11.14.2013

Make your own All Purpose Nipple Ointment (APNO)



I've been nursing for a little over two months and the pain of breastfeeding hasn't completely gone away.  I also seem to be prone to mild thrush, though I have been good at keeping the baby unaffected.   The other day I got ANOTHER blister and decided to look into getting Dr. Newman's All Purpose Nipple Ointment prescribed.

The RX info is here- http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_content&id=76:all-purpose-nipple-ointment-apno&Itemid=17

My insurance doesn't cover it and the out of pocket price is $85.  The pharmacist showed me the over-the-counter versions of the 3 ingredients and told me to mix equal parts and store in a jar.  If you are prone to thrush, blisters, or general nipple pain, this is recommended and you only use a tiny bit.  They say a tiny bit is OK but I still wipe off before breastfeeding cause it can't taste pleasant and I'm still not sure about the steroid part for a baby.




You need- an antibiotic ointment, a steroid, and an anti-fungal.  That's actually pretty easy to infer from the RX link but I never thought of trying to DIY it til she suggested it.  I found the little jars in the "trial and travel size" section for 99 cents.

I just stuck equal parts in a small bowl (I used all of the antibiotic ointment and while the cortisone on the bottom looks like more, it's wider but shorter than the other two) and mixed them all together.




Using all of the antibiotic and matching parts of the other two, it filled both jars perfectly!  Showing jar sizing-ignore my awful (lack of) manicure!



Then just for fun and identification I cut two breast feeding awareness stickers with my Cameo.



I hope this helps someone else out there!  Hang in there!

12 comments:

  1. This totally helps! Like you my insurance won't cover it and I never thought to diy. I will be heading to the store tomorrow! Thanks!

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  2. This totally helps! Like you my insurance won't cover it and I never thought to diy. I will be heading to the store tomorrow! Thanks!

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  3. I spent two minutes mixing this up tonight then the next 90 min fighting with my portrait trying to figure out how to cut the vinyl decal correctly since yours came out so cute. #momfail Thanks for posting!

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  4. This stuff is amazing! I've only used it a hand full of times and can already tell a difference! Thankfully very much! :)

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  5. could this work for diaper rash too?

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    1. Yes. Amazing results. Used on my nipples and tushies of all three of mine.

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    2. Yes. Amazing results. Used on my nipples and tushies of all three of mine.

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  6. Yes. This works very well. My lactation consultant told me I could make it and it does save a lot of money.

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  7. Thank you for this post! My lactation consultant saved it and printed it for me, and I'm sharing with all the mamas I know!

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  8. Ladies is the baby safe? Do you wash it before breastfeeding

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  9. Hi Gigi, please email me. I would like to turn this into a handout for my clients!
    kimlanemidwife@gmail.com

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  10. Worked great! Thank you so much for sharing! So much easier and safer than using a needle to lance it at home 😳 Used it for a stubborn blister, worked within 2 usages!

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