This last pregnancy took a very long time to happen. I had been watching my diet, refraining from alcohol or anything else that might reduce my chances of getting pregnant. Once I got my positive test, we were beyond blessed and excited. This also meant I would continue my routine of zero alcohol for another ten months or so. Once my second daughter arrived, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I was pretty nervous about how I would even know if I had alcohol still in my system if I decided to indulge on a glass of wine finally. Thankfully, I saw that Milkscreen makes these amazing test strips that you can use at home that can detect the presence of alcohol in breast milk. They can detect the presence of alcohol at 13.1 mg/dL or greater in breast milk. How amazing is that!? The fact is, that 2% of the alcohol you consume will enter your bloodstream and breast milk. So be smart! No more pumping and dumping for long periods of time just hoping it’s all out of your system. Now you can know 100%!
Everyone metabolizes alcohol at different rates, which means that there’s no clear cut answer on when it will leave your breast milk either. Unfortunately alcohol isn’t just trapped in your breast milk. By this, I mean that you won’t actually be able to speed up the process by pumping and dumping. The alcohol is in your system and until it’s out, your breast milk will have it in it still. Time is the only thing that will naturally metabolize the alcohol from your milk, so testing your breast milk for the presence of alcohol with Milkscreen is the only safe way to know for sure. We aren’t crystal balls, so please don’t try and just determine that you think you no longer have it present in your milk. It’s not safe or smart.
Milkscreen test strips are completely easy to use and let’s you know in 2 minutes if your breast milk contains alcohol or not. All you have to do is pump a little bit of your milk and dip the test strip in the milk. If you don’t have a pump, you can also just saturate the test pad with milk directly from your breast. Now you wait 2 minutes for the results. If you have ANY color change at all on the test pad, that means that alcohol is still present at or above 13.1 mg/dL. You want to wait until you have absolutely no color change at all before you feed your baby with your breast milk.
Head over to Milkscreen Alcohol to purchase them online with free shipping. You’ll be happy to know that a lot of retailers carry these test strips locally as well. Click here to see where you can purchase in your own home town. These are a must-have item to have on hand at all times even if you rarely ever drink. You never know when you might just want one little drink. Better to be safe than sorry!
Special thanks for the sample provided for review purposes