A wearable breast pumps is all about personalization and convenience.
The company’s new silicone-filled silicone cup, with its integrated pump and its patented gel-filled gel liner, are just a few of the perks.
The new technology could be the next step in wearable technology that could transform the way we interact with our breasts and our skin.
“The new silicone cup is not only more comfortable but more powerful than the existing silicone cups and is designed to work with the new silicone gel liner that we are introducing for the silicone cup,” said Claire O’Connor, managing director of The Breast and Breastfeeding Center of Ireland.
“It is also able to use silicone gel as an adhesive which is a really good technology for our breast pumps to attach to.”
The company is also working on a silicone-covered gel liner for its new silicone cups.
The Gel-Fill Gel Liner is the first of a new generation of breast pump technology, which includes the use of an adhesive gel liner.
The gel liner attaches to the breast to help hold the silicone and the cup together.
“We are very excited about the gel liner because it is the most innovative and versatile gel liner we have ever come across,” said Catherine Mair, a spokesperson for The Breast & Breastfeeding Centre of Ireland, who is a consultant to the firm.
The creamier silicone is also designed to provide a better fit for the breasts.
“This gel liner is designed for the softest silicone, so it can be used on the silicone breast cups as well as the silicone cups themselves,” Ms O’Leary said.
The firm is working on its own gel liner which will be ready in about a year’s time, although it has secured funding from the Irish Medical Research Council and the Irish Institute for Health Science.
The breast pump has a range of sensors that track the pressure and pressure relief of the breast, and these sensors will be used to track the flow of the liquid in the cup.
“Our goal is to make the breast pump as personalised as possible,” said Ms O`Leary.
The silicone cup can also be used as a nipple protector or to hold the breast for a longer period of time.
“In terms of the use case, the silicone pump is great for women who are looking for an alternative to the standard silicone breast pump,” said Dr Maryanne McCaw, a consultant dermatologist who works with The Breast Centre of Northern Ireland.
Ms OLeary said that the silicone-based breast pump is a very personal experience and she is looking forward to seeing the technology used in the clinic.
“People are just getting used to the idea of wearing a pump,” she said.
“I don’t think there is a lot of stigma attached to having one and being able to wear one to breastfeed.”
The firm hopes that the new technology will be available by the end of the year.
“What’s really exciting about this technology is that we can actually do it right in our own home,” Ms McCaw said.
She said that it is important that women have access to a breast pump that is made to work for them and that it provides a consistent experience, not one that needs to be tweaked.
“As a consultant and breast nurse I am keen to hear any comments people have about this product and I want to hear from you, our patients, as to how you are using this technology and what you are finding,” she added.
The Breast, Breastfeeding and Pregnancy Centre of The Queen’s University Belfast is located at the Royal Tyrrell Hospital.
For more information about The Breast Center of Northern Wales visit their website at www.breastcenter.nl/breastcare