoh too.

Kyra - posted on 08/25/2010

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to be honest....It is up to you and what works for you best. As you can see women like both. I really didnt care as long as i had one or the other...that is the truth

Kimberly - posted on 08/25/2010

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Medela!!! It was hard for me to get the Lansinoh out of the tube. To me, the Medela worked quicker. Love it and would def buy again!

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i use lansinoh because that's what my midwife suggested but i have used medela and i didn't see any difference

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I bought a $10 tube if Lansinoh but I ended up not needing it at all. My hospital gave me a sample of medela and I wish I would've saved the money to see if I needed any first. Congrats on the little one and I wish you all the best with breastfeeding. It really is a great bonding time!

Laurian - posted on 08/25/2010

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Nipple cream is a waste of money. It does hurt at first but the best healer is breast milk. Squeeze a little extra out after baby finishes feeding (and always let them finish) rub it into the skin of the nipple and allow to air dry. Not only does this prevent cracked nipples, the breast milk which is a live fluid is a healer, and a fast one too. So if there are any little bruises or cracks it works amazingly well! I had a lot of bites right at the beginning and ended up with a bruised/ grazed nipple. Allowing the breast milk to dry naturally and giving the nipple a 24 hour break from babies mouth (by expressing only) and feeding on the non sore nipple it healed in that 24hour period. When I put baby back on it was not sore! I was amazed. So seriously don't waste your money on creams.

Ashley - posted on 08/25/2010

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I have used both and found them equally effective. I honestly would just buy the one that is on sale.

Cherie - posted on 08/25/2010

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I didnt need any cream, it was a waste for me (im not sure why). I was told not to wipe off your nipple after breatsfeeding, or pumping because the milk actually helps soften your nipple, and not to use soap on it in the shower. I did that, and never had dry, or cracked nipples!
For breast pads, I sampled many, and my fav that I ended up using was playtex. they stayed the most secure. All the other ones moved, and I would leak.
Good Luck, and enjoy it- they grow up so fast!

Amber - posted on 08/25/2010

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I only ever tried the Lanisoh. I think it worked wonders for my sore nipples! But I only needed it for like the first month. After that the tube just sat in my bathroom cabinet.

Sarah - posted on 08/25/2010

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soooo true i had a small tube and used it up so i went and got a big tube thinking i would need it and it has barely been used sitting there for about 4mths untouched. you may think its a neccesity now but u may not need it.. save your money!

Sarah - posted on 08/25/2010

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grrr yeah that was annoying having to wipe it off fingers afterwards and not staining clothes hahaha

Sarah - posted on 08/25/2010

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i used lansinoh... only needed it for about 6 weeks after my nipples stopped hurting I stopped using it and have been breastfeeding baby for 5 mths so far

Jessica - posted on 08/25/2010

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I tried both and I actually like Gerber's best - it was like a big chapstick, made it very easy to apply one handed and didn't leave me looking for something to wipe my finger on afterwards.

Kristin - posted on 08/25/2010

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But a SMALL tube of a few different brands, and go with the one that works for you. That way you aren't out a whole bunch for the one's that you didn't care for. I, personally, liked the Palmer's Cocoa butter stuff. It starts out a little thick, but softens quickly and it didn't bother ANY of my 3 boys. Good luck. Hopefully you won't need any of it.

Alyssa - posted on 08/25/2010

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Lansinoh!! Works great if u apply right before showering too so they don't burn... I also tried Gerber nipple butter and liked it as well! Pads Lansinoh best too soft, covers more, and absorb good.

Gretchen - posted on 08/25/2010

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Nipple cream is not always necessary, so don't stock up yet! Lansinoh is the more popular cream, but there are other ways to alleviate the sore nipples you're bound to have in the first few days to first few weeks. Sorenss is normal, pain is not! You can use the creams, soothies (gel patches that you put on between feedings), ice packs (remember to keep something between the ice and your skin to prevent burning), and even cold cabbage leaves in your bra between feedings.

