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Why choosing a good Nipple Butter is important

When you breastfeed, you are likely to experience sore and cracked nipple at some point. Some more severe cracks can cause bleeding from the nipple too and even lead to infection. If you experience pain like this, a nipple cream can be a great help to soothe and alleviate the soreness and also heal the issue.

Which Is The Best Nipple Cream For You?

There are numerous nipple creams on the market, and you will probably be confused by the choices and not sure which one is the best nipple cream for you.

Why Not Lanolin-Based Nipple Cream?

Lanolin-based cream is effective in soothing and healing chapped skin, many older generations mothers use lanolin cream but now we know that lanolin contains a huge amount of pesticides. Some studies also suggests that lanolin-based nipple cream is not as effective people may believe.

Lanolin is first recovered from shaved sheep’s wool. The wool is soaked in chemicals to remove parasites before the lanolin is scoured out of it and therefore there are no truly organic options available.

Your baby will eventually ingest a portion of the nipple cream through breastfeeding. This is my main concern in Lanolin as well as most creams are not free from additives, and pesticides.

What’s else should I know?

If the label recommends that you remove the cream before feeding your baby, then it’s probably not the best nipple cream for you. A nipple cream that needs to be removed before feeding likely means that it’s not safe to be ingested by your baby.

 

Watch out for Chemicals! Some chemicals in nipple creams can cause even more irritation to an already sensitive area. Avoid balms made with parabens, triethanolamine, and petroleum products.

Look out for numbing agents andcareful of products that cause numbness. The ingredients used can interfere with the let-down reflex of milk or could numb your baby’s mouth enough to prevent him/her from being able to feed

Choose a balm that is easy to use. Look for smooth, non-sticky, balm as you will be using it in an area which is already painful and sore. You don’t want to cause yourself anymore pain than you are already experiencing.

Some examples of great herbs to look for in Nipple Butter

Lavender

Lavender essential oil has very powerful antiseptic properties. Applying it to wounds can not only increase cell growth causing the wound to heal faster, but it also decreases the appearance of scars. The oils anti-microbial action protects scrapes and wounds from infection, while allowing them heal.

Chamomile

Chamomile promotes smooth, healthy skin and relieves irritations thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Chamomile’s flavonoids and essential oils penetrate below the skin surface into the deeper skin layers of the skin, preserving its youthful appearance, completion and immune defenses. As a traditional medicine, it’s been used for centuries to treat wounds eczema, gout, skin irritations, cracked skin, abrasions, bruises, burns and canker sores.

 

Calendula

Calendula has been found to have strong anti-inflammatory properties via powerful flavanoids. Anti-inflammatory linoleic acid is also found in high concentrations in calendula. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties make it a potent remedy for all kinds of inflammatory, issues like diaper rash, sore cracked nipples, dermatitis, eczema and more.

 

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Aeto’s World Schooling adventure – Preparations

My husband and I have talked about Ecuador and the Galapagos for a very long time, in fact, Galapagos has always been on the very top of my bucket list.  With four children an adventure like this takes a great deal of planning and an extended recess from traditional schooling.  We decided to take a year to try homeschooling, and to take the month of January to celebrate our 10th anniversary with world schooling our children in my dream destination.

World-schooling, edventuring, life-learning, whatever you call it, it is what we were drawn to do – and it is super popular if the proliferation of blogs and books by families on round-the-world trips is anything to go by.  We were driven by a desire to spend a greater amount of time with our children, escape the pressures of work and discover new cultures and lifestyles,  so here we are,  taking the kids out of school and setting off on an adventure.  100% present and spending time experiencing these amazing places together.

The children are so excited to see the animals in the Galapagos play with penguins and sea lions and see Tortoise that roamed when Darwin was discovering the Origin of Species. (almost as excited as me) We have spent the last few months learning about the eco system in Galapagos and in fact we have learned about all the bio diverse areas we will visit in Ecuador.  The children have also learned about Darwin and are so excited to go to the research centre named after this great man.

We will zipline in the cloud forests of Mindo, have the culminating event of our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Novel Study – Visiting a real Chocolate Factory, we will visit volcanos and drink from the fountain of youth. Our plan is to  just spend a month seeing an immersing ourselves in the culture and lifestyle of this amazing South American country.

We want our children to experience exciting destinations, and authentic immersive travel.  Adventures they will remember for a lifetime – Something we will all proudly recount to our grandchildren someday.

We had to make sure all our travel vaccinations were well in hand because with an immune compromised child nothing can be left to chance.  My friend from Mexico made sure I knew how to properly explain his Celiac disease and his food allergies to try and insure that we travel safely, however,  I have been assured by our Ecuadorian friends and the internet  that eating Gluten Free is extremely easy throughout Ecuador.

So here I am the day before the biggest adventure we have taken with our children having checked and rechecked the luggage. I think everything is in order and we have everything we need packed and if not, we will have to deal with that on the ground.   I have  prepared an epic travel binder with all our plans and reservations as well as made sure all my travel apps are updated as well as maps incase our cell service is patchy.  My eldest daughter is sitting next to me finishing her grade 3 Spanish textbook.  She has worked to hard to complete three grades since September.  She is a planner like me and wants to be sure she can communicate.

Our home will be in the hands of very competent house sitters who will enjoy our home while we are gone and our dogs will be entertained and loved by them so we have no fears on the home front. Even after so much preparation and research this trip has snuck up on me – So wish us luck and say a little prayer The Aeto’s Nest is off to see the world!