Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Review/Giveaway: Fairhaven Health Milkies Breastfeeding Aids



I want to start this review off with a little of my back story on one of the products first, I hope that sharing with you my journey could help you see the importance these products held for me in my breastfeeding journey.

I believe breastfeeding is one of the best things I can do for my little one. Even while I was still pregnant, I knew right away I would want to breastfeed with a goal of 1 year or more.

With my first child I gave up too soon, mostly because it hurt due to poor latching on my part and the lack of knowledge on items that could make it easier on me. As often happens with new moms, I just didn't have anyone to tell me what was available to help me out.

During this pregnancy, I received a collection of products for review from Fairhaven Health, and prepared for our daughter's birth by educating myself on how these products could help me make this time a more successful breastfeeding experience.



To my great surprise, our little angel decided to come early, at 35 weeks gestation. So not only did I have to worry about her health, I had to worry about every drop I needed to be able to save for her and to not risk losing any of to regular nursing pads. Seeing her in the NICU was heartbreaking, and seeing formula being fed to her through her nose was even more heartbreaking. So you can imagine the determination I had to pump my milk since she was not yet able to be in my arms.

Included in the review package I'd received was a product called Milk Saver. This product meant to me that no drop will be lost in the reusable breast pads.

The Milk Saver is worn inside your bra on the side you are not nursing on, to catch all the liquid that would otherwise leak into a nursing pad.

They were lifesavers, ensuring that our little Princess got every bit colostrum and breastmilk she needed to thrive.  It helped us all get through her hospital stay.

When my husband and nurse insisted that I go get something to eat and rest I was not happy to leave, but knew I need to regain my strength.

Pumping for colostrum before your milk has fully come in is totally crazy-making and exhausting. Seriously, the only reason I was able to leave off pumping to take care of myself for short intervals was because I had placed the Milk saver on the breast that had at least a drop come out. Sadly, I do not have a picture of the amount that is caught because I ran back to the NICU, so excited to see that just in 30 minutes to an hour of wearing it, I could give the colostrum it saved to my little girl.




Pumping was not going as great, so whenever I could I would wear the Milk Saver in my nursing bra. This was the beginning of my journey and this product saved my motivation and confidence that I could do this.

Anytime you see your hard work being successful gives you motivation to keep going forward. Now you may understand why I love this product so much. J

Rewinding a bit the Milk Saver comes in a hard case which is nice to keep it clean once washed. And I don’t know about you but after I had my baby her diaper bag became my purse and I love that this can fit in the front pocket.

There is one per box though in my experience I never ended up needing two so one was great for me. Rather it was pumping on one side (or nursing) and having the milk saver on the other, this product was great for catching the let down from the other breast.

The Milk Saver is very comfortable to wear even when I used it while eating at BK, it was very noticeable and for sure not something you would want to be too active in.

The opening for your nipple to go through is wide enough to not make contact so there were no issues there.

Even now at 4 month old I still use it to catch the milk from my breast I am not feeding her on.

Washing it is very easy as well you can place it on the top rack of the dishwasher, though I like to hand wash it and dry it so I can use it right away if needed. Another feature I LOVE is the flexibility of the milk saver. Not only does this help when wearing in your bra but also when pouring the milk into a storage bag freeze.

Which brings me to my next product - the Milkies Storage Bags.

I have some past experience with milk storage bags. In the past, I have read and brought bags that claim that they are leak-proof and then found a bag I was defrosting to be broken and leaking the milk everywhere. Which is again enough to drive you mad!!

Thankfully after using 32 Milkies bags, I have not had a single one leak on me and for that reason, I will continue to use this product as long as my daughter is breastfeeding.

These bags hold up to 200ml, but I have never placed more than 5 or 5 ½ oz. into one bag (about 150-160ml). In each box comes 50 storage bags.

Now I would like to point out one of my FAVORITE details of these bags. On each bags there are guideline to help you keep your hard working liquid gold fresh!  I could go into detail of how sad it is that some cannot remember the details of how to handle the frozen milk (cough cough my husband) but in all seriousness for those long nights it was nice to have that reminder there to help.



I also like there have a double zipper on the bag adding an extra level of protection against your milk leaking out.

As for the label, I use it to track the date and time that I pumped.

Another detail I like over other bags I've tried is that the sides of this bag are bigger, making it easier to manage, and I think that is also the reason I have not had any leaks.

