In Brief

Th device focuses on the biology of a mother feeding their child milk for a more comfortable experience

Janica Alverez was having an atrocious time with the breast pumps on the market, as she felt they were were loud and uncomfortable to use. With a background in health care, she teamed up with her husband Jeff, who was