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Berkley Luck, Ph.D.

A note from the founder of Milkify

 

I started Milkify with the goal of finding a better way to preserve the nutritional qualities of breast milk long-term. I was particularly interested in saving the beneficial bacteria present in breast milk, which are vital to a healthy baby gut. My background is in gut microbiome research (yep - I'm a super science nerd), and I know how important breast milk is to healthy infant development. However, at the time Milkify was founded, I did not yet have a child… After having my first baby, our beautiful girl Arielle, I now appreciate the desire to save every last drop of that hard-earned liquid gold. I struggled through the first year of breastfeeding and pumping, and am grateful to have been able to save my stash in freeze-dried form.

I designed our service to be as easy as possible for you to do the same!

 

I have over 10 years of experience managing and operating safe laboratory environments, and brought everything I learned from the research setting to the design of Milkify’s facility and process. We have designed a freeze-drying process that is specific to breast milk stored in lactation bags. Our patent-pending process allows each bag of frozen milk to be freeze-dried in a completely contact-free way using our SafeDry pouches – eliminating the risk of cross-contamination. The result is shelf-stable breast milk powder, which lasts for 3 years with no refrigeration/freezing needed. Your breast milk powder can be used for bottle preps, or added as a nutritional supplement to solids. We also use it in our house for a little extra immunity boost whenever Arielle brings home daycare bugs!

 

We are incredibly grateful to all of the moms that have used our service so far, and we are honored to have been a part of so many breastfeeding journeys! If you have any questions about our service, our process, or just want to chat about the wonders of breastmilk, please feel free to contact me anytime!

 

Wishing all the best to you and yours,

Berkley

(See more about my background and research on the infant gut microbiome here!)

THE MILKIFY TEAM

Pedro Silva

Pedro (dad of 1) is the Co-Founder of Milkify. He oversees all finance and shipping logistics for Milkify.

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Lauren Figard, Ph.D.

Lauren (mama of 2) is our Project Manager at Milkify. She oversees our quality control and environmental testing, and helps ensure compliance with FDA and GMP regulations. 

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Patricia Armitage

Patricia (mama of 2) is our Operations Manager at Milkify. She is responsible for ensuring that each bag of frozen breast milk that enters our facility is individually tracked from start to finish.

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Joanie Esparza

Joanie (mama of 3) is our Shipping Specialist at Milkify. She is responsible for ensuring that all frozen breast milk shipped to us makes it to our facility safely.

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