WEAR­ABLE BREAST PUMP

It’s com­ing.

Woman's Era - - Contents - Shakun­tala Sinha

There has been an amaz­ing de­vel­op­ment in tech­nol­ogy in the field of woman’ s breast feed­ing pumps. This will dras­ti­cally change the way moms used to breast­feed. The pump has been de­vel­oped by an Amer­i­can Sil­i­con Val­ley-based com­pany Wil­low.

This is a fully wear­able pump which women can eas­ily wear un­der their bras. It al­lows moms to breast­feed hands-free. The Wil­low pump slips com­fort­ably un­der a woman’ s bra with­out any­one notic­ing it. Adieu to big old- fash­ioned pumps and a noisy mo­tor. There is no need to hide in a cor­ner dur­ing a pump­ing ses­sion. Now pump­ing will be eas­ier than ever be­fore but cer­tainly it is go­ing to cost dearly.

This is the smartest pump as it is con­nected to an app and au­to­mat­i­cally tran­si­tions to ex­pres­sion phase (de­pend­ing on the body’ s milk pro­duc­tion tim­ing) when it senses that your body is ready for it. The Wil­low app is avail­able cur­rently on I OS 5 and above but the an­droid ver­sion is also com­ing up.

To start with, you need to just press play and the pump mo­tor will start silently. The bat­tery can with­stand a full day with­out recharg­ing it. This app tracks your pump­ing ses­sion and lets you know about the vol­ume of milk you have pumped.

No tube or mo­tor or wire or pump is vis­i­ble from out­side, ev­ery­thing is in­side your bra. Milk is stored in dis­pos­able milk bags. A handy auto-off fea­ture will au­to­mat­i­cally sense when the bag is full. So you don't worry about any mon­i­tor­ing.

The Wil­low wear­able pump kit con­sists of 2 pumps, 2 flanges of 24 mm, 2 flex tubes, 24 pieces of 4 oz spill-proof dis­posal bags, 2 clean­ing brushes, 2 carry bags, 1 charger be­sides start­ing guide and in­struc­tion man­ual. You have to choose cor­rect flange size (27 mm flanges are avail­able sep­a­rately) and you need a stretch­able nurs­ing bra which has a flap. Wil­low pump costs around $ 480 (and 50 cents for each ex­tra bag) but for the com­fort it gives for many of you it may be price­less as it gives you full lib­erty to pump while you live, work, play, travel or re­lax. It is avail­able in beta (test­ing stage) and there has been a pos­i­tive feed­back from users. Wil­low hopes to launch it very soon.

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