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Pioneering methods to unravel lactation insufficiency

Project description

A nipple sensor to monitor lactation efficiency

The WHO recommends breastfeeding during the first six months of life, underscoring the importance of maternal milk in infant health. However, a significant proportion of women have trouble in producing enough milk. The EU-funded LactIns-and-outs project is interested to understand the causes of lactation insufficiency and determine milk composition during breastfeeding. To achieve this, scientists will develop a compact sensor engineered into a nipple shield. The sensor will integrate an optical-based method that characterises milk fat globules and measures mammary physiological parameters in real time. Implementation of this sensor will improve breastfeeding outcome and help diagnose lactation insufficiency.


Net EU contribution
€ 1 500 000,00
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede

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Oost-Nederland Overijssel Twente
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00