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9 Non-Breastfeeding Uses For Leftover Lanolin Cream

Last updated on March 23rd, 2019

Lanolin Uses: 9 Non-Breastfeeding Uses For Leftover Lanolin Cream

Let’s talk about Lanolin cream and the many different options when it comes to Lanolin uses.

You know, (or maybe you don’t yet, but you will) that Lanolin cream is known primarily as an amazing salve that keeps you sane for the first few weeks of breastfeeding!

It was a must have with both of my children and helped me keep the tears at bay (breastfeeding hurt like a wench for me!). My nights were often spent cradling my tube of Lanolin cream.

Everyone kept telling me that nursing shouldn’t hurt or that I shouldn’t be cracked and bleeding.

Which, is all fine and dandy, but that was not the case for me. I was always half a second away from going full-on American Gladiator whenever anyone brought it up. Like I enjoyed being in pain…

Breastmilk + Lanolin cream after a feeding were the components that kept me nursing as long as I did.

But, that’s a different story for a different time. Let’s just say breastfeeding was NOT the most natural thing in the world for me.

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Leftover Lanolin Cream What’s A Mom To-Do?

After I stopped nursing my first I still had a half of a tube left ( a little goes a long way).  I felt guilty at the thought of throwing it out, after all, it had been by my side in my time of need! I had no clue what else I was going to do with a cream for nipples!

Unable to make up my mind I did the most natural thing I could think of; I threw it in a drawer to worry about later.

It sat there for a year. Then Jade got a serious case of toddler chapped lips and being so little I really didn’t want to use Chapstick. While I was searching through the bathroom drawers I saw the Lanolin cream and after that, I began using it for a ton of skin related irritations.

Note: I use Medela brand lanolin I am not sure how other brands compare and if they are as effective. This post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Medela. 

Fun Fact: Did you know Lanolin Cream does NOT expire?

I don’t know if y’all have ever noticed, but there is no expiration date on Medela Tender Care Lanolin. I have always wondered about this, I contacted Medela directly and received this response:

“The Tender Care Lanolin has no expiration date. It does not become less effective with age. It may slightly change in color at most.  I hope this information helps out!” – Medela CS Rep

Which is great news, since I used a tube that was 2 years old!

It’s hypoallergenic & Safe if consumed

This is one of the big positives for me. I don’t want my children eating chemicals if I can control it. You know how it is when they’re little, they lick/eat everything!

You lotion them after a bath and a hand is in their mouth five minutes later.

You put something on their face and they smear it in their mouth.

I’d rather them eat lanolin.

9 Non-Boob Related Lanolin Cream Uses

 Chapped Lips

Lanolin cream works wonders on chapped lips and it’s fantastic for younger children.  My whole family has been converted over to lanolin users and ditched the tradition Chapstick.

☆ Chapped Nose

Getting sick sucks, and when your sick and constantly having to blow your nose … the pain! Use Lanolin cream around the edge of your nose and avoid getting that red ring of nose blowing fire!

☆ Pacifier Chap/Rash

If your little one takes a binkie, as they are called in my house then you know what I am referring to here. That rash from all the spit and friction from the plastic on your peanuts face.

☆ Windburn

Soothes their little cheeks and if they rub their little hand all over their face it’s not toxic!

☆ General Eczema

You could use it as an after bath lotion (a little goes a long way) or just on a patch that is flaring up.

☆ Diaper Rash

Heals a sore bottom in no time. Nothing is worse than the antibiotic runs and it’s awful on their butts. Lanolin cream works way better than any diaper rash cream.

☆ Cracked/Chapped hands

Have a winter baby? Then you KNOW the pain of cracked and bleeding hands from the excessive handwashing. It works great and if you get it on your little snicker-doodle no worries!

☆ Minor scraps

I am pretty sure I own one of the clumsiest children. Jade falls all the time, she trips over her own feet while standing still. Scrapped knees are a common ailment in my house and I often use lanolin cream to cover the scrap.

Moral of this post.. Don’t toss out unused lanolin cream! Use it even when your Tatas are done with it.

Do you use lanolin cream at home? Love it or hate it?


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