Many expectant mothers are told that breastfeeding will come naturally, but it is often a difficult and confusing experience, especially in the first few weeks after birth. Parents often worry about their babies being fed enough or producing enough milk. MyMilk Labs wants to give breastfeeding mothers more information and connect to a mobile app with Mylee, a sensor that samples a few drops of breast milk for information about its composition. The Israeli-based company presented today at Disrupt Battlefield as one of two wildcard competitors selected from Startup Alley.
The Mylee was released on Disrupt at a pre-order price of $ 249 (the regular retail price is $ 349). MyMilk Labs, based in Israel, was founded in 201
Breast milk changes from colostrum to mature milk during the first days and weeks after birth. Mylee scans the electrochemical properties of milk and then correlates them with data points based on MyMilk Labs examinations to calculate where the sample is on the continuum. He then tells the mothers whether their milk is "delayed" or "advanced" relative to the time it has passed since their birth.
The first version of the device is currently in a beta pilot with lactation consultants who used it to scan milk samples from 500 mothers.
MyMilk Labs already has breast milk kits available to provide a small sample at home, which is then sent to MyMilk Labs laboratories for analysis. One is a nutrition panel, which contains information on the milk vitamins B6, B12 and A, calorie and fat levels and nutritional recommendations for the mother. Another panel looks at the causes of chest pain, a common complaint in nursing mothers. It tests for bacterial or fungal infections and, depending on which strains have been detected, gives suggestions for antibiotics.
Although some doctors believe that test kits are not required for the majority of breastfeeding mothers, there is a need for more breastfeeding knowledge, as the line shows from breast milk testing kits from MyMilk Labs and competitors such as Lactation Labs, Everly Well and Happy vitals. Haramati said on-stage that MyMilk Labs plans to eventually transfer some of the test features to Mylee.