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Milkies Milk-Saver Review: Don’t Waste a Drop (and save yourself lots of laundry)

I have had the privilege of testing and introducing my readers to a lot of products since launching my blog in 2012. This is the first time that I am going to hop up on my soap box and say this is a game changer.

Every nursing mother is different, but I am willing to bet that many, many Moms are like me: really leaky. If I’m not wearing a bra, milk gushes out of my other breast when my baby is nursing. After every nursing session, I have to change my nursing pads, and most times my bra, too. If I had enough t-shirts suitable for nursing and someone else was doing my laundry, I’d be changing my wet shirt, too. At times, I’ve held a baby bottle under my leaky boob to prevent soaking my nursing pads and collect some milk for a future Papa feeding. But if I’m holding a bottle under one boob and my baby with the other, guess how many hands I have left to check Facebook or sip my tea? [If you just had a baby and your brain is mush, the answer there is zero.]

Enter the Milk-Saver. 

 You’ve got a soft, silicone shell and a plastic, rectangular “nipple shelf” (that’s my term, not theirs). Wearing any bra (nursing or not) or a snug tank top, you plug your non-nursing nipple into the hole and feed your babe on the other side. All the milk that used to squirt into your nursing pads is now being collected at the bottom of the shell. 

Milk-Saver Review ~ Maman Loup's Den 1

When you’re done nursing, remove the Milk-Saver and you can now save that milk that would otherwise have been wasted by pouring it into a bottle or a breast milk baggie.

Milkies Milk Saver Review - Maman Loup's Den ~ Pouring out the milk

I’m collecting milk to donate to the Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank, so I’m saving every last drop. On average, I collect an ounce at every feeding. (According to comments from Facebook fans, some Mamas collect 2-3 oz. at a time!) I pour that milk into one of my sterilized storage bottles and put it in the fridge. I basically work throughout the day on a rotation, since my goal is to put 4-5 oz. together in a baggie and freeze it, but I don’t want to mix fresh, warm milk with the milk that’s already been chilled. By the time I’m on my third collection, I just combine the two already chilled bottles into one and pour the fresh milk into the now empty bottle or bag. At the end of the day I put it all together and into the freezer. Most days, assuming I’m home almost each time I nurse, I collect 4-5 oz. just from the Milk Saver, and if I pump, I’m stockpiling double that. I sanitize my Milk Saver by boiling it for 5 minutes at the end of the day. In between feedings, I rinse it with hot water and mild dish soap. 

Milkies Milk Saver Review - Maman Loup's Den ~ Great results

If I weren’t trying to collect extra for the milk bank, my Milk-Saver would pretty much eliminate my need to pump, since it’s not very often that my babies need to take a bottle.*

So while my main goal in trying a Milk-Saver was to avoid wasting any milk, the other immensely positive side effect is how much less laundry I have to do. I was having to make sure to throw in a load daily, otherwise I was running out of nursing pads and bras. The first day I used my Milk-Saver, I was getting ready for bed wearing the same bra and nursing pads (and t-shirt) I’d started the day with. 

The Milk-Saver comes with a storage case that doubles as a stand, so if you can’t get up right away, you can set the Milk-Saver down like so:

  The one improvement I would suggest would be for Milkies to offer a duo-pack: I think most Moms would prefer to have two Milk-Savers rather than just one. Having two would mean you’ll more easily have one at hand and clean when it’s nursing time. (Hungry babies don’t wait for your to wash your Milk-Saver.) The only other improvement I can think of is one I don’t think is possible: to alter the design so that you can use it lying down. 

A Milk Saver will set you back $36 CAD. I’ve had Mamas ask if it’s worth the price tag. For me, all the milk I will be able to donate without having to pump makes it worthwhile, but if you’re not a milk donor, I can assure you of the following:

If you have leaky boobs and you spend money on disposable nursing pads; time, energy and water washing milk-soaked clothing and nursing pads or just time pumping milk for bottles, then yes, it’s $36 well spent. 

A word of warning: make sure you remove your Milk Saver before you get up and lean over to change a diaper or help your toddler pick up a toy! 

Milkies also sent me a set of their Softies nursing pads to try. They are PUL-backed (a must if you’re leaky) with soft, bamboo terry against the breast and an inner core of microfiber. They’re my favourites for nighttime because they’re large and super absorbent. 

Softies Nursing Pads by Milkies

 

* I just want to add that in speaking with the Milk Bank, I learned that they don’t encourage the use of a Milk Saver because it mainly collects the foremilk for donation, and the NICU babies, of course,  require a balanced feeding. They will still accept it, but must take this into consideration when pooling it with other donated milk. I plan on labeling my Milk Saver collection as such. 

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You can buy Milkies products on their website or via my affiliate links to Well.ca,  Amazon.ca or Amazon.com. My homegirl Renee also carries them at Lil’ Monkey Cheeks!

 Have you tried a Milk Saver yet? Wish you had one when you were nursing?

 





37 responses to “Milkies Milk-Saver Review: Don’t Waste a Drop (and save yourself lots of laundry)”

  1. Monica Miller

    I plan on donating to the The Rogers Hixon Ontario Human Donor Milk Bank is all goes well when baby is born in December and only plan on investing in the Ameda one-hand breast pump instead of a fancy electric one – so it’s great knowing how much you are able to collect simply by using this milk saver. My question is: how comfortable is it? Are you aware you are wearing it the entire time or is it comfy enough you can sort of forget about it (but not long enough to spill it all over lol)? Thanks!!

    1. Lindsay Gallimore

      It’s really quite comfortable, honestly, to the point that I DO forget I’ve got it in my bra!

