Tech Firm Create Fake Boobs So Dads Can Breastfeed Too
Not a day passed in my early breastfeeding days when I wished I could pass my daughter across to her dad for him to hold the ropes so I could catch up on sleep or in some cases, just have a breather.
I love breastfeeding and I cannot wait to start a new journey, possibly tandem feeding with bump and a toddler in a few weeks but I know at times it is going to be exhausting between leaps, night feeds and all the other bits that go with raising a large family.
However, earlier this week, a Japanese tech firm launched a new product which allows dads to breastfeed their infants and to be honest, I don't how I feel about it.
Showcased at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, the new breastfeeding system called the Father's Nursing Assistant stole the show.
Launched by Dentsu, the wearable device mimics female breasts and even has a nipple system with realistic looking teeth.
The gadget is designed to allow dad to feed their baby the same way a mother does, promoting skin to skin between dads and their offspring.
Shaped like a real pair of breast, although with no room for engorgement like the real puppies, the device is made of a plastic which resembles the feel of human skin.
One of the fake breasts holds the milk in a little storage tank while the other contains the nipple system to feed the infant.
Although nurslings can only feed on one side of the breastfeeding system - something I find quite familiar, my youngest always had a favourite.
The strap on boobs can be filled with either milk or formula.
The new device which is yet to go on sale even tracks all feeding and sleeping patterns. The data is stored on an app for parents to track, allowing parents a better understanding of their child's needs.
In a press release, manufacturer, Dentsu, said: "Breastfeeding is also effective at helping the parent sleep - a benefit that is currently skewed toward women."
"Focusing on breastfeeding, we aim to decrease the amount of burden on mothers and increase the amount of time infants sleep by enabling fathers to breastfeed."
So hands up, who wants one?
Kellie Kearney is a Dublin mammy of 4 kids aged 2, 3, 4 and 9 (and she is expecting baby #5 in May). A self-confessed procrastinator and picker-upper of things, Kellie would never turn down a coffee and she loves to travel. You can follow her every day true to life moments on Instagram.