Device promises to save precious breastmilk

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There's nothing more disheartening than pouring breast milk down the drain, but a new device will help put a stop to that.

Designed to create a barrier between the fresh breast milk and the bottle's nipple, the new invention allows the milk to flow to the baby while preventing any back flow. This stops the spread of bacteria from the baby's mouth to the milk, meaning you can save the unused portion for later.

Called the aLoo valve, this handy device can also be used on bottles of formula too, which is a fantastic cost saver.

The aLoo valve.
The aLoo valve. 

It's BPA-free and fits many branded bottles. You just fasten the valve directly onto the cap or nipple portion of the bottle and then use the bottle as you normally would.

According to the aLoo co-founder, Dr Aarti Mehta, the valve will stop 99.6 per cent of backwash that could potentially contaminate the bottle of breast milk.

She came up for the idea after struggling to produce enough breast milk for her daughter.

"Of the limited breast milk I made, once my daughter took a sip from the bottle, the bacteria from her saliva contaminated the milk," Dr Mehta wrote on the company's website.

"Whatever she didn't finish would need to be thrown away in 4 to 6 hours. That was SO MUCH WASTE."

Dr Mehta said, like a lot of mothers, she felt guilt about not producing enough milk and for wasting what she did produce, so she developed the aLoo, which is a variation of daughter Ariadna's nickname Aloo, which means potato in Hindi.

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She launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and the product is now available for pre-order.

The only catch is that at this stage it's still in production and not expected to be shipped out until November this year.

You can find out more about the product on the company's website.