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A 'Chestfeeding Kit' Will Soon Allow Dads To Actually Breastfeed Their Children

A 'Chestfeeding Kit' Will Soon Allow Dads To Actually Breastfeed Their Children

A 'Chestfeeding Kit' Will Soon Allow Dads To Actually Breastfeed Their Children
Many mums all over the world are faced with a choice when they first have a baby – to bottle or breast-feed?

While there is a litany of research and support for both options, it can be difficult for parents to decide on the right thing for them and their bundle of joy.

However, we are about to be given yet another choice – “chestfeeding.”

24-year-old inventor, Marie-Claire Springham has invented the “chestfeeding kit” which will allow dads to breastfeed their children.

And by breastfeed, we mean actually breastfeed.

In the kit, dads-to-be will receive a supply of the hormone progestin (a man-made version of the female sex hormone progesterone), which they begin to take daily as soon as they know that their partner is pregnant. This encourages the production of milk-producing glands.

Six weeks before the baby is due, dads then begin to take the second hormone, called domperidone. This hormone stimulates prolactin, the hormone that signals to the body to start producing milk.

Finally, the kit also comes with a number of accessories, like a breast pump and compression vest - essentially the male version of a maternity bra – which allows dads to actually breastfeed the baby.
 
 
Breastfeeding can be one of the most special things a mum can do for her baby, which is what inspired Springham to bring dads into the equation.
 
She began the chestfeeding project in order to help build empathy and support between new parents.

“I was shocked to learn that over half of women experience emotional problems postnatally or during pregnancy and that new fathers also often suffer, experiencing feelings of exclusion and a fear of being 'unable to cope.’”

“After learning that common trigger of postnatal depression for mothers is the pressure to breastfeed, I developed this kit to help couples support each other, as well as their new baby."

Springham describes the kit as an “empathy tool” and hopes it will encourage discussion of mental health and "empower new parents to support each other, as well as their new baby.”

If this sounds like something that would suit you and your partner, it is not available just yet, but could be available within the next five years.
 
 
Written by Sophie Gavin, intern at Family Friendly HQ. Follow her on Instagram.