PREGMATE® breastmilk testing strips are simple to use and an internationally well-rated product. Simply dip the test strip into your sample of milk and compare the results with the colour chart on the rear of each sachet.
Why test your breast milk?
Research points to alcohol in breastmilk as being potentially dangerous for your baby’s development. These tests strips indicate if your breastmilk contains alcohol, so as to ensure you don’t breastfeed when alcohol is in your system. Or, pump your breasts only to find that the milk must be discarded.
- Easy to read results in 2 minutes.
- Will detect the presence of alcohol at a level of 20 mg/dL or greater in breast milk.
- Shows the alcohol concentration level (not just positive or negative results).
- Each test is individually sealed and comes with a colour chart.
Instructions for use:
- Saturate test pad with breast milk: Express milk directly onto the test pad or dip test pad in a small portion of milk from a pumped sample collected in a clean, dry container.
- Remove test strip after 3 seconds.
- Discard milk.
- Tap excess breast milk off test pad.
- Wait for exactly 2 minutes.
- Read test results by comparing the test pad to the colour chart.
- Do NOT read the results after 3 minutes.
How to read the results:
Positive: The test will produce a colour change in the presence of alcohol in breast milk. The results will show the concentration of alcohol in milk in a scale from 0.02% to 0.30%. This is represented by the intensity of the blue colour which ranges from light blue (0.02%) to dark blue (0.30%). Please, use the provided scale for more detailed reference. The test may produce colours that appear to be between adjacent colour examples.
Negative: When the test shows no colour change this should be interpreted as a negative result indicating that alcohol has not been detected.
Did You Know?
- Breastfeeding mothers do not have to avoid alcohol entirely. It is possible to find a balance of drinking safely and responsibly without having ill effects on your baby’s health or your milk supply.
- Your breastmilk will be safe for your baby to drink if you allow time for the alcohol to leave your system naturally.
- It takes a 120-pound woman about two to three hours to eliminate from her body the alcohol from one serving of beer or wine. The more drinks you have, the longer it takes for the alcohol to clear your system.
- Pumping and dumping doesn’t actually extract alcohol from the breast milk or speed up the elimination of alcohol; alcohol leaves breast milk the same way it leaves the bloodstream.