Cracked nipples and the agony of nursing a hungry baby at the same time is quite a severe situation that only moms will understand. Breast pumps are a solution and even if we use it for convenience purposes, the whole idea of an artificial nipple squeezer is quite alien to a lactating mother. The goal of the IUNO Breast Pump is not to offer a quick pumping session, but to offer a comforting, more intimate and less intimidating experience. The bowl is shaped more like a baby’s head than a bottle tube for that sake.
How does it work:
Instead of a funnel connected to a bottle, the part of the pump held against the breast is a sphere. It encompasses all the different parts that are found in today’s pumps: funnel, diaphragm, valve and milk reservoir.
The funnel’s shape has been designed to be more organic and closer to what actually goes on in a baby’s mouth during suckling during which the nipple’s shape is changed and the areola is massaged against the baby’s palate. In addition, the funnel is lined with a separate thick silicone lining for the mother’s comfort. It is this lining that massages the area surrounding the nipple when the vacuum is applied.
The base houses the pump itself as well as holding the sphere when it’s not held by the mother. It includes a digital timer as well as controls for the vacuum levels and the number of cycles per minute.
Designer: Dan Almagor