تم النشر في: 2018-10-29 19:56:49
A dad frustrated by the difficulties of feeding his three month old baby at night has invented a radical new breast-shaped bottle to make parent's lives easier.
Ayal Lanternari said he first started thinking about the design while waiting for milk for his son, Daniel, to heat up in the middle of the night.
'The bottle kind of designed itself in my head,' Lanternari told CNN.
He mentioned the idea to a friend and fellow biomedical engineer, Asaf Kehat, and the pair decided to pursue the idea and make it a reality.
'My first reaction was there was something so simple and genius about it. It was an obvious solution,' Kehat told CNN.
'I researched the baby bottle market and couldn't find anything like what Ayal had thought of.'
Because of the delicate properties of breast milk, parents are told not to microwave it or heat it directly on the stove.
Tests showed that they were able to cut the milk's warming time by more than half to about three to five minutes.
Called Nanobébé, the final product is a concave bottle that's meant to take after the shape of a mother's breast.
Nanobébé's unique design causes the milk to spread out into a thinner layer. By expanding the milk's surface area, this allows it to warm up quickly.
This makes it so that parents can get the milk to their baby faster than having to heat it up on a stove or in the microwave, which have a high risk of damaging nutrients and immunological properties in the milk.
The FDA notes that bacteria in fresh breast milk doubles every 20 minutes when it's stored at room temperature.
Nanobébé is designed to slow that process.
'The unique geometry of nanobébé's Breastmilk Bottle and Storage Bags allows the breast milk to be spread into a thin layer that cools quickly, reducing bacterial growth,' the firm explained.
'It is beneficial to cool breast milk as quickly as possible so that the immunological properties inside go towards the baby's nutrition rather than fighting the bacterial growth.'
The firm describes the bottle as being 'the first and only baby bottle designed specifically to preserve essential breast milk nutrients.'
It features a minimalist design and is constructed so that babies can easily grasp it.
The company also claims that it warms stored breast milk twice as fast as standard bottles.
What's more, the bottle's concave shape allowed it to cool breast milk as fast as a traditional bottle could.
Adding to the device's ingenuity, the bottles can be stacked on top of one another for easy storage.
Nanobébé also offers 'starter sets' and 'newborn kits' that include a range of products in addition to the bottles.
The newborn kit, for example, includes three of the bottles, a drying rack, breast pump adapters, breast milk storage bags for the fridge or freezer, pacifiers, a smart warming bowl, plus the company's own microwave steam sterilizer, which cuts down on the cleaning process.
That'll cost you about $95, but a 3-pack of bottles is more affordable at $23, or $49 for a starter pack of four bottles, two pacifiers and a smart warming bowl.
Ultimately, Nanobébé hopes that the innovative bottle can make busy mothers and fathers' lives easier.
'Refusal to transition from breast to bottle is a point of concern for many parents upon mom's return to work or simply when she needs to be away from baby for a period of time,' Kehat said.
'The 'familiar' ergonomic shape of the bottle helps baby to instinctively connect, while faster warming satisfies immediate hunger needs.
'Our bottle makes it easier for moms to combine breast and bottle feeding and provides an experience second only to direct breastfeeding.'
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Ayal Lanternari, the inventor of the bottle, with his son Daniel. He said he first started thinking about the design while waiting for baby milk to heat up in the middle of the night. Based on the shape of a breast, it can heat milk up faster than a normal bottle.