Re: Neosporin or Lanolin?
i personally didn't use neosporin or lanolin when i had tears on my nipples (from pumping). i also had thrush at the time, so i was using the all purpose nipple ointment (APNO)...which the lactation consultant said to use on the tears, too, since it's an antibiotic/anti-inflammatory/anti-yeast combo. and you don't have to wipe the nipple ointment off before nursing.
as for neosporin, this link states the following:
It is not necessary to wash small amounts of antibiotic or APNO ointment from the nipple prior to nursing, even if baby nurses again within minutes (see Dr. Jack Newman's Sore Nipples handout). If too much ointment was used and there is an obvious amount remaining when baby is ready to nurse again, gently wipe the excess off with a damp cloth.
Aleina... born on Mother's Day, May 14, 2006...7lbs 4oz, 21.6 inches
Lauryn Elle...January 26, 2008...7lbs 15oz, 20 inches