Product: Milkscreen: Home Test to Detect Alcohol in Breast Milk
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
My Rating: 5 out of 10
According to the manufacturer the Milkscreen Breast Milk Test Strips work in just two minutes and accurately analyzes breast milk for alcohol. Since everyone metabolizes alcohol at different rates the Milkscreen test is designed to show a color change at 0.02% alcohol levels.
As a first time mom I used these and liked them. As a second time mom I am leaning towards thinking they are a waste of money. The first time around it made me feel good to know there was no alcohol remaining in my breast milk when I had a drink or two. Every time I had a drink I would pump and test my breast milk a couple of hours later. It always came out clean and I thought maybe they didn’t work. Then I experimented with testing right after a drink or two and could sometimes see a light brown color. Sometimes they showed something, sometimes they didn’t.
There are a few reasons I think these are a waste of money now. Once I started experimenting with testing it gave me a good idea that my body was metabolizing the alcohol at a very normal rate for my height and weight. I didn’t really need a strip to tell me this. I have also read that these are very conservative. Therefore, they may discourage a mother from breastfeeding when it would have been fine. It really is okay to have a drink or two and you don’t really need a strip to tell you this.
To go through the process of pumping out some milk to test and then being discouraged from nursing does not seem worth it to me. I also feel unsure about their accuracy and finally they are expensive.
While I did use them in the past and enjoyed the confidence they gave me I now have doubts if the Milkscreen Breast Milk Test Strips are really necessary. If they will make you feel better about having a drink or two then the peace of mind may be worth it to you.
I noticed on Amazon that moms seem to really love these so I may be alone in my opinion. Click here if you would like to see what other moms think and read more reviews.