ALCOHOL AND BREASTFEEDING?
Whether it’s the occasional margarita with girlfriends at happy hour or a glass of wine after the baby goes down, sometimes moms just need to unwind. And now there’s a way to have your cake and let baby eat, too! Two minutes is all it takes to test for alcohol in breast milk with Milkscreen.
Do I Need to Pump and Dump?
Many moms worry about drinking alcohol and breastfeeding—and now they don’t have to! Milkscreen is an easy-to-use at home test that detects alcohol in breast milk. Because everyone metabolizes alcohol differently, the amount of time it takes for alcohol to leave your breast milk also varies. When you drink, alcohol gets in your bloodstream, not your breasts, so expressing your milk will not get the alcohol out of your system any more quickly. You may be throwing away breast milk unnecessarily or feeding your baby breast milk that still has alcohol in it. Now you may never have to pump and dump breast milk again. Learn more about alcohol and breastfeeding...
Over time, the body will naturally metabolize the alcohol in breast milk but the only way to know for certain that it’s gone is to test it. Feeling tipsy is not an accurate measure of determining if alcohol is present in breast milk—but breast milk alcohol test strips are. And Milkscreen is the only test of its kind in the world. Read more about the benefits of breastfeeding.
About Milkscreen: Can I Drink While Breastfeeding?
According to lactation consultants and pediatricians, that’s one of the most common questions they hear. Every once a while, moms just need a glass of wine while breastfeeding!
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that nursing mothers can have an occasional alcoholic drink—the equivalent of a 12-ounce beer, 4-ounce glass of wine, or ounce of hard liquor—but that mom should wait at least two hours per drink before breastfeeding.
When you drink, about 2% of the alcohol you consume will enter your bloodstream and breast milk. But because everyone metabolizes alcohol differently, the amount of time it takes for the alcohol in breast milk to metabolize also varies. Metabolism depends on many factors including body weight, type of alcohol consumed, and food intake. So how is a breastfeeding mom to know when the alcohol has left her breast milk? Milkscreen.
For moms concerned about alcohol and breastfeeding, Milkscreen contains easy-to-use alcohol test strips that will detect alcohol in breast milk.
Finally, a scientific answer to moms’ concerns regarding alcohol and breastfeeding!
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How it Works: Milkscreen is Easy to Use
To use Milkscreen, simply express a few drops of breast milk on to the test strip. If the color pad changes color after exactly two minutes, alcohol is present.
To ensure optimal results please read Milkscreen Alcohol test results exactly 2 minutes after saturating test pad with breast milk. Reading the test results before, or after, 2 minutes may cause an incorrect result.
Note: Cutting, or altering, test strip can damage the test pad and cause an incorrect result. Do not use if test strip is torn or damaged. Do not open foil pouch until immediately before testing.
Testimonials: What Moms are Saying About Milkscreen?"As a breastfeeding mother, I love Milkscreen. For those who don't know what this is, Milkscreen tests for alcohol in breast milk. I love my wine and missed it dearly when I was pregnant. I knew I wanted to breastfeed so I was thinking it might be forever before I could enjoy another glass of chardonnay. But now that I found Milkscreen, I can have a glass without the worry." — Baby Center
"One of the things I was worried about when I committed to breastfeeding was whether I’d be able to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail with dinner. I'd wait exactly two hours to breastfeed after a drink because that’s the amount of time I heard it took for my body to metabolize the alcohol. Then there were other times I'd have to pump and dump breast milk because I wasn't sure if there was still alcohol in my system—I'd feed the baby a bottle of milk I had pumped earlier that day or had stored in the freezer. Then I heard about Milkscreen on Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami. Kourtney Kardashian used the strips to test her milk. My husband calls it the ‘boobie breathalyzer.’ That makes me laugh when I say it out loud. I’m raising a glass to Julie Jumonville, inventor of Milkscreen! Seriously, what a great idea! Breastfeeding mommies shouldn’t feel guilty or worry about enjoying a glass of wine if they choose." — Mommy Beta
“I think Milkscreen is great for several reasons. Yes, we know that it is ok to drink in "moderation" while breastfeeding. However, moderation means something different to everyone. Many moms would just like the peace of mind of knowing that their milk is clear of alcohol. I think Milkscreen allows moms to feel like they can relax a little. First time moms are so nervous and want to do what is best for their baby - usually sacrificing their own interests for this cause. That is great, but everyone needs to relax sometimes and for me, having a drink on date night allows me to unwind and recoup for the next week - and now I can do it GUILT FREE! I highly recommend Milkscreen and really appreciate the women who came up with it.”— Kelly D.
“Milkscreen is an awesome product. My husband was home on R&R from Afghanistan and he felt I deserved a night out with him since I wasn't pregnant anymore. Milkscreen made me feel like I was still a good mom but let me have some alone time with my hubby as well! I plan to bring a pack with me when I visit my in laws and can finally have a glass of wine!” — Chelsea H.
What Lactation Consultants are Saying About Milkscreen?“I’ve found that many of our clients actually continue breastfeeding much longer than they would have otherwise due to their ability to test their breast milk after enjoying an occasional glass of wine. Milkscreen has been a valuable resource to offer our clients this peace of mind as we encourage them to breastfeed their babies as long as possible.” — Gabriela B.Gerhart, Lactation Consultant and Founder of The Motherhood Center
“Milkscreen is a useful tool for breastfeeding mothers that want to drink responsibly for themselves and their babies. Many mothers feel overwhelmed and isolated when they think that they have to give up their adult lives in order to breastfeed. Milkscreen takes the guesswork out of an important decision that many mothers face at one time or another during their breastfeeding experience.”— Lauren Reyes, Lactation Consultant and breastfeeding mother of three Back to Top of Page
FAQs: What Moms Want to Know...
What is Milkscreen?Milkscreen is a simple test that takes two-minutes to detect the presence of alcohol in breast milk.
Can I test using refrigerated breast milk?You may use breast milk that has been refrigerated or frozen, but milk must be brought to room temperature before testing. When milk is at room temperature, gently swirl the bottle containing breast milk and pour a small amount into a container and perform the test.
I read results at two minutes but then noticed a while later that my test pad had darkened in color. What does this mean?Milkscreen results should be read two minutes after saturating the test pad with breast milk. Test pad may continue to darken over time (even if alcohol is NOT present) due to continued exposure to oxygen in the air. Therefore, the result at exactly two minutes is the test result you should use.
Do the Milkscreen test strips have an expiration date?Yes, the expiration date is embossed on the back of each foil pouch containing an alcohol test strip. It is also noted on the outside of the packaging on a sticker under LOT—expiration date will be shown by year and month (i.e. 2014-10)
Why was Milkscreen created?Many women wish to resume occasional low to moderate alcohol consumption after delivery, but often are concerned about the presence of alcohol in their breast milk. Maternal self-confidence is critical to maintaining breastfeeding so we created Milkscreen to help give mom the peace-of-mind that her breast milk does not contain alcohol.
Should I use Milkscreen if I don’t feel intoxicated?A feeling of intoxication is not an accurate measure of determining if there is alcohol in breast milk. Because everyone metabolizes alcohol differently, the amount of time it takes for alcohol to leave your breast milk also varies. Again, it depends on several factors including: • Body weight • Type of alcohol consumed • Food intake
How does Milkscreen work?Milkscreen consists of a plastic strip with a reactive test pad applied to one tip. Two minutes after saturation, the tip will change colors if alcohol is present at, or above, 13.1 mg/dL. Back to Top of Page
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