Before I became a mother, I thought all babies just breastfed. I mean a baby needs to eat so they must know how to do it, right? Ha, ha, ha, oh how wrong I was. For some moms and babies breastfeeding does come easily, for other moms there are bumps along the way. Between my 3 kids I have been breastfeeding for almost 3.5 years and counting, and have encountered everything from pinched and cracked nipples, working on getting the right latch, thrush, and breast/bottle transition. By the time I had my third child I thought I had “seen it all”. I was wrong…
Baby Roo was a big girl, over 9lbs when she was born and took to nursing right away. She had lost a little bit of weight by day 3 which is normal however she was still losing at day 5. With the boys, they barely lost any weight at all when they were born- they just started growing and never looked back. So what was going on this time? Had my milk come in? How much was she getting?
Lots of questions and few answers. I started pumping to help my milk come in, and to give me peace of mind that there actually was milk. That is the tricky thing with breastfeeding – you can’t see what you baby is getting and especially when they are little it can be difficult to hear those little swallows.
But now there is a product that has recently launched in the USA to help moms answer the question: how much breast milk is my baby getting? MilkSense is a personal breastfeeding monitor that allows moms to track the amount of breast milk your baby drinks.
So how does MilkSense work? There are really 3 parts:
- MilkSense personal breastfeeding monitor
- MilkSuite software
First, you need to calibrate the monitor by using the scale to weigh your baby before and after nursing, along with taking readings on the breast with the MilkSense monitor. The Bscale easily attaches to a bucket car seat and can detect the weight difference of your baby after they have fed.
After the monitor is calibrated (it took me about 5 feedings) you don’t need to weigh the baby each time, you just use the monitor to get a reading of how much the baby ate. However, if you do want to see how much your little one weighs you can always use the Bscale, as it will track their weight for you.
The MilkSense monitor could tell right away that my left side produces more milk than my right, something I knew from the way Baby Roo feeds and from pumping. Overall I think the MilkSense monitor can help moms who have a lot of anxiety about “how much milk is my baby getting” and for babies who are having trouble gaining weight, as you will be able to get a better sense of how they are feeding. The MilkSense system is not designed for babies under 4 lbs or for mothers whose milk has not come in yet.
Did you have any breastfeeding struggles with your children?