  2. Jessica

    I have a set, but have yet to use them with mommy brain and all. I don’t leak horribly, but have had issues recently when I forgot to put pads in during the day while baby was gone or didn’t pump when I planned to.

  3. Dae-Lin Sommers

    I would love to try these. I couldn’t breast feed with my first. But I think this would help me try even harder with the new baby coming in March. Thank you for the reviee. It was great to read that it is as awesome as it looks. And thank you for the opportunity for a chance to win a set

  4. Danielle Lovejoy

    I’m breastfeeding my second child currently and leaking horribly! I’ve seen these and was skeptical but now I’ll have to try them out!

  5. Claudia Joyal

    I thought i would buy something like that for my first and then i was told it wasn’t worth it so i didn’t. What a mistake!! I was leaking through all my nursing pads so fast, at some point i just decided to hold a bottle under my leaky boob when i was alone breastfeeding at home. I’m definitely getting one of these this time around!

  6. Viv Sluys

    I found out about these when I (thought) I was almost done nursing my 3rd but since she was 2 I wasn’t really leaking anymore. I had wished for something like this when my 1st was a baby and again when my second was. I will be getting the milksavers for this baby!

  7. Megan Kabbes

    I think this is a great idea! I should try one! Thanks for the review.

  8. Amanda Giovannone

    My husband and I just heard about this. When he told me I thought it was a fantastic idea!

  9. Lindsey Bona-Eggeman

    This would be so helpful in collecting that liquid gold instead of it going to waste. I have wanted the milkies since my first pregnancy.

  10. meghan

    What a great idea. I was a leaker with #1, and I hope I can save some of that with #2!

  11. Snadypooh@gmail.com

    I don’t have enough milk to really use this but am really hopeful I will with the next pregnancy!!

  12. Melanie Morin

    I was lucky with my first baby, she had a good latch and loved nursing. My only issue was that at 2 months old she decided to nurse for significantly shorter periods of time and I did not react well to the pump, so my supply diminished and it was difficult to make enough milk for my little girl. I wanna keep trying this time around (due in November) and feel that with this product at least I wouldn’t be losing all the good milk in pads.

  13. Erica Pai

    I wish I’d heard of this 3+ months ago! I leaked so much from one breast when she fed that it’d soak everything… I could have saved so much milk! I didn’t even think of looking for such a product, as I’m a first-time mom. I will definitely look into this for when we make our next little “pie”!

  14. Camille W

    This would have helped so much in the early days when I was constantly leaking while feeding. If I win, I might give it to my girlfriend who is pregnant or keep it for the next bubs…who knows…

  15. Kristen

    I saw milk savers on Pinterest a while ago and thought they looked like a bit of a scam, so it’s great to see such a positive review. As a chronic “leaker,” I’d love to give these a try.

  16. Melissa F

    I have seen these before but wasn’t sure if it would be worth the cost. Definitely interested now. I do love the idea of not losing all that good milk so maybe I will get one before my new baby gets here!

  17. Chelsea Maguire

    I use mine lying down. I just rotate in my bra so when I’m nursing the bottom boob the top boob is collecting. But it’s easy to spill the milk if you don’t remember to get it out before standing up.

    1. Lindsay Gallimore

      Or if you fall asleep!

  18. Bonnie Burton

    Been looking into these now with my second baby.

  19. Marianne

    I completely should have had them with my last baby. She had transfer issues so I would both nurse, pump and top up with formula or breastmilk. I really could have used any little bit of breastmilk back then… I so need a set for any future babies.

  20. Desiree

    I never knew there was such a thing till a few weeks ago. I didn’t think I would need such an item till I started breastfeeding. Now I know that these would really come in handy!

  21. Stefanie Skinner

    These sound awesome! Too bad they’re not ideal for milk donation though.

    1. Lindsay Gallimore

      So, I thought of a new approach this evening: I wore the Milk Saver while nursing, then pumped that same breast right after since she only ever nurses one side at a time (or at least, 9 times out of 10). Then I had a nice 5 oz to donate! Otherwise I figure if I collect a whole baggie of fore milk, I’ll label it as such.

  22. Cherise Romero

    Ive always had my eyes on these bad boys. They would definitely com in handy while breast feeding and ooops you start leaking. Lol

  23. alicia

    I always lost milk while my son was feeding and i had such supply issues that it broke my heart to miss a drop. Would live this.

  24. jssica

    Would love this! Over supply problem I’d love to save all the extra leakies
    😀

  25. Kim Swindell

    I tend to hold my nipple depressed in to keep from leaking everywhere, but with more work opportunities for me this round, it is vital I am able to collect as much as I can! I have always used disposable pads so now that I cloth diaper, I am desperate to find a cloth breast pad that will work.

  26. sara koepke van schyndel

    This is an awesome invention. I always have milk puddles on my nursing tank after little miss is done eating. It seems like such a waste. These would save my clothes and my milk!

  27. Jennifer Lasovich

    Wow! This milk saver could have saved me a ton of milk! I’ll definitely be getting one for my friend who is due to have her baby shortly.

  28. Tamar Hoover Taylor

    I cannot wait to try these. Going through nursing pads and wasting milk always made me so sad, very excited about this product.

  29. Candice

    I think this is such a great idea, and I’d love to try it! My cousin used one and highly recommended it! She was able to save a lot of milk 🙂

  30. Sarah Thurston

    I loved mine. When I was nursing my twins I’d regularly get 2-4 ozs that as you said otherwise got wasted. I have a 4 month old now and this post reminded me to go email them about a replacement nipped shelf lol. Mines gone missing!!! 🙁

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