MilkSense makes lots of sense to me. Given the vast amounts of products on the market for moms, this one stands out. It’s amazing to me how far we have come with technology. MilkSense measures breast milk, measures how much baby nursed, it keeps track of feedings and which side you’ve fed on last. I don’t know about you but I was so tired nothing worked to remind me.
I used a safety pin on my nursing bra that I would switch sides, I even tried a bracelet. I was just too exhausted to remember. Of course I learned by touch as I became more accustomed to my body but it was still hard on some days to remember. So the fact that this little device does that alone for me is pretty amazing. Sometimes I would nurse on one side so much the other side would suffer and I would realize I wasn’t for lack of a better word, rotating.
I’ve had four children and have successfully breastfed them all.
My firstborn I nursed until she was fifteen months, it was an amazing experience and I took to it so naturally as did she. My second daughter was the same, very easy, I nursed her until she was eighteen months.
Then came my son, he was a big baby. Ten and a half pounds. I had difficulty nursing him, he cried all the time, nursed frequently. He was wetting enough diapers for me to not go to the doctor including the lovely mustard poop that breastfeeding babies have, but he was unhappy. I tried everything I had done with my daughters. Nothing was working. I felt like I was letting him down, and myself as well.
I remember the day my husband came home and I was in tears, announcing I was going to give him formula and stop nursing. He wasn’t even a month old. I was heartbroken. My husband took my son from me, told me to go take a bath and relax.
I knew I had milk, but I was second guessing my body and my abilities as a previous breastfeeding mom. If I had MilkSense in that bathroom with me that day I would have been a little more relaxed knowing I did indeed have more than enough milk. It would have led me to the next reason my son wasn’t nursing which was a poor latch.
I went to a breastfeeding clinic for some help because I really didn’t want to give up. I wanted to try a few more times. It turns out my son was so big, he would begin nursing and slip to the end of my nipple as soon as I would relax my arms, which was usually almost right away as he was such a big boy. The lactation consultant gave me a few good pointers and sent me home. It took a little while to adjust to nursing with tons of pillows and learning to keep my arms tighter, cradling his head and not allowing him to slip.
In a few days we were gold. I know if I had MilkSense, it would have made things a lot less stressful, but I still would have made the appointment to see the lactation specialist. Women can have enough milk as I did and there can still be obstacles to nursing that we sometimes don’t see. It was such a relief for someone to tell me I was doing everything right and that my wee big man was just a tad bit lazy.
I went on to successfully breastfeed my son until he was twenty-two months. My last daughter was born via c-section. She was another big ten pound baby and all was well with her. I nursed her until she was twenty-six months. That was the end of what was a beautiful time for me. A very positive time in my life. It’s been eight years since my breastfeeding and baby days and since then so many remarkable products have come on the market for moms and their babies.
This product is remarkable and one of a kind on the market. Of course it’s not to take the place of doctors or lactation specialists but it’s an aid that will alleviate the stress some moms feel. We all have different stories of nursing. No child is the same just as breastfeeding each child is a unique experience and brings unique challenges to us.
MilkSense comes with a product called Bscale where you can weigh your newborn at home. In their car seat! A perfect pair, a device designed to measure your milk and a scale to measure baby’s weight. It could be a great shower gift too. A dynamic duo that is sure to be an asset to any breastfeeding mom.
I have been invited to moderate a twitter party with the wonderful @AskMamaMoe and the delightful @Montreal_Mom on January 15th. We’ll be chatting breastfeeding. There will be prizes open to Canada and the U.S. Please come out and join us. Come get to know the brand MilkSense because it makes sense. Don’t forget to read the rules on Julia’s post here and remember to RSVP below!