I was pretty adamant before giving birth that I wanted to try and breastfeed exclusively until my daughter was one. I have struggled at times, as you may have read in my ‘Huh? My boobs aren’t leaking anymore’ post, to pump enough milk to leave with my boyfriend while I’m at my university cause. I managed to push through, however, and I am now in the habit of pumping every few days and storing it in the freezer ready to use when I’m not at home. It is recommended that milk from a bottle should be drunk in one feed, and you shouldn’t go back to using the same bottle. This can of course be inconvenient if your baby hasn’t finished the bottle, and later wants more. I’m often tempted to instruct my boyfriend to carry on with the same bottle to avoid more pumping sessions, but if you’re a worrier like me I always like to make sure the milk is safe for my baby girl to drink. The Milk Monster was developed for this very reason in mind. It was created by Victoria, who much like me knew how valuable stored milk was, but also how breast and formula milk decreases in nutritional value and develops bacteria that can be harmful to baby.
The product itself has an elasticated strap, so can be attached to a milk bottle of any size. It comes in 4 different colours (of course I went with pink), which comes with a character and name. My pink friend is named Susu! I love the playfulness and family element of the product. The purpose of keeping baby safe, and limiting waste is very clear, but it is also a lovely, fun product within itself that encourages use. It also has a glow in the dark feature, which makes it easier for night feeds, which I can imagine is of great use to some mummy and daddy’s.
I tested the product out myself as I was excited to try out its use. The idea is actually fairly simple, as ultimately it’s a timer that attaches to your milk bottle. It is, however, extremely useful as you can set the time yourself and then continue a feed if there is still time left at the end, indicating it’s still okay for baby to drink. My daughter-who is now determined to do everything herself! was still able to hold the bottle comfortably and drink as she normally would.
I have to admit I got the use of the product a little confused at first, thinking it was to test stored milk to see if it was still safe to give to baby. However once the product arrived and I had read the back story to the milk monster, it made perfect sense. I found it extremely relatable and comforting, that this was made by a mama who found a solution to a universal issue. It is definitely a product I would recommend after using it myself.
*Disclaimer: Milk Monster sent me this product in return of a review. All pictures and opinions are my own. To read more about my disclosure policy please click here.