I love breastfeeding but I hate to pump. I am sure most breastfeeding mama’s feel this way. When I was given the opportunity to review the Milk-Saver by Milkies I was so excited!
The Milk-Saver is a milk collection device that you slip into your bra or nursing tank to collect the milk from your non-nursing side. Sounds strange and looks complicated but it is really easy and simple. The Milk-Saver has got to be one of the best inventions ever!
The Milk-Saver has been rigorously tested to ensure zero chemical leaching and contains no BPA or phthalates. The Milk-Saver is also recyclable. The milk collection reservoir holds 2+ ounces of breastmilk but you can turn it upside down and attach any brand of breastmilk storage bag to it for heavier leakage.
When I first opened my Milk-Saver I was actually a little surprised to see how large it is. I thought there is no way this can be worn discreetly. I immediately went and washed it and put it on. I went up to my husband and asked him to tell me what side I was wearing it on. I could see it sticking out a little bit on one side and I was sure he would be able to see it as well. He guessed the wrong side every time I asked him to guess. I was pleasantly surprised with that.
The first time I wore the Milk-Saver I didn’t get very much out but I wasn’t too surprised since I had fed Aniala on that side shortly before. The next time I wore the Milk-Saver I collected one whole ounce of milk! I was shocked. I had no idea I was leaking that much into my cloth nursing pads.
The Milk-Saver is quite comfortable, so much so I forget that I am wearing it after a few seconds. I learned a lesson the hard way about keeping the case near by. The case doubles as a stand for the Milk-Saver so you can pull it right out of your bra and keep it upright while you lay down the baby. I had just finished feeding Aniala and my husband was trying to get Korben to bed. Korben started screaming for me so I quickly handed over Aniala to my husband and leaned down to pick up Korben. I ended up with milk all over me soaking my bra and shirt! I know there was quite a bit in there because I had peeked in there while I was feeding Aniala. The last time I split milk I actually cried because I hate pumping so much and is not very comfortable at all. This time I was disappointed but mostly because I couldn’t measure how much milk I collected. I didn’t waste any effort at all collecting that milk and it would have ended up in the laundry anyway.
The Milk-Saver is easy to clean too. Just clean the Milk-Saver with soapy water or it is top shelf dishwasher safe. I have been washing it with soapy water in between uses during the day and then at the end of the day I run it through the dishwasher with my load of dishes. It dries really fast too, I just hang it upside down on a bottle rack and it is always dry by the next feeding.
Today when my husband came home Korben had low blood sugar and was being pretty fussy. I wanted to get dinner started right away and wouldn’t you know it Aniala got hungry right then. I still had the two ounces of milk I collected today in the fridge so I just put it in a bottle and I was able to finish dinner while my husband fed her.
Since I am a stay at home Mom I really don’t have to pump but there are times when I like a break from the kids to go shopping or to a movie. Plus I always like to keep a little stash just in case. I used to only pump on the weekends but now I think my pump will be retired. I will be using my Milk-Saver all the time now! Every breastfeeding Mama needs the Milk-Saver!
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