Manoula Device

The first device to help mothers directly measure breast milk intake in infants.

Manoula Device

The first device to help mothers directly measure breast milk intake in infants.

Lactation Innovations

Lactation Innovations develops technologies to encourage optimal breastfeeding experiences for infants and mothers. Our first product, Manoula, is a safe and convenient home use medical device that accurately measures the quantity of breastmilk consumed by an infant. Accordingly, the mother experiences less anxiety, is more aware of her infant's feeding habits, and the data can be shared with her child's practitioner.

Brittany Molkenthin, CEO 

Brittany Molkenthin BSN RN has direct patient contact and clinical experience with today's pediatric population, and continues to work in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Brittany has collaborated with Lactation Consultants, midwives, OBGYN’s, and women health specialists by sharing her extensive clinical training experiences. Brittany continues to work alongside breastfeeding mothers and is exposed to the troubles and anxieties that the Manoula device prevents and corrects. Brittany has performed research in post-partum depression during her undergraduate studies, and presented her findings at a national conference, Experimental Biology, in Chicago, IL 2017. Brittany is a Master’s candidate in the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Regis College, which will provide her with additional clinical background and experience to support breastfeeding.

Jayme Coates, COO

Jayme has been in the medical device industry for the past 15+ years. She has worked on design, development, and manufacturing of medical devices on the contract services side, touching over 100 unique medical devices in concept development, design, verification testing, prototype manufacturing, and manufacturing FDA approved products, specializing in the Class III active implantable space. She has a demonstrated history of working in the medical device industry; skilled in Verification and Validation (V&V), Medical Devices, Biomedical Engineering, ISO 13485, Active Implantable Devices, and Product Development. 

Additionally, she worked in the biodynamics lab at the University of Connecticut as a research assistant and completed a graduate level thesis on sensor technologies and modalities. Jayme received her MBA in 2010 and served as the general manager of a contract design and manufacturing firm responsible for all manufacturing, design, and development operations. In the past three years, prior to joining Lactation Innovations, she successfully founded and is the CEO of an engineering consulting firm and a real estate investment business.

Product

Manoula is a patent pending non-invasive sensor that detects the volume of milk a baby ingests at a feeding and provides feedback to the mother through a baby breastfeeding app.

A patent pending non-invasive sensor

Onesie with a pocket insert to secure the sensor

App that provides milk volume feedback to the mother's mobile device along with other metrics and inputs commonly tracked

Benefits

Convenient

Non-distracting, and easily placed in the pocket of the onesie

Accurate

Direct measurement

Affordable

Our device is $150 retail (formula costs $200/month)

Safe

Widely utilized sensor technology for all ages

Development Path

COMPLETED

Feasibility testing
Patent pending

PROOF OF CONCEPT

Characterization Testing 2019

ALPHA PROTOTYPE

Safety Testing 2019-2020  

FDA SUBMISSION

Planned 2020

LAUNCH

2021 Commercialization

Why This Device?

The CEO and founder of Lactation Innovations began the product as a student nurse at the bedside of a new mother in a labor and delivery unit. Brittany was assigned to this new mother to teach her the tips of breastfeeding so the mother and her newborn could be discharged home. Brittany spent hours with the tearful mother, who struggled to get the baby to latch, as she sobbed and asked “How do I know if I am doing this right? How much has he actually taken in?” Despite numerous attempts, with now both a tearful mother and crying newborn, the mother refused to breastfeed altogether. The new mom, who had high hopes and expectations of breastfeeding, just wanted to feed her baby with a bottle. Brittany knew there was, and must be a better way to not only support this mother, but the thousands of mothers that struggle annually with the breastfeeding experience. As Brittany actively continues to work at the bedside with breastfeeding mothers in high stress environments, she often encounters situations where she says to herself, “I have a solution for you, I will be able to help you.”

Phone
Brittany Molkenthin

860-949-2096

Email
Brittany Molkenthin 
brittany@lactationinnovations.com

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