This is scary: The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to nursing mothers not to use or purchase Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream, marketed by MOM Enterprises Inc. of San Rafael, California. The product label says there's no need to remove the cream before nursing, but it contains ingredients that may cause respiratory distress, vomiting and diarrhea in infants. Yikes!
The potentially harmful ingredients in the cream are chlorphenesin and phenoxyethanol. From the FDA release:
Chlorphenesin relaxes skeletal muscle and can depress the central nervous system and cause respiratory depression (slow or shallow breathing) in infants. Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications. It also can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration in infants.
Thankfully the FDA said it has not received any reports of injury to infants and MOM Enterprises had the good sense to stop selling the cream.