Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Milky! Review and Giveaway! {Winner Announced!}

Update! Thank you to everyone who entered to win our Milky! giveaway!  
Our big winner is Dana S.!!!

Congrats Dana!!!

Hey Gals! You may remember me spreading the Milky! love a few weeks back in our 5 on Friday. Today I’m back to give a full product review of Milky! and also announce that we’ve partnered with Need Brands to give our readers the chance to win a 6-day supply of Milky!

Here at The Sequin Notebook, we’re usually giving you Gals the rundown on cocktails rather than lactation supply beverages, but I’m hoping my review will help all of you breastfeeding mamas and moms-to-be by introducing you to this fabulous product! I think my personal experience will resonate with a lot of you Gals who are trying to balance being a mom with all of the other competing priorities that help to keep you a sane and well-rounded mama!

I first discovered Milky! while watching a marathon of Tia and Tamera’s reality show on Style network. At the time I was still on maternity leave and wasn’t having any issues with my supply, so I didn’t give it too much thought. If anything, I was dealing with a bit of an oversupply and with a freezer full of reserves, I’m ashamed to admit that I was feeling pretty smug. Fast forward to a few weeks later, and I found myself with one nasty case of mastitis, a baby who wouldn’t touch the frozen milk that was on the older side (who knew that your milk changed as the baby grew?!) and a maternity leave that was fast ending. All of a sudden I felt very panicked that I physically wouldn’t be able to send him off to daycare with the 4 bottles he needed (3 plus a back-up just in case).

After pouring through tons of mommy blogs and message boards, I kept seeing other moms recommend fenugreek tea. That’s when I remembered Milky! I quickly googled some more to try and find some reviews of Milky! but unfortunately couldn’t find too many out there. I learned a bit more through the Need Brands website, and saw that Milky! contained the fenugreek that was coming so highly recommended, along with other natural ingredients to help boost the quantity and quality of your supply. I also really liked that it came in a super convenient 2.5 oz bottle that seemed easy to take. I figured I had nothing to lose and quickly ordered myself a 6-day supply, figuring that it wasn’t a huge investment if it was a bust. 

A couple of days later my box arrived and I was eager to try it out (bonus points that it arrived only a few days after ordering!), though it came on a Friday and I figured I would wait until Monday to start. Turns out I’d have even more of a need for the Milky! because that Sunday I had some bad take-out food and wound up with food poisoning! Cue even more panic from me, as my supply once again took a hit due to the dehydration. Finally by Tuesday, I was able to stomach some food again and was ready to give Milky! a try. I had previously stuck my box in the fridge as I had read it tasted better cold. I tentatively took the first sip and wasn’t quite sure what to make of the taste. It had a strawberry flavor which was pretty tasty, though it also had a very strong “herbal" taste. Luckily the bottle is very small and after just a few sips, I was done!  I have to say that now that I regularly drink Milky!, I actually love the taste! I think I just wasn’t used to the herbal taste at first, but now I practically crave it. I took Milky! again a couple of hours later, as recommended. One thing to note was that I personally found that my stomach became upset if I took the 2 bottles too close together, so after a couple of days I started taking one first thing in the morning, and the second when I get home from work at night. I tend to have a weak stomach, so I’m not surprised that the ultra concentrated dose of herbs bothered me a bit, but now that I space the two bottles out, I don’t have any issues at all.

I started noticing results the very next day. Between chugging lots of water to help with my food poisoning dehydration and the Milky!, I saw a jump in the amount I produced during my first pump at work. Previously I’d be luckily if I produced 5 oz combined, but now I was getting 7! In the days to come, I would see anywhere from 7 to 9 ounces per session during the two times I pumped at work! Suddenly, the constant stress I was feeling about being able to feed Baby M went away and I was truly relieved to be back on track.


I mentioned in the beginning of the post that I was really happy to find a balance through Milky! At the end of the day, my number one concern was being able to feed Baby M and if it came down to it, I certainly would have switched to formula if I had to. However, I was determined to give it a fair shot and I’m very happy to have found something that works. Now I’m able to produce enough to get through the day, and actually build up a bit of a freezer supply! I also learned the importance of rotating out the frozen supply since Baby M isn’t a huge fan of the older stuff (truly a boy after my own heart, as I tend to hate leftovers!). Now that I’m not living from pump session to pump session, I’m able to have a glass or two of wine after a particularly long day and I don't have to stress if Grill Guy and I have plans and I know that I’ll need extra bottles during the weekend.  All in all, I’m a huuuuuge supporter of Milky! and absolutely recommend it to anyone having supply issues or just looking to build a little extra supply. After my third day of using Milky! and seeing such tangible results so quickly, I immediately ordered myself a 30-day supply (and have since reordered when I finished that one)! 

Milky! starts at $29.99 for a 6-day supply or you can buy in bulk to get a discount of up to 33% off and free shipping. You can purchase Milky! directly through the Need brands website, and it’s also sold in Destination Maternity, A Pea in the Pod, Motherhood Maternity and Diapers.com. But what’s even better than ordering Milky!?  Winning a free box, of course!  I’m super excited that Need brands has generously offered to send a 6-day supply out to one of our lucky TSN readers, so hurry down to the entry box and enter for a chance to win! We have a bunch of opportunities for extra entries too, so be sure to take advantage of them all!

Baby M approved!!!
Good Luck, Gals!!

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xoxo
- M

16 comments :

  1. If Baby M's a fan, then so am I!

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    1. Milky is definitely helping to keep him nice and happy (and chubby!)

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  2. I currently take fenugreek four times a day and drink four cups of the tea! This seems so much easier! Hope I win!

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    1. It really is so convenient, and I honestly love the taste so it's perfect for me. I feel like if it was a bigger size, I wouldn't be as diligent about using, so I'm very happy it's made for on-the-go mama's! Thanks for entering and good luck!

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  3. Thanks for the review, I can't wait to try it!

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    1. So glad I could spread the Milky! love! Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

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  4. Thanks for the review, I can't wait to try it!

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  5. This sounds like a great product for mamas! I will have to tell some of my friends who can use it about it!
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    1. Glad my review could help you out and definitely spread the word - us mama's need to look out for each other! Good luck!

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  6. I've had hyperemesis my entire pregnancy so I'm worried about my milk supply when baby gets here. Hopefully Milky can help with that.

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    1. Milky has been a huge help for me, so hopefully it will help you out too! Also, don't forget to drink lots of water so you don't have dehydration working against you. Thanks for entering our contest and good luck!

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  7. I'm slowly losing my supply! I hope I win!!

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    1. Oh no! I can completely sympathize, so good luck and thanks for entering!

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  8. I would like to see if I can pump more milk after trying this. I have never tried the fenugreek before. Jay

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  9. OMFG!!!!!! my wife, who is a mother of five loves MILKY. She claims it is the only way our children remain nourished during our long cold winters. I hope to win your awesome contest. YAY America!!!!!

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  10. I love milky have already purchased it and it works I love it and my daughter is getting enough milk and she's getting chunky:)

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