One of my goals for these next couple months is to exclusively breastfeed baby “N”. Now 9 days old, this has already proven to be somewhat of a challenge as her demand has been higher than my supply. After finding out I was pregnant I joined an online group for moms expecting in August 2013. One of them mentioned the Milkies Milk Saver and out of curiosity I decided to take a look.
I’m glad I did.
HOW IT WORKS
The Milk Saver is essentially a flexible “cup” with a nipple-sized hole in the back. You place the nipple of the breast you are not feeding with through this hole and pull your nursing bra back up over the Milk Saver and fasten shut. As you begin to nurse with your other breast, the breast in the Milk Saver will inevitably begin to leak. Rather than allowing this milk to be absorbed into a breast pad, the Milk Saver collects this milk, allowing you to store it for future bottle use.
During one feeding earlier today, my alternate breast leaked 1oz milk into the Milk Saver. Considering “N” is only eating 2-3oz per feeding, it’s awesome that I didn’t just lose this milk to a breast pad.
- Conserves breast milk
- I use washable breast pads, however for those using disposable this product is more environmentally friendly
- Clear front allows you to see how much you’ve collected (or you can simply look down your shirt and into the Milk Saver)
- Affordable – These saved ounces of breast milk will save you dollars and cents that you may have otherwise had to spend on formula
- There is no top, so if you forget you’re wearing it and bend over, you will spill breast milk all over your shirt. I also think tops would allow for nighttime/bedtime wear.
- While I said it is affordable, I think it would have been nice if they were sold in a pack of two. I am currently bidding on another on eBay because I would like to wear these, rather than breast pads, whenever I am awake.
WHO SHOULD USE THIS
- Pregnant woman with gestational diabetes – You may be surprised to hear me say that pregnant women should use this, however my sister (who has diabetes) read an article right after “N” was born about the benefits of colostrum for the newborn babies of moms with gestational diabetes. Feeding your newborn colostrum will keep his/her blood sugar up and hopefully keep him/her out of the NICU.
- Breastfeeding moms – I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. Don’t let any of your valuable breast milk go to waste by collecting it with a Milk Saver!