You can always use Nursing Mothers Counsel as a resource! We have a warm-line 650-327-MILK, or you can email me directly at kariya_24@yahoo.com. We are a non-profit organization in the San Francisco area of moms who have breastfed and go through extensive training to be peer counselors. We educate moms by teaching classes and support mom's goals (whatever they may be) through one-on-one FREE support, mainly over the phone.

Sarah - posted on 08/25/2010

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I have both the Lansinoh and The First Years. The First Years is easier to apply especially if you are tender to the touch. I like both products. I use the Lansinoh, oddly enough, on the calluses left from carrying the car seat everywhere. Softens them up in about a week w/ 1 or 2 applications a day.

Cassie - posted on 08/25/2010

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Tbh i dont think you need it.. so far ive used it one or twice (in 4 months) & thats what the midwife gave me.

Jennie - posted on 08/25/2010

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I love Lansinoh the cream which you can start using now I recommend you do. I also love the bags and the nipple pads are better than Johnson & Johnson. I use all of their products specially their bags they are great!! Congrats on your baby :)

Heather - posted on 08/25/2010

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I like the medela better then the lansinoh - the lansinoh was sticky and thick, my nipplpes stuck to everything, includingmy fingers when I tried to apply it. The medela was nice and smooth, definitely a lifesaver!

Melinda - posted on 08/25/2010

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Lansinoh definitely- and you will only need one tube a little bit goes a long way!!

Lisa - posted on 08/25/2010

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I used Medela, but only for the first few weeks. It worked fine for me, but my son didn't like the taste so I had to wipe it off before nursing. As far as breast pads, the Johnson & Johnson brand stuck to my nipples, and getting them off was painful. When I switched to Lansinoh pads, I didn't need the nipple cream anymore!

Susan - posted on 08/25/2010

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Lansinoh is a mircle in a tube. I had bad cracked nipples from not preparing my nipples and Lansinoh sorted them out in 2 days.

Analea - posted on 08/25/2010

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If you prep your nipples before having bub chances are you may not need lansinoh.I prepped every night in the shower for six weeks prior & never had cracked or bleeding nipples & have b/fed both bubs up to two years. Also good to use own breast milk on your nipples.

I used my lansinoh as lip gloss & it lasted for 3 yrs when i went & bought another tube to continue using as lip gloss - great cause doesn't kiss off!!! Good luck & prep, prep, prep you & bub WILL not regret it.

Alexandria - posted on 08/24/2010

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I had latching problems with my son for a few weeks and at that time I was using lansinoh. It didn't help at all. It was sticky and difficult to apply. Not to mention painful since it didn't glide on easily. I switched to medela and the pain went away instantly! It was so easy to apply and didn't hurt when I put it on. My nipples healed in a few days and eventually my son and I got the hang of the latch. I wouldn't recommend the lansinoh but I highly recommend the medela.

Tine - posted on 08/24/2010

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No, really it isn't an necessary at all!
It is really best to avoid creams or anything else except your own milk on your nipples -creams can be worse than nothing.
When you feed, leave some milk on the nipple and let it air dry - that is the VERY best protection and emollient you can use, and totally safe for baby!
I'd very much suggest you join the ABA in Australia or the La Leche League in US or other countries, they have the best info on breastfeeding and can really help with info you never knew you'd need!
Many people give up on Bfeeding because of lack of correct info (thinking you don't have enough milk is the most common mistake - very very rarely is that true and if it is it can nearly always be fixed) and doctors and hopitals are notoriously ill - prepared to help women with correct breastfeeding advice or support.
Best wishes, have a great birth and how very exciting for you! :-):-) :-)

Lauren - posted on 08/24/2010

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I've used lansinoh and an organic nipple cream by mother love. both worked well!

Jamie - posted on 08/24/2010

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lansinoh-- i breast fed for 16months and i only needed one tube... so dont stock up too much!

Hannah - posted on 08/24/2010

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Lansinoh for sure, I started using it from 33 weeks as My midwife warned me that fair skin can be prone to craked nipples. and suggested i use it twice a day before baby was born... Happy to report no cracked nipples at all, and i Breastfed for 10 months.

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