Tobi Porter, Breastfeeding/Pumping Mom and Milkies Product Mompreneur
Firefighter, paramedic, mom and inventor, Tobi Porter, realized early on in her breastfeeding journey that pumping is not the same as breastfeeding! It can be a lonely journey at times and a sacrifice that only other breastfeeding and pumping moms can fully appreciate.
When Tobi went back to work at the fire department she learned very quickly that work, with its uncontrollable environment, can become a huge obstacle in a breastfeeding mom’s journey. Sadly, obstacles like this can often result in many working women not reaching their breastfeeding goals. As a firefighter and paramedic, Tobi would work 24 hour shifts and be always on call for 911 emergencies thus pumping became the only means to ensure her daughter got the breastmilk she needed.
Tobi learned early on that freezing her breast milk in traditional milk storage bags was not a viable option given her unique circumstances. She would pump and her husband ended up throwing away almost 10 ounces of milk for every 24 hour shift she worked when he followed the thawing guidelines for frozen breast milk. With her strenuous work on top of the dehydration firefighters face, she soon realized that she couldn’t keep up with the amount of milk being “wasted” and almost gave up. That’s when Tobi put her mind to how she could eliminate all this wasted milk and thus the Milk Trays was born.
Milk Trays are a way for breastfeeding/pumping moms to freeze their expressed breast milk into single 1-ounce servings to ensure only the milk needed for that specific bottle are thawed. In addition, Milk Trays fit any size bottle, contain no added dyes or chemicals and include a clear lid so you can see when milk is frozen. And of course, Milk Trays are a re-usable, earthy-friendly product, eliminating the expense and waste associated with traditional milk storage bags. See for yourself and meet Tobi in this demonstration video!
Milk Trays turned out to be a huge success and Tobi soon joined another momprenueur, Helen Anderson, to help develop and grow the Milkies line of breastfeeding products. As part of the Fairhaven Health family, Milkies remains committed to helping moms achieve their breastfeeding goals with innovative, practical, and affordable solutions to everyday challenges breastfeeding moms face. Every Milkies product is rigorously tested by real nursing moms and must meet strict criteria for value, quality and functionality.
The Milkies team understands that problem-solving products aren’t the only support that breastfeeding moms need. That’s why Helen and Tobi make a point of sharing the latest breastfeeding research and information on their blog and Belly to Breast facebook page. Most recently, Tobi and Helen (aka the “Milkies Moms”), have gone live on Facebook to share their struggles and victories plus helpful tips for breastfeeding and pumping moms everywhere.
Some Popular Milkies Products:
The Milk-Saver – Collects leaking breast milk as you nurse or pump, allows you to store extra breast milk effortlessly with each session. Simply insert the Milk-Saver into your bra on the non-nursing side and it will collect the milk that is leaked out when your breast milk lets down.
Milk-Trays – A breast milk freezing system that is a must have for moms on-the-go. Made from food-safe, BPA and phthalate-free plastic, Milk-Trays freeze breast milk into convenient, 1-ounce sticks that will fit into any bottle openings and allow you to thaw just the right amount for each feeding.
Nursing Blend – Developed by a leading Lactation Consultant and MD, Nursing Blend provides optimal vitamin and mineral support for breastfeeding women along with natural galactagogues such as fenugreek to improve milk production. Includes 100% Daily Value of most vitamins plus extra amounts of those known to be particularly important for lactating women such as Vitamins D and B.
Softies Nursing Pads – A reusable pad with a unique 3-layer, contoured design. Softies are ultra-comfortable and guard against leaks without adding bulk to your bra. Unlike most other pads, Softies are contoured to the shape of your breast to provide a better fit and ensure moms stay dry and comfortable.
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