From the second I got that very first positive pregnancy test (which was after a long time with fertility treatments in the making – you can read about it here), I knew that I was going to breastfeed my baby. I knew that it was the best thing for my baby and I was determined to do it no matter what. Thankfully for me, breastfeeding came easily and I never had any real issues. My first, although she was in the NICU for 3 days, was able to breastfeed like a champ and with a little help from the nurses there, we were breastfeeding like pros before we left the hospital. That is not always the case for most women.
Approximately 77% of US mothers breastfeed their babies but by 6 months, that numbers drops to 49% and by the time these babies hit their first birthdays, that number is a measly 27%. I am currently 17 months into breastfeeding my fourth baby, but as you can see from those numbers, I am by far outside the norm. I am lucky. I did however, with each baby, always have the same concern. Was I producing enough and was baby getting enough breast milk?
These concerns were heightened with the birth of my third baby. He was my smallest baby weighing in at 6lbs 15oz (my other two were 8lbs 8oz and 9lbs 4oz and my last baby was just a little bigger at 7 lbs but never had any issues) and I was actually worried because he was so small in comparison to my almost 10 pound baby. It wasn’t until we got home on that second day and visited our doctor that I felt concerned. I had never had any issues with the first two babies but this little one was very jaundice and we needed to get him back to the hospital for bloodwork. His tests that day came out high, not high enough for light therapy or to stay in the NICU, but enough that the nurse told me that I should switch him to formula. What?? Why would I switch him to formula? He was breastfeeding like a champ, we weren’t having any latch issues so why would she suggest formula for my 2 day old baby? Thankfully not being a first-time mom gave me a little more firsthand experience (please don’t misunderstand but I remember when I had my first, the overload of information and not really knowing from personal experience made for harder decisions about baby) and I questioned her as to why I should give him formula. Her answer was you can physically see how much he has eaten when you look at what is left in the bottle. At that moment she was absolutely right. When breastfeeding you never know how much milk your body is producing or how much baby is getting. Now imagine if you had this kind of information at your fingertips? The ability to know how much you are producing and how much baby is getting at every feeding. Now with MilkSense, you can.
Now imagine if you had this kind of information at your fingertips? The ability to know how much you are producing and how much baby is getting at every feeding. Now with MilkSense, you can.
I recently was given this product to review and I will tell you being a breastfeeding mom to 4, this thing would be a godsend during those first few months. It is super easy to use and even though we are not at the newborn stage, it was able to tell me how much milk I had in both breasts and how much my little man was consuming too. I was really impressed by the ease in which I was able to get a reading from each breast and the fact that it is super safe for baby.
Add to the fact that you can download software that will take all the readings from the MilkSense and input it into a program that will track everything for you, it’s a breastfeeding moms new best friend.
You can watch the video below to see how it works.
MilkSense is good for the breastfeeding mother:
- that has concerns with her milk supply
- who is going back to work and needs a way of knowing when to pump effectively at the office
- that is a stay-at-home mom and who has more than one child
- that is nursing twins and needs to keep track of her feeding and milk supply (MilkSense can only read two babies at the same time)
- who just wants to know
MilkSense is the world’s first breastfeeding monitor that allows you to determine the amount of
milk your baby receives from your breast. The monitor collects data on each individual breast,
allowing the device to become personalized for each user. MilkSense tells mom how much her
baby breastfeeds, giving peace of mind and reassurance.
- Increase confidence related to breast milk quantity.
- No contact with baby; safe for mom, and does not affect milk quality
- Know when your breasts are fullest to be more efficient with your time.
- Eliminates the need for other breastfeeding logs, lists and apps.
MilkSense can track:
- Length of time since last feed and which side; average amount of milk consumed; breast
fullness at different times of the day; baby’s weight gain over time, and more.
- Provides important feeding and related growth charts for you and your baby’s physician.
- Simple and easy to use; measurements takes just 10 seconds.
- Safety Tested: PVC Free; BPA Free; Phthalates Free.
It also comes with the Bscale which allows breastfeeding moms to weigh baby on a regular basis using an infant car seat. The Bscale was easy to use and get accurate readings from. As my little man had just come from the doctors’ office and was weighed there, I was able to use the Bscale and I got almost the exact same weight (it was only an ounce off) as the doctors’ scale, which was wonderful and proves that the Bscale is indeed very accurate. I then proceeded to weigh him before feeding and then right after as the instructions said to get readings about how much milk he had taken from me at his feeding. The Bscale and MilkSense device have to be used at least three times per breast to have the machine calibrated to you and baby.
Overall, I am totally impressed with this product and I am hoping that when (or if) we get pregnant with baby #5, that I will be able to truly put MilkSense through its paces with a newborn and be able to use the unit to its full potential and re-review it at that time. I wish that this product had been available when I had my first as it would have alleviated some of the fears that I had. Although breastfeeding itself was easy for me, not always knowing was hard, no matter what baby I was feeding. This product will truly give you peace of mind, the peace of mind that can only come from having information at your fingertips.