Nextiles, a smart fabric technology start-up, has joined hands with women’s health brand Lilu to bring the next level of breast pumping technology to new mothers.
As National Breastfeeding Month has started in August, the two National Science Foundation (NSF)-backed companies have joined forces as part of a larger initiative to spread awareness of the mental and physical challenges new moms endure.
The companies are using Lilu’s advanced breast pumping massage bra to help the mission and integrating Nextiles’ sensor technology to create novel performance data for new mothers and the broader healthcare industry.
Nextiles’ patent-protected manufacturing process blends traditional sewing techniques with printed circuit boards to embed flexible sensors directly into fabrics for the new mom uniform – a breastfeeding-friendly bra.
Using fabric such as nylon and spandex, the breast pumping bra is claimed to be extremely comfortable and is even machine washable for easy cleanup. The bra will collect data to provide mothers with insights about their lactation, to help them reach their breastfeeding goals.
“Working closely with Lilu’s apparel and technology team, together, we’re delivering user-friendly technology to new moms who struggle with breastfeeding, while simultaneously shedding light on the obvious gap in Femtech products,” commented George Sun, Founder and CEO, Nextiles.
Adriana Vazquez, CEO and Co-founder, Lilu, averred, “We created Lilu to offer a line of smart bras designed specifically to help new moms adapt to breastfeeding more seamlessly. This demographic of new moms tends to be overlooked in the technology space, but when done correctly technology like this can be a tremendous help. It not only can make pumping more comfortable, but with the addition of Nextiles’ data-driven technology, that added insight will provide users with a sense of reassurance as well.”