Last update June 16, 2020
Very Low Risk
Lanolin is a wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of woolly animals. It is obtained by degreasing and washing the sheep's wool.
It contains cholesterol, lanosterol, alcohols and fatty acid esters. It is structurally related to beeswax and human sebum.
It is used to treat nipple irritation in nursing mothers.
It is contraindicated in mothers with a wool allergy.
- Standard lanolin contains 12 to 15% alcohol and 40 ppm of pesticides.
- Modified lanolin contains 6% alcohol and 3 ppm of pesticides.
- Highly purified or ultrapure Lanolin contains a minimum of pesticides, alcohol and detergent to reduce its allergenic potential. It is the safest to use on the nipple, without cleaning before breastfeeding (Scolnik 2017).
The application of lanolin to treat irritation and nipple cracks has not always shown to be more effective than the application of other products such as breast milk, warm compresses, olive oil, mint, aloe vera, purslane, dexpanthenol, vitamin A, collagenase, hydrogel, cream with mupirocin, betamethasone and miconazole or the air-dried or with nipple shields (Niazi 2019, Mariani 2018, Vieira 2017, Jackson 2017, Shanazi 2015, Dennis 2014 y 2012, Gungor 2013, Vieira 2013, Abou-Dakn 2011, Melli 2007, Mohammadzadeh 2005, Morland 2005, Dodd 2003, Brent 1998, Pugh 1996).
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Asociación Española de Bancos de Leche Humana of Spain
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