So, when I was given the opportunity to review the MilkBank System, I was really excited. This is a revolutionary new way of storing your pumped breast milk. The vacuum storage system is clinically proven superior to traditional storage bags or bottles in protecting vital nutrients and flavor. The triple-vented, insulated bottles keep milk warm, even through longer feedings, and best of all, they are easy to clean and guaranteed not to leak. The entire MilkBank system—including the packaging—is free of lead, phthalates, PVC, and BPA.
So, what's the big deal about a vacuum storage system you ask? Well, renowned lactation scientist, Dr. Jimi Francis, IBCLC, investigated the efficacy of the MilkBank System in preserving breastmilk taste and nutrient levels and found that MilkBank was far superior to traditional methods. Dr. Francis writes:
"The oxidation of food products is well documented. Changesin product color, odor and taste are the most easily detected effects of oxidation. Nutrient loss, rancidity, and microbial spoilage are all part of milk degradation as well. This degradation, over time, is caused in part, by the presence of oxygen. Removal of headspace oxygen should minimize oxidative effects in stored breastmilk, prolong shelf life, and improve nutritional quality."
Who among us doesn't want the best for our babies? Who wouldn't do whatever we could to make the milk we are pumping as fresh as possible for our little ones? That's what I thought.
This system is really easy to use, as evidenced by the fact that I did it! I pumped a wee bit, and gave it a go. I put the pumped milk into the smallest container, put on the lid and vacuum sealed it. I was a bit skeptical about it actually vacuum sealing it though. So, I opened it up and it made that sound, you know the sound of something after it has been vacuum sealed shut and you open it? That popping sound? Yeah, it made THAT sound! I was so excited!!!!!
This system also comes with an insulated feeding bottle. Did you know that in a study done by Stanford University they found that "keeping the milk warm throughout the feeding significantly improves nutritional ingestion, produces improved growth, and can improve survival rates superior to milk fed cold or at room temperature"? Yeah, I didn't either.
Given that knowledge the people at MilkBank included the insulated feeding bottle. This is a bottle that you fill with warm water and attach to the outside of the milk bottle. It is guaranteed not to leak and really does keep the milk warm!
Are you as impressed with this company as I am? One lucky reader will win the complete MilkBank Starter Kit! This includes:
- One MilkBank Starter Kit, which includes both the vacuum storage and insulated feeding systems (2.5 oz. and 4.5 oz. bottles)
- One MilkBank 8 oz. bottle for storing/feeding breastmilk for older babies that consume more than 4.5 oz. per feeding.
This contest will close on Friday, February 20th at 8 pm, MST, when I choose a winner with the help of my pal Random.org. So, get your comment in. You can enter once a day.