The first group (breast milk users) included 78 patients, the second group (lanolin users) included 74 patients, and the third group (control group) included 73 patients. The 3 groups were similar in gravidity, delivery method, pre-delivery breast feeding education, the beginning time of the first breast feeding, prior success breast feeding experiences, detergent agents usage for nipples, use of formula, and pacifier. Clinical manifestations, such as appearance time of symptoms, irritation and breast wound were not significantly different. The healing time was different in these 3 groups (p=) according to the mean ranking in the groups. The healing time in the lanolin group was longer than the breast milk group (p=) and the control group (p=). No side effects were noted during the study.
SOURCES: Pat Sterna, RN, IBCLC, lactation counselor, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Carol Huotari, IBCLC, certified lactation counselor, manager of the Breastfeeding Information Center, La Leche League International, Schaumberg, Ill. Audrey Naylor, MD, president and CEO Wellstart International, San Diego. Katy Lebbing, IBCLC, La Leche League International. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, January-February 1995; vol 11: pp 26-33. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 40th Anniversary Edition, La Leche League American Academy of Pediatrics.