As a Board Member of the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin with a personal passion for extending the life of breastfeeding, Julie came up with an innovative idea to test breast milk for alcohol. It all started when she was the matron of honor for her sister-in-law. She wanted to participate in the festivities, but was breastfeeding and worried about doing anything that might be harmful to her new baby.
Julie knew there was conflicting advice concerning alcohol and breast milk and that moms were unnecessarily dumping their breast milk. She certainly didn’t want the alcohol to pass through to her baby in her breast milk. But almost as bad would be pumping and dumping if it wasn’t necessary. (Waste that precious mother’s milk? Noooooo!)
Julie knew there had to be a way to test breast milk for alcohol. A way to protect the baby ... and let mom enjoy an occasional drink without discarding breast milk unnecessarily. So after the party was over (okay, maybe a few days later) she went to work inventing a reliable, affordable home test. The next thing she knew, the whole family was helping to pack the Milkscreen boxes and carry them to the freight truck outside their home. Her husband donned a pink shirt (the same color as the initial Milkscreen packaging) and went to nursing boutiques across the country selling Milkscreen. Milkscreen now receives national acclaim and is a must-have for millions of breastfeeding moms.