Friday, 25 May 2012

Green People Mum & Baby Rescue Balm

With a brand new baby, Mellow Mummy was the ideal person to test out the Mum & Baby Rescue Balm by Green People. Find out whether it helped mummy or baby get through those difficult first few weeks.

Breastfeeding a newborn can be pretty stressful, especially in those first few days when your nipples are sore, cracked and abused by a frantic baby trying to get milk. One of the primary uses of the Green People Mum & Baby Rescue Balm is as a nipple balm; I have been using it for a little while now, through a hot period of weather when my baby girl has been trying desperately to feed (well, I assume drink) every hour or so throughout the day. At the first sign of nipple pain from such regular feeding, I looked to the Rescue Balm to help me out.

The Mum & Baby Rescue Balm is a very light texture - much lighter than the lanolin cream I had used in the past. I love the texture... it almost melts into your skin and it isn't thick or tacky when you apply it. The balm is also very easy to dispense because it is not so thick.

The active ingredients are organic Calendula and Vitamin E to soothe, organic Shea Butter to reduce dry skin and organic Sunflower, Sweet Almond and Hemp Seed Oil softens the skin. It is also recommended to tackling dry skin on your baby as it is so gentle and softening; it can be used on babies and adults alike to tackle ezcema and psoriasis. Another use that Green People recommend this balm for is to soften the skin on the perineum before childbirth.

Most of the ingredients of the Mum & Baby Rescue balm are organic and as with other Green People products, it is free from Parabens, Lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants which is why it is suitable for small baby skin.

I have found the balm very effective at soothing my sore nipples from over-eager or poorly positioned baby! I appreciate now why this Green People product has recently been awarded a 'Must-Have Breast Treatment' award by TIPS.

I love the scent too; Officially the balm is scent-free but the natural ingredients give it a lovely honey-like smell that cheers me up, even when my nipples are sore! I have also used it on my little girl's hands and feet where the skin has dried and flaked after her first baths - she finds it very soothing for me to rub it gently into her tiny little digits!

The Green People Mum & Baby Rescue Balm costs £9.70 for 100ml. To me this seems like a massive amount of nipple cream but because it has several uses, perhaps such a large bottle makes sense.

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