While breastfeeding her second son one day, Helen Anderson, a registered nurse and certified lactation educator, began contemplating what happens to the milk that secretes from the unused breast during let-down and throughout the feeding session. This milk typically goes to waste on a breast pad and thrown away. So, Helen began thinking of a way to rescue this extra milk. Thus, the Milk-Saver was invented and by 2007 she and Renee Callanan (her mom) founded their own business (Milkies) to make the Milk-Saver available to all breastfeeding moms.
What is a Milk-Saver?
A Milk-Saver is an innovative tool that collects the milk that leaks from the non-nursing breast during a breastfeeding session. This milk can then be saved and used later (either to feed the child or to donate to a milk bank).
Helen sent me a Milk-Saver with a carrying case to review.
The Milk-Saver came with a super convenient carrying case. I found this especially helpful when we traveled. It kept the Milk-Saver clean in the diaper bag, and kept the diaper bag clean when the Milk-Saver had already been used.
The carrying case also has a feature where you can stand the Milk-Saver in it. This was helpful when I removed the Milk-Saver and still needed to close up my nursing bra as it provided a convenient place to set down the Milk-Saver in the meantime.
While I was in the hospital, I used the Milk-Saver as-is, letting the milk from my unused breast fill the reservoir. It worked like a charm and I was surprised at just how much milk (colostrum at the time) leaked from the opposite breast while nursing!
The Milk-Saver is pliable, making it easy to bend into a "spout" to easily fill a bottle or breast milk bag. (By the way, this is my husband illustrating this feature–my arms are not that hairy!)
When I got home and my milk went into overdrive, I found the feature wherein you can attach a breast milk bag (utilizing a rubberband) to the Milk-Saver a true life- and time-saver.
Wow! This is one of the most unique and innovative inventions I have ever had the pleasure to discover! It makes my unused breast feel better (as in less uncomfortably full) as I nurse and I really enjoy the fact that it reduces how often I need to pump (I have hyperlactation syndrome, so I must pump now and then just to stop the painful pressure). This is a definite must-have for any nursing mom.
You can purchase a Milk-Saver online at www.MyMilkies.com (use the coupon code "MEASURING_MOM" to receive 10% off your purchase now through March 15, 2012) or via various local and online retailers. Use Milkies' store locator to find a retailer near you.
A $27.95 Value
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