Don’t Pump and Dump! Test Your Milk with Milkscreen First

12/24/2010 at 10:00 AM ET
Courtesy UpSpring Baby

It’s that time of year again — the holiday party season! Out come the presents, the festivities and the food.

And for some new moms, it may include a few celebratory drinks along the way. But who says just because you’re breastfeeding, you can’t get in on the fun too?

Now nursing mamas can enjoy the parties and safely nurse their infants with UpSpring Baby‘s Milkscreen ($14).

Worried your breastmilk might contain alcohol?

Just apply a few drops of breastmilk on the discrete test strip and wait two minutes for the easy-to-read positive (alcohol is present) or negative (no alcohol) results.

Celeb mom Kourtney Kardashian — who was spotted on her reality show testing her milk supply after a fun night out — is already a big fan.

Anya Leon

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Danielle on

I used these when I went to all day wine tasting event while nursing twins. I pumped while there and tested my milk. I only had to throw out 6 oz worth at the end of the day. Great invention.

Linda on

This has got to be the most ridiculous useless products ever. I heard of this product before and I find it a shame it is still out there trying to reach a market.

One glass of wine is not harmful. Just don’t drink more than that!! And if you do: don’t breastfeed right after, but simply pump before you go out.

Sandy on

Pumping and dumping is NEVER necessary with alcohol. Alcohol is metabolized in the breast-milk in the same way as it is in the blood. It takes about one hour per drink (glass of wine, one beer, 2 oz hard liquor) to leave the bloodstream/breast-milk. If you have one drink, it’s safe to nurse your baby in an hour. If you have more, give yourself the correct amount of time and the alcohol will leave the breast-milk and blood and it will be safe to nurse. If a mom wants to have more than one or two drinks, doing so after baby is in bed for the night is a good option. It will be perfectly safe to nurse the next day.

grace on

We always followed the “when in doubt, dump it out’ rule.

sortacrunchymom on

This is a stupid product. If you think you need it, you drink too much. If you have one or two drinks and you don’t nurse for a couple hours, you’re fine.

jessicad on

I think it’s a great idea! It’s not too expensive and it never hurts to be sure you aren’t giving your child alcohol.

Appreciative Momma on

Screw you folks who think a person drinks too much if they use this product. After 9 months without drinking, Moms deserve a fun night on occassion. This product is awesome, so Moms can make sure they are doing the right thing for their baby and still have the opportunity to have a life out with other adults when they want to as well.

Jill on

Note: Do not follow Sandy’s advice. She is VERY wrong. Dumping breastmilk can be necessary.

My mom said you shouldn’t use the word NEVER!

Sandy on

Actually, I’m not wrong. The alcohol will leave the breast-milk, just like it leaves your blood. Do you “pump and dump” your blood to get rid of the alcohol? No. It is metabolized. Personally, I don’t feel the mother of a young baby has any reason to get drunk enough that she can’t care for her child (by feeding him/her). One or two drinks will leave the breast-milk in 1-2 hours and then it is safe to nurse again. A good rule of thumb is if you feel fine, your milk is fine.

As for Appreciative Momma, a mom can have fun without getting falling down drunk. It’s the idea that “fun” can only be had when alcohol is involved that contributes to the high abuse of alcohol in this country.

Cassandra on

Sandy is right – we don’t drain our blood after drinking to get rid of it, and we don’t need to pump and dump our milk! But I for one want to have more than 1 drink on New Year’s (too bad for those who think that’s bad) and am going to use these to make sure I’m not feeding my baby boozy milk. If it takes too long to test negative, then I might have to pump and dump if my boobs get too full. Glad to be having fun one night out of too many!

mari on

i don’t get the “you don’t pump and dump your blood so why pump and dump milk” argument. i think this thing is great. the last thing anyone needs is a drunk baby.

Jenna on

True we don’t “pump and dump your blood”, but we also aren’t giving that blood to someone else at the time. Better safe than sorry. If you’re going to drink, might as well test your milk.