Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
Recycle Leaked Breastmilk with the Milk Saver
Mothers who care about our planet recycle their boob juice.
The Problem: I may get a few details wrong because this dad isn’t lactating yet, but here goes… Breasts are spigots, sort of like two faucets sitting side-by-side. When you turn one on, for some women, the other one turns on too. It gets a bit leaky.
If you have only one breastfeeding infant, when he’s gulping from one faucet, the other faucet is sending milk down the drain. Or into your breast pad, or whatever.
Waste. Waste. Waste. All that wasted milk!
The Solution: Rent a second baby to suckle the dripping faucet. Okay, maybe “rent” is an unnecessarily inflammatory word. I’m merely suggesting that new moms leave home and live in a breastfeeding commune in the forest for 12 to 24 months, spending their time singing in song circles while swapping babies. Every drop is sacred, as they say.
The Other Solution: Recycle your milk with The Milk Saver by Milkies. Technically, in the grand five-Rs, (reduce, reuse, recycle, reclaim and restore), we’re really talking about reclaiming spent milk.
The Milk Saver is an insert for your nursing bra that collects leaked milk and stores it in a reservoir inside your bra. Your nipple fits through an opening and you just breastfeed. If you’re a real gusher, you can attach a sterile bag instead of using the built-in reservoir.
The company states:
“Slim and portable, no one will even know you are wearing it. Best of all â€” it collects your leaking breast milk when you nurse, allowing you to store extra breast milk effortlessly. When you have breast milk available all the time, you will never resort to formula.”
For you moms with supernumary nipples (extra nipples), there’s no word on whether the Milk Saver fits your predicament. I expect a Band-Aid bandage would probably meet your absorption requirements.
One mother weighed in on a Milk Savers review at Babygooroo.com noting that there isn’t a lid on the reservoir… “So you need to be careful not to tip it after nursing.” Yowza!
Now, my wife says she doesn’t need such a device. She simply presses against her leaky boob in order to stop it cold. And, she thinks leakage is much less of an issue starting between 4 to 6 months because once you begin adding solid food to your baby’s diet, he nurses less and your body naturally down-regulates (doesn’t produce as much milk).
There’s nothing like having Grandma around to join in on the conversation. She says in the 1960s she used a “milk cup” for collecting spent milk. I googled into a conversation about these cups and found a modern breast shell by Avent that Grandma says is exactly what she used, minus a bit of accent touches.
I have some questions for you moms…
- Would you carry a milk bottle, maybe even a milk carrying pack loaded with an ice pack, when you go out and about in order to save your milk? Isn’t the pure genius of unencumbered breastfeeding that you don’t have to lug around supplies like mothers who use formula milk?
- How much freakin’ milk do you gals leak anyhow?