Naya Well being raises $three.9 million to construct a greater breast pump

Naya Health raises $3.9 million to build a better breast pump

Redwood Metropolis-based mostly Naya Well being has raised $three.9 million in seed funding to make a breast pump that’s sleeker, quieter and extra snug for mothers than the units already available on the market.

Buyers co-main the spherical have been Tandem Capital and Bojiang Capital who have been joined by S-Cubed Capital, Astia Angels, Stanford’s StartX and particular person angels.

In response to married co-founders Janica and Jeff Alvarez, mother and father of three youngsters collectively, the startup needs to assist ladies give their infants a breastmilk food regimen for so long as they want, with the least attainable problem.

In response to a number of pediatric research, infants fed with breastmilk solely or primarily for the primary six months of their lives expertise decrease charges of bronchial asthma, pneumonia, leukemia and different childhood sicknesses in comparison with those that take components solely as an alternative.

And the World Well being Group recommends mothers who can achieve this feed their infants breastmilk solely for six months, then proceed to offer them breastmilk for the primary two years of their lives.

These are among the many explanation why so many moms choose to pump when work and different obligations interrupt time spent with their infants.

Office and public lodging for mothers who breastfeed have, in recent times, helped gasoline the expansion of corporations like Philips Avent, Lansinoh Laboratories and others within the burgeoning breast pump market.

The business is projected to generate $1.2 billion in annual international gross sales by 2020, in line with forecasts from Grand View Analysis Inc.

Naya Well being’s new breast pump works utilizing a water-based mostly hydraulic system fairly than a pneumatic, or air-based mostly, one. Its suction is extra environment friendly than that of at present’s in style fashions, Alvarez stated.

The piece of the Naya Well being Sensible Pump that attaches to a mom’s breasts additionally deviates from the previous, exhausting plastic funnels that go together with a mass-marketed pumps. Its cups are softer, hospital-grade silicone, and structured to really feel like a child’s latching mouth would.

The pump additionally has sensible options for the “quantified parenting” set. It senses how a lot milk a mother is producing, and provides her knowledge about her milk manufacturing by way of a smartphone app. This could ostensibly assist mothers optimize their pumping schedules and keep away from issues like over- or underneath-provide on a given day.

The Naya Well being pump continues to be not available in shops. That’s partially as a result of the corporate can’t promote and ship it to clients till it attains regulatory approvals from the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration.

However a evaluation course of is within the works, the CEO stated, and the merchandise must be licensed as a category II medical gadget inside a number of months.

Right now, Naya Well being opened up the likelihood for patrons to register to purchase one at the least—no deposit required.

Lengthy-time period, the corporate is planning a “pump it ahead” initiative, whereby households who’ve wrapped up their breastfeeding and pumping can ship their hardware again to Naya Well being or retail companions to have it cleaned up and donated, with new sterile attachments, to ladies in want.

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