I so wish I had a MilkSense Personal Breastfeeding Monitor when I was nursing my daughter because it is such a helpful new product for any breastfeeding mother. I am really happy that they have given me the opportunity to share information about their product with all of you. I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.
I remember the day my daughter was born as if it were yesterday. It was a moment I had spent months preparing for. I read everything I could get my hands on and had a plan for how I was going to give her the best possible care. A big part of that plan included breastfeeding. I had a picture of how it was going to go in my head. As soon as my daughter was born, the nurse would hand her to me. I would place her at my breast and she would start nursing. It would be as easy as that. After all, breastfeeding is a natural activity that mother and baby instinctively know how to do. Right?
Hmmmm, well it didn’t quite go as planned. Right from the start we had some difficulties. It turns out that I had inverted nipples and my baby had trouble latching on. This meant spending a lot of time with nurses trying to assist us in figuring out just the right hold to enable her to nurse. Once we got that figured out, I thought that our breastfeeding problems were solved and it would be smooth sailing from then on. Wrong again. My daughter didn’t seem to be getting enough milk from me and I felt like a failure as a mom.
I worried constantly about whether she was getting enough milk or not. The stress that I was experiencing made the whole situation even worse, affecting my milk supply, my ability to nurse calmly, and as a result, my daughter’s ability to get enough milk. It was a never-ending cycle. By the time she was 6 months old (much earlier than planned), I had to stop nursing entirely. Once again, I felt like I had failed as a mom.
Moms today have an advantage over what my daughter and I went through because now there’s MilkSense. MilkSense is a breastfeeding monitor that collects data on how much breast milk is available for your baby and then how much milk you baby consumes. It takes a mere 10 seconds pre- and post-feeding and in only three readings per breast, it will become calibrated to your personal body. With MilkSense, you can have a better idea of when your breasts are fullest, when it’s best to nurse or pump, and more. It can track the length of time between feedings, which side your baby last nursed on, the average amount of milk your baby is consuming, breast fullness at different times of the day, and how much weight your baby has gained over time.
Wow! If I had a device like that when I was nursing my daughter, it would have changed so much. The worst part of our situation was that there simply was no way of knowing how much milk she was getting. The only gauge we had was how much weight she was gaining or losing and that couldn’t really give me the whole picture. Being a new first-time mom, figuring out when to nurse felt like a guessing game. Sometimes it seemed like I was nursing almost non-stop but I just couldn’t tell when the optimum times were. The information gathered from MilkSense would have been a huge help to me as a new mom and would have given me important data to take to my doctor so we could both formulate an informed plan.
MilkSense is fast, easy, and convenient to use and 100% safe for mom and baby – it has no contact with your baby and has no effect on your milk quality. It’s been safety tested and is PVC free, BPA free, and Phthalates free. It comes with the Bscale – a portable baby scale that is highly accurate and allows you to keep track of your baby’s weight at home. Have a look at the video below to see more about how it works
Breastfeeding brings with it known health advantages for our babies and it can be frustrating and stressful when we, as moms, feel like we aren’t able to give them those advantages. The information provided by MilkSense and the Bscale can help new moms feel more confident and reassured in their breastfeeding, thereby helping to increase the chances of maintaining it longer and more successfully. MilkSense is available in select US Walmart stores this month and on Walmart.com
What has your breastfeeding experience been like?
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