Milky! Review

Milky_wCTU_smallMake sure to read all the way to the end to see how and when you can win the chance to try Milky! out for yourself!

Breastfeeding with my first daughter was difficult. She had medical problems at birth and I was unable to breastfeed her. For the first 6 weeks of her life, I pumped around the clock, yet I struggled to produce enough milk. Then when she was able to breastfeed, I continued to struggle to produce enough. When she was 7 months old, and I was maybe pumping enough for 1-2 bottles a day while at work, I made the decision to wave the white flag. Abby was getting more formula than breast milk. I wasn’t sure if I had done as much as I could to stimulate my milk supply during the first few months of her life, but I do know that medical problems and stress probably didn’t help my body produce enough.

So this time around, as I’m gearing up to go back to work in a little less than 3 weeks, I’ve been doing all I can to boost my milk supply to build a freezer stash. I eat my oatmeal every morning and occasionally remember to drink some Mother’s Milk tea. I’m not counting calories and restricting my food too much, even though I’m trying to lose the baby weight. And I started pumping when Olive was just 3 weeks old.

What I noticed, though, when Olive began sleeping longer stretches at night, though, was that the amount of milk I was pumping started to diminish as my body adjusted to her new schedule. Of course I could have set an alarm and pumped in the wee hours of the morning, but honestly, as a new parent who is excited to get 5 straight hours of sleep, waking myself up unnecessarily was not on my agenda.

I started to do research and saw that an hour after feeding baby, if you pumped 1.5-2 ounces it was a sign that you had a good milk supply as it’s about half the amount baby will, on average, take from a bottle. Once Olive started sleeping more, I was lucky if I’d pump that much in one sitting, so I worried if my supply was where it should be.

As I’m committed to trying my best to do all that I can to breastfeed Olive for as long as I can, I reached out to Need Brands to see if I could try out Milky! I was sent a 12 day supply to see if it would boost my supply. And after 2 full days of drinking Milky! I was shocked to see my supply increase so soon! They said that on average it could take 3-4 days for moms to notice a difference so I was pleasantly surprised.

What I noticed right away was that in the early evening when Olive would tend to cluster feed as she prepared to have a full belly for sleep, she was no longer needing to eat as much. You see, your milk supply is generally less in the evenings and through the night so that’s why baby tends to want to cluster feed during this time, so having a bit of a boost meant that her cluster feeding didn’t happen as much other than during growth spurts.

I also noticed that during my pumping sessions, of which I do 2 a day {an hour after the first feeding in the morning and one right before I go to bed}, I was producing 1-2 ounces more. I went from pumping on average 4 ounces a day to 5-7 ounces a day! And this was on top of nursing Olive for all of her feedings. In addition, there was one day when I was going to miss a feeding so I pumped before I left and produced a little over 4 ounces. This was huge to me as a baby her age will on average take 3-4 ounces of breast milk from a bottle depending upon how many times they eat a day.

So I think it’s safe to say at this point that Milky! works! Well at least for me it does as I know everyone’s body reacts differently to supplements taken to stimulate breast milk production.

How Milky! works is that you take 2 bottles a day – once in the morning and once in the afternoon.  They don’t need to be refrigerated, but most moms have them cold, so I did too. They are quick little shots of goodness which is way easier for me than having to steep tea. Plus, I don’t forget to consume all of it. Having an infant is busy, especially with two kiddos, and my tea would sit on the counter all day because I’d forget about it. The small 2.5 ounce bottles makes it quick and easy to take a supplement to boost your supply.

I’ve heard from other moms that for them taking one bottle a day does the trick, and as I’m heading back to work soon and will be pumping 5 times a day {4 missed feedings as I get up super early and will pump before I leave for work and not wake baby up, plus 3 times at work, and I’ll continue to pump right before bed to keep my supply up and not be engorged too much} my plan is to buy another supply of Milky! and start out with one bottle a day to see how much I’m able to pump. It’s unfortunate, but pumps don’t do as good of a job as baby does to produce milk so I’ll take all the help I can get. And If I notice I’m not able to pump enough for a bottle in each pumping session, I’ll up it back up to two bottles.

Here is a little bit more about what’s in Milky! that helps boost your supply:

  • Fenugreek: Increases overall breast-milk supply
  • Fennel: Promotes faster let-down to alleviate baby’s colic symptoms
  • Ginger: Helps relieve upset stomach
  • Chamomile: Eases tension in mothers
  • Rooibos: Delivers natural anti-oxidants

I think Milky! is perfect for any working momma! It saves on time and really did help me to boost my milk supply. Placing an order this week is on my t0-do list of things I need to get done before I go back to work in a few weeks. And on that day when I do return, April 21st, I will be running a huge giveaway with lots of fun products to win, because let’s celebrate and be positive about returning to work, right? It’s helps all the emotions to look at it that way.  One of the products you could win will be a 12 day supply  try Milky! out for yourself! So make sure to stop by on April 21st and enter to win your own 12 day supply, plus find out all of the other goodies you could win.

Disclaimer: Need Brands supplied me with a 12 day supply of Milky! to try. All of the opinions expressed above are my own.

 

About the author

Tracy is the Creator and Managing Editor for LWM. She's a working teacher momma to Abigail, born 11/09 and Olive, born 12/13. By day she teaches middle school students all things related to reading and writing, and by night and weekend, she teaches her daughter all about life. You can find her tweeting as @wa_tracy.

2 Comments

  1. Tiffany Johnson says:

    I love Milky! But could only afford a 6 day supply. I am on my second day and have already noticed a huge difference. Hoping to win on April 21st because I have had supply issues with both of my sons. My 3 and 1/2 month old needs about 5 times what I can produce:( I have a really good feeling that Milky will help us a lot! <3

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    • Tracy says:

      Isn’t it amazing! It is pricey which is why I’m going to see if just taking one a day will help once I’m back to work.
      Twitter: wa_tracy

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