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 contains alcohol or not!
Milkscreen is a consumer product and is 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.
Milkscreen is subject to one or more U.S. Patents and Patents Pending including U.S. Pat. No. 8.323.914.
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 completely 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.
What is Milkscreen?
Milkscreen is a simple test to detect the presence of alcohol in breast milk. It’s non-invasive and takes just two minutes.
Can I test using refrigerated or frozen breast milk?
Yes, but the milk should be brought to room temperature before testing. Once the milk is at room temperature, gently swirl the bottle containing the breast milk and pour a small amount into a container. Use milk from the container to perform the test.
I read my results, but then noticed awhile later that the test pad had darkened in color. What does this mean?
The two-minute mark is what’s important. Because it’s exposed to oxygen, the test pad may continue to darken over time, even if alcohol is not present. The color of the pad exactly two minutes after saturation is the most accurate result.
How long does alcohol last in the breast supply?
A typical drink – a 12 oz beer, a 5 oz glass of wine, or a 1.5 oz portion of hard liquor, for example – takes an average of two to three hours to metabolize out of your system. But everyone is different, and it may last a longer or shorter period of time for you.
Do the Milkscreen test strips have an expiration date?
Yes. The expiration date is embossed on the back of each foil pouch containing a test strip. You’ll also find it on the outside of the package, on a sticker under “LOT.” The expiration date will be shown by year and month (e.g., 2016-08).
Why was Milkscreen created?
Maternal self-confidence is critical to maintaining breastfeeding. At the same time, many women want to enjoy an occasional drink after their baby is born and while they’re still nursing. (Hey, you’ve earned that glass of wine!) If you have an occasional alcoholic drink, you also want the peace of mind of knowing that your breast milk does not still contain alcohol. If alcohol is still present at feeding time, you can provide your baby with an alternate source of breast milk (from a supply pumped earlier) or formula. Milkscreen enables you to make smart decisions to take the best care of your baby possible.
Should I still use Milkscreen even if I don’t feel intoxicated?
A feeling of intoxication is not an accurate measure of determining if there’s alcohol in breast milk … not to mention the fact that alcohol can give you a false sense of bravado. Every woman metabolizes alcohol differently, and the amount of time it takes for the alcohol to leave the breast milk supply also varies. Body weight, type and amount of alcohol consumed, and food intake will all affect alcohol metabolism.
How does Milkscreen work?
Milkscreen consists of a plastic strip with a reactive test pad applied to one tip. Two minutes after saturation with breast milk, the test pad will change color if alcohol is present at or above 13.1 mg/dL.
Can’t I just “pump and dump” to speed up the removal of alcohol from my breast milk?
From a practical standpoint, pumping and dumping may keep you more comfortable if you have alcohol in your breast milk, but it won’t actually speed up the alcohol metabolism. That’s because as long as it’s in your bloodstream, it’s in your breast milk; they metabolize at about the same rate. If you are able to wait to breastfeed, the alcohol will dissipate from your breast milk in a few hours. No need to waste that liquid gold!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.