Who Says You Have To Give Up Your Favorite Cocktail Just Because You’re Breastfeeding? Not Us!
Drinking while breastfeeding can raise some questions. Are you throwing away breast milk unnecessarily? Are you giving your baby breast milk that has alcohol in it? Don’t guess, test! UpSpring Milkscreen, the first and only test of its kind, is an easy, 2 minute at-home test that detects alcohol in breast milk.
- Recommended by pediatricians and lactation consultants
- Non-invasive test strip
- Easy-to-read results in just two minutes
- No more guessing if your breast milk is safe for baby!
Milkscreen is also available in a 5 pack and an 8 pack.
Ready, Set, Test
You’ll need an accurate timer and a Milkscreen test strip. Simply express a few drops of breast milk onto the test strip or pour a small sample of milk into a clean container and dip the strip into the sample. If the test pad changes color at the two-minute mark exactly, alcohol is present. (Reading the test pad before or after the two-minute mark may cause an inaccurate reading.)
How Not To Mess Up The Test
Do not open the foil pouch until you’re ready to use the test strip. Do not cut or alter the test strip. Do not use if the test strip is torn or damaged. Doing any of these can damage the test pad and give you inaccurate results. (Also, you probably shouldn’t run with scissors, but this won’t affect your test results.)
Why Testing Is So Important
When you drink, about 2% of the alcohol you drink gets into your bloodstream. From there it passes into your breast milk in the same proportion. The alcohol then stays in both your bloodstream and breast milk until it is metabolized and out of your system entirely. 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. That’s because an alcoholic beverage in a standard portion typically takes two to three hours to clear from your bloodstream and breast milk. That’s an average.
But here’s the thing. Are you “average”? Heck, no! “Average” is meaningless when it comes to someone as special as you! No two women metabolize alcohol at the same rate. There are many factors that affect the metabolism of alcohol, such as body weight, the type and amount of alcohol you drink, and how much and when you’ve last eaten.
Milkscreen is a consumer product, and not intended to be used in the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of alcohol intoxication or poisoning or other health-related conditions in women or nursing babies.
20 test strips in the box