One of the most annoying parts of being a new mother is leaking milk. I usually put a burp cloth on the side I'm not nursing on and let it soak up any leakage. Not only does it leads to way too much laundry that I don't have time to do, but it seems such a waste of precious milk. I made that milk and baby should use it! I got a new product during pregnancy this go-round that I hoped would help me save a little of that wasted milk.
It's made of somewhat flexible plastic in two parts. It comes in a plastic case for sticking in a diaper bag and doubles as a place to put the thing so it doesn't spill when it's got milk in it and you've got a baby in your lap. It was bigger than I expected, but the large size makes it able to hold a considerable amount of milk, about 2 ounces easily.
So it's pretty simple in design (did it really take us thousands of years to come up with the idea of a container with a hole in it?) because all you do is put your nipple through the hole and as long as you're not leaning too far back it'll catch the milk. You can even put it under a shirt and it'll pretty much stay there. It's not made to hold a lot like a pump, but more like just to catch what leaks from your other side while nursing baby on one side.
When you first get it the instructions say to just wash in warm, soapy water. After each use you can rinse it with warm water and let it air dry. It's BPA and phthalate-free, which is also what you should be looking for in bottles and milk bags.
What I thought
It was super satisfying to look at it after a feeding and see a considerable amount in it. I ended up with about 20 ounces of milk just from leaking. I kept showing my husband, "Look at how much came out the other side!" (It was met with a less-than-enthusiastic head nod.) I had no idea I was wasting that much!
Overall, I'm not sure the $29.95 price tag will be worth it for everyone, because most moms don't leak for more than the first few weeks when their milk supply regulates to what baby is drinking. Those with a large supply or who only have a single-sided pump might find it more useful. It's not going to be the thing that gets enough milk for going back to work, but may work nicely for a woman who is with her baby most of the time and doesn't want to buy an expensive pump.