When I was pregnant with Olivia, my oldest, my doctor asked me about my feeding plan. Would I breastfeed or use formula? I told her that I wanted to breastfeed. I’d talked to friends and family members and read books on the subject. Breastfeeding was also promoted in my prenatal classes at the local health unit. I had all these visions of what it would be like to breastfeed and honestly thought it would be something that would just come naturally to me.
Imagine my surprise when I first tried breastfeeding Olivia and I had NO idea what I was doing! We also discovered that Olivia was born “tongue-tied” where she had an extra piece of skin under her tongue that was preventing her from making a good latch. The nurse helping me with breastfeeding recommended I get a nipple shield to help Olivia latch on properly.
The nipple shield did help, but I worried she wasn’t getting enough milk because of it. My worries heightened when she started feeding every hour. I was getting no rest and as a young mom, I was not only tired, but also extremely anxious. I had it in my mind that my breasts weren’t producing enough milk so that must be why she was feeding so often.
I clearly remember the day I stopped breastfeeding. It was after a night of no sleep because I was up every hour feeding Olivia. It was also the day that my husband was returning overseas for his six-month tour of duty. I felt like a failure because I had planned to breastfeed for at least six months. Instead, I only made it six weeks. At the time, I thought I was doing what was best for Olivia. I was scared she was starving because I wasn’t producing enough milk. She needed to eat so I switched to a bottle and formula and gave up.
Had I known then what I know today, I believe I would have been able to breastfeed my baby longer.
Did you know that 77% of mothers in the USA breastfeed their baby, but by six months that number drops to approximately 49%? At the 12 month mark, it falls even more to 27%. Breastfeeding difficulties, life and work related issues can cause mothers to stop earlier than they intended to. My experience is proof!
Moms nowadays have a solution for these breastfeeding obstacles: MilkSense, the world’s first breastfeeding monitor. It helps moms determine how much milk their baby is getting from breastfeeding. It would have given me peace of mind and saved me constantly worrying.
One thing I lacked as a new mom was confidence. MilkSense can help build confidence and finally answers that question most breastfeeding moms want to know – is my baby getting enough milk?
MilkSense is personalized for each user and it only takes three readings for it to calibrate to the breastfeeding mom’s body. It’s then able to provide mom with invaluable information about their quantity of breast milk, baby’s consumption and growth, giving much-needed reassurance and peace of mind.
This is one SMART monitor. Check out some of the important features:
- Measure the amount of milk in each breast
- Measure the amount of milk that the baby consumed
- Track the side, date and time of each feeding
- Track baby’s weight gain
- Learn when your breasts are fullest
This monitor has no contact with your baby and is safe for moms to use. It does not have any effect on your milk quality.
Besides knowing the important info about how much milk baby is getting, I also appreciate the fact that it helps you stay organized. I used to wear a band on my wrist to remember which side I needed to feed my baby on next. It’s easy to forget because you are so tired and you also can’t always tell either. I like that MilkSense tracks all this information and is simple to use. It only takes 10 seconds to do measurements.
MilkSense also comes with a Bscale, a portable baby scale, and personalized software. The Bscale allows you to easily weight your baby at home and accurately tracks baby’s growth rate. You can save yourself going to clinics for weigh-ins. I used to go every month for the first year.
MilkSense would have been an excellent fit for me as a mom who had concerns about milk supply. It is also helpful for breastfeeding mothers who are going back to work and need a way of knowing when to pump effectively at the office, stay at home moms with more than one child and a mom breastfeeding multiples to help keep track of feedings and milk supply.
Unfortunately I can’t rewind time to 16 years ago when I was a struggling breastfeeding mom. If I could and had used MilkSense things may have turned out differently. However, for moms nowadays MilkSense is a tool you can use to finally KNOW the answers about your milk supply. You can’t put a price on peace of mind and if I were to ever become pregnant again, I would want to have my own MilkSense monitor.
MilkSense will be available in select Walmart stores in the US as of early January 2015 and on Walmart.com.
#MilkSense Twitter Party
Let’s talk breastfeeding at the MilkSense Twitter party on January 15th at 8 pm EST!
- Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
- Time: 8 to 9:30 pm EST
- Hashtag: #MilkSense
- Hosts: @AskMamaMOE with @Milk_Sense
- Moderators: @Montreal_Mom, @PositivlyPatty
- Eligibility for prizes: Open to USA & Canada
Add your Twitter name (ie. @simplystacienet) and link (ie. https://twitter.com/simplystacienet) to the linky below.