The next product I received is the Milkies Freeze! Since we have a small fridge, this container allowed me to be able to freeze the bags flat for easy use, and also to use the oldest milk first just in case I forgot to write on the bag the time and date. Which sadly has happened but with the Freeze it didn’t matter much since its doubles as an organizer. 

These tools work together to make the entire process go smoothly:

Simply milk into the bag, close and place onto the metal (which in my opinion helps it freeze faster as well as flat), place the bag on the top and pick from the bottom, warm and feed. I LOVE EASY STEPS!!!

Now, I do want to point out that though this is an awesome product, it’s mainly for my husband's use since I breastfeed her, and he does the bottles when I need a kids-free outing.

And from his view all he has to do is pull one bag from the bottom, thaw and pour into bottle. Ladies, it even says on the cover of the Freeze which area to pull from! YES! That’s two products that I don’t have to repeat myself on how to use.

Another way I was able to freeze and store my milk was by using the Milkies Milk Tray. This tray is AWESOME!!!!

Each slot holds 1 ounce and all you do is take how many ounces you need and place it in the bottle to thaw and feed. Now, I loved the bags, but I have to say this way is best for when you are using the milk saver and instead of wasting a bag or risking pouring little by little in a bottle until you get enough to fill a bag.

This way, you can freeze that milk or colostrum right away and ensure it stays fresh for your little one. Please make sure you store them towards the back so you don't run into it defrosting and refreezing. The Milkies Milk Tray is recommended to be handwashed, and it is very easy to wash it that way.  Unlike the bags, it is reusable so there is no waste, and did I mention we had a small fridge? These are stackable, and do not take up a lot of space.

After it freezes in the tray we pop them out like you would an ice tray, and place them in a zip lock bag. At this time we do not have a deep freezer, but once we get one this will be the way we mostly freeze our milk and then use the bags less often.

Again, I mostly breastfeed her but my experience with these were when we did not have any bags frozen and we had to go to her pediatric cardiologist. This is not an appointment we could miss, but I knew I needed to be able to feed her while on the heart monitor so she would be calm.

Thankfully, we had some 1 oz bars frozen, so I popped 3 in a bottle and left for the appointment. They thawed on the way, and I only had to run it under the warm water for a little before giving it to her.

Fortunately, breastmilk doesn’t need to be warmed like formula, so this saved us this appointment visit, because if she wasn’t eating and being still we would have had to go back to the NICU.

After that, these became my husband’s favorite method, but I prefer him to use the bags since you  need to wear gloves to handle the milk stored with the Milkies Milk Tray.

Yes, you could easier just make sure your hands were washed before using, but as our Princess was a preemie I demand extra measures.

 Another product I tried out was the Milkies Nipple Nurture Balm. I actually started using this before she was born.

Since I will not be posting pictures, imagine if you will dry cracked nipples - - not something any women wants to deal with on top of being pregnant!

Milkies Nipple Nurture Balm is organic and lanolin-free, and to me a product where I can read and know what each ingredients is BONUS!!

To give you an idea of the texture, I would say it is a little thicker then oil and thinner then petroleum jelly. Which, when applying to your nipple, is a GOD send, as it clings to the skin without running and without pulling at tender flesh.

So, before I even pumped, this product was helping me with protection. I then started using it before pumping, and trust me a little goes a long way in this balm. Though it says it's baby safe, after tasting it myself I would not want to give that to her.

I can’t really pinpoint what it tastes like but olive oil and shea butter is close, which are among the 5 ingredients, but still nothing I could want to eat. I will say it is nice to know that if, in the moment, I have some left on my nipples that it would not harm her.

Currently, I am using the Nipple Nurture balm to help protect against cold air and dryness, and it is working perfectly - I have not experienced cracked nipples since I started applying it. BLESSINGS!

The final product that I reviewed is the Milkies NursingBlend breastfeeding supplement.

I took these for one month, which is one bottle's supply. In each bottle there are 90 capsules and you are to take 3 a day. I started taking these when she was 2 months old, as in the beginning I followed my doctor’s advice and only took the pain meds and prenatal vitamins. Once cleared to take other supplements, I started these.

On the bottle it states that it is designed to improve the Breast Milk Quality and Production. It claims to have a formulated specifically for breastfeeding mothers to encourage plentiful nutrient-rich milk production.

I want to make it very clear my views on this.

Breastfeeding is an amazing thing that is wonderful for your child. But there are some women that cannot produce milk, or make a lower volume of milk then others. And there are different reasons as to why this is happening.

A supplement may  or may not help, but you have to do what is best for you. So please do not take this review as a guarantee that Milkies Nursing Blend will increase your milk production, and ALWAYS seek the advice and guidance of your local CLC or doctor.

Now with that being said, again I took this product after 2 months of her being born and I cannot say that if it improved my milk or increased the volume. During the time I took this supplement, it did improve my energy and for that I say it was more like getting the needed vitamins for me to be able to get through the day. There was no negative result, but I had no noticeable change in my own milk production.

Over the month I have been taking them, I have been trying to figure out what they smell like and it’s not unpleasant like my prenatal so in that it’s a plus.

For the people that have tried different herbal galactagogues (foods or supplements meant to promote or increase breast milk flow) such as Fenugreek, this product has that in it has well. Again I cannot confirm that is will improve your milk production but if you have used Fenugreek, and are looking for other ways to consume you could try this product.


Overall my must haves to help you with your breastfeeding journey is the Milk Saver, Milk Tray, Nurture Balm and the Freeze, and the Milkies Nursing Blend supplement may help if you are struggling. I hope you enjoyed this review and that you find a product that could help you in your journey.

Each of the items mentioned in this review are available on their website, at various local retailers, and through Amazon.

I'm very excited to announce that Fairhaven Health is offering one of our readers everything I reviewed!  Read on to see how to enter this amazing Giveaway - this would be a lovely baby gift for your favorite new parents!



One winner in the US (including APOs) or Canada will receive the following prize package from Fairhaven Health, worth a total of $140.70:

1 Milk Freeze ($19.95), 1 set Milk Trays ($21.95), 1 Milk Saver ($27.95), 1 set Milk Storage Bags ($11.95), 1 month supply Nursing Blend Supplements ($28.95), and 1 jar Nipple Nurture Balm ($11.95).

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment in this entry as instructed by the Giveaway Tools Entry Form below. This will open up additional optional entries to increase your odds of winning. (If you don't leave a comment, any additional entries will be void.)

This giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents (including APO addresses) and will end just before midnight ET on 12/6. 

The winners will be notified by email within 24 hours after the end of the giveaway. In order to claim the giveaway prize, the winner will need to respond within 24 hours of notification, or an alternate winner will be selected.

Once the winners have responded and confirmed, their first names will be posted on our Giveaways  page.

Good luck!

19 comments:

  1. Wow!what a great & detailed review!
    I wish I would've had those products when I was still pumping!
    Definitely something to keep in mind for the next baby or friends & family!

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  2. I'd be interested in using the soft cloths. They would come in handy.

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  3. I've been eyeing the milk saver. Seems convenient and easy to use.

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  4. These look great, I love the freeze bags. Thanks so much for sharing over at Friday Frivolity! :)

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  5. these look nice. the easiest thing i did to help breastfeeding was drink loooottts of water and stop worrying whether i was doing "Enough"

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  6. I'd be interested in using the Breast Pad Ever...it looks like such a good idea!

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  7. I am definitely interested in the soft cloths and the breast pad ever might come in handy.

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  8. Oh man, I'm loving their "Milkies Freeze" to stack the freezer bags! GREAT IDEA!!!!

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  9. The soft clothes are always be great! You can never have enough!
    mcfallsk8er[at]aim[dot]com

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  10. Adrenne, when my kids were born there were pumps available, but not these other cool products! I love your story and testimony, this really helped your baby get stronger and healthier. Thank God for that. I have shared this so that other pregnant or nursing moms can find the information! I love how much these products have improved, making it easier than ever to breastfeed your child!

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  11. I would definitely love the milk savers. Wish I had known about these with my son because I could have saved a lot of milk with these. The milk from the breast he was not feeding on got wasted into a breastpad. The freeze storage would have been great too in helping save space.

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  12. Thank you for sharing this information with us at Funtastic Friday!

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  13. My triplets were born at 30 weeks so I totally understanding want to save every.single.drop. I pumped for 18 months so I stored any extra milk. I wish that I'd had milk savers and am relieved to know that my cousin will have them for her new baby.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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  14. Wow! What a great giveaway! I have been blessed to not have any problems nursing. I am looking forward to it in a couple weeks as I get ready for my 6th! I am glad to have found out about this just in case things don't go as planned;) Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I'd like to try the soft cloths.

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  16. I would love to try the nursing blend!! :)

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  17. The soft clothes are always be great! You can never have enough!

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  18. My tip is to just keep trying! It can be frustrating with your first baby, but it is so worth it!

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  19. I'm interested in the Nursing Time Tea. Thanks for the giveaway!

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