Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Galastick (A medical device determining the daily amount of breast milk to improve neonatal nutritionandmothers’ psychophysics well-being.)
Reporting period: 2016-06-01 to 2016-09-30
GalaStick is a disposable medical device able to determining the lactation onset and the progressively increasing daily amount of breastmilk. The stick uses a lateral flow immunochromatographic assay that works simply detecting the presence (or absence) of a target analyte in the human milk sample. ""Biological diversity among people, reveals that not all mothers are the same. For some of them (not a few) it occurs that they are not able to successfully breastfeed their babies. Breastfeeding without ""feeding"" can cause frequent crying and colic in the newborn and nervousness in mothers, lack of confidence in their abilities and depression. A mother starts to feel inadequate, undermining her psychological wellness. On the other hand, several mothers have breastmilk in excess and could donate it to preterm infants in midwiferies, thus promoting the babies' health and reduce hospitals' costs.