Frustrated father invents breast-shaped feeding bottle to make it easier for busy parents to feed their infants

Biomedical engineers Ayal Lanternari and Asaf Kehat came up with the Nanobebe bottles, which helps store and facilitates warming breast milk without compromising on its nutrients


                            Frustrated father invents breast-shaped feeding bottle to make it easier for busy parents to feed their infants

One dad, frustrated with all the challenges he was facing to feed his three-month-old baby in the night, has now invented a new breast-shaped bottle that is said to make life for parents a lot easier.

Ayal Lanternari said that he initially started thinking of new bottle designs when he had to wait for his son Daniel's milk to heat up in the middle of the night. In an in-depth interview with CNN, he said: "The bottle kind of designed itself in my head."

Asaf Kehat, Lanternari's friend and a fellow biomedical engineer, was told of the idea and the two of them decided to really follow through with it and see if they could come up with a revolutionary feeding bottle.

The duo spent almost a year conducting research and working on the design, and in February 2013, their company Nanobébé was born.

Kehat told CNN: "My first reaction was there was something so simple and genius about it. It was an obvious solution. I researched the baby bottle market and couldn't find anything like what Ayal had thought of."



 

Because breast milk has very delicate properties, parents are generally told not to microwave or heat it up directly on the stove. Tests that were conducted have shown that Nanobebe bottles were able to cut down the warming time of the milk by more than half to about three to five minutes.

The final Nanobebe bottles feature a concave shape that is meant to resemble the shape of a mother's breast. The unique design of the bottle makes the milk spread out into a thin layer, and since the surface area of the milk has increased, it helps the milk inside heat up much faster. Thus the bottle helps parents get the milk to their hungry infants faster rather than having to stand by the stove or microwave and wait for the milk to heat up.

The conventional methods of heating the milk risks ruining the nutrients and immunological properties of the milk.



 

The FDA has noted that bacteria in fresh breast milk doubles in quantity every 20 minutes when it is stored at room temperature. Nanobebe bottles have been designed to slow down that process. The firm explained: "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. 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, which has a US office in Charleston, South Carolina but is headquartered in Israel, has also described the bottle as being "the first and only baby bottle designed specifically to preserve essential breast milk nutrients". The bottle has a minimalist design and is made to be easy for babies to be able to hold on to it. The company also made the claim that the bottle warms milk stored in it twice as fast as regular bottles.

The concave shape of the bottle also helps the breast milk cool down faster than in a regular bottle. The unique shape of the bottle also means that bottles can be stacked on top of one another for easier storage.

Nanobebe offers "starter kits" and "newborn kits" which include a variety of products aside from the bottles. For example, the newborn kit includes three bottles, a drying rack, breast pump adapters, breast milk storage bags for the fridge or freezer, pacifiers, a smart warming bowl, and the company's own microwave steam sterilizer, which cuts down on the cleaning process a lot.

The newborn kit will cost about $95 but a pack of 3 bottles is affordably priced at $23. A starter pack of 4 bottles, two pacifiers, and a smart warming bowl costs $49.

The company hopes that the innovative bottle can ultimately be used to make the lives of busy mothers and father a lot easier.

Kehat said: "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."

He continued: "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."