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Devex Profiles Breastfeeding Device Under Development To Help Prevent Disease Transmission, Deliver Nutrients

Noting that infants who are breastfed have better survival rates, Devex profiles a device under development “that could disinfect breast milk and thus prevent viruses such as HIV from being transferred from a mother to her infant.” According to the news service, “The so-called nipple shield delivery system from JustMilk was recently nominated to receive a seed grant from Saving Lives at Birth Challenge.” In addition to helping prevent disease transmission, “[t]he nipple shield is intended to be a low-cost, safe and effective way to administer medication or nutrients to breastfeeding babies in developing countries,” Devex notes. The team of U.S. and U.K. researchers “plan[s] to carry out a rigorous stakeholder analysis as well as acceptability and clinical studies to optimize the design,” the news service writes (Villarino, 8/28).

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