Nipple creams often help a new mother endure the pains of nursing and aid in salvaging cracked, sore nipples. When I began breastfeeding, I didn't pay much attention to the ingredients in mine, as I was in agony and willing to try anything to keep the process going.
But recently, the Food and Drug Administration found that Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream can be detrimental to nursing infants.
To see why the cream is being pulled from the shelves,
The FDA warned consumers:
Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream contains potentially harmful ingredients that may cause respiratory distress or vomiting and diarrhea in infants. The product is promoted to nursing mothers to help soothe and heal dry or cracked nipples. Product labeling specifically states that there is no need for mothers to remove the cream prior to nursing. However, the ingredients contained in the product may be harmful to nursing infants.
Potentially harmful ingredients in Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream are chlorphenesin and phenoxyethanol. Chlorphenesin relaxes skeletal muscle and can depress the central nervous system and cause respiratory depression (slow or shallow breathing) in infants.
So before buying your next jar of nipple cream, check the ingredients.