A student has designed the first ever ‘chestfeeding kit’, enabling fathers to breastfeed.
The kit, which contains lab-produced female hormones, is said to allow dads to fulfill a similar role to breastfeeding mothers.
The London-based student told ‘Good Morning Britain’: “I designed this first as an empathy tool, I was looking at post-natal depression and I learnt so much, particularly that it occurs in men and the main cause of that is the feeling of being left out.
She added: “It’s not necessarily because they’re breastfeeding, it’s infant preference, I read a lot of heartfelt accounts, the dad comes home all ready to be Super Dad and the baby’s not interested because the baby’s attracted to the smell of breast milk and that’s what mum smells like.”
Springham has already been recognised for her innovation, and scooped the Grand Trophy prize at the Meaning Centred Design Awards 2018.
However, Twitter users weren’t so sure, with some calling it “mad” and “ridiculous”.
Male #chestfeeding 🤔 The world has gone mad. All I have to say😂😭
— sasha x (@akafucked) February 12, 2019
@GMB chestfeeding… really?! I’m all for dads being more involved, they should be, but this is absolutely ridiculous
— Soph (@sophielynas24) February 12, 2019
Male #chestfeeding the world has gone bonkers! … Women have breasts for one reason only.
— Beetlemum (@lisabeetlemum) February 12, 2019
How does a male chestfeeding kit work?
In an interview published in October last year, Springham explained to parenting website Parents.com how the chestfeeding kit enables men to breastfeed.
The kit contains a supply of hormone progestin – a man-made form of the female sex hormone progesterone.
Men are advised to begin taking this hormone as soon as they learn their partner is pregnant, and this stimulates the product of milk glands.
Six months before the baby’s due date, fathers-to-be take another hormone, domperidone, to stimulate prolactin – the hormone associated with milk production.
The kit also contains a milk pump and compression vest.
The device is still in its testing stages but could be available to buy in five years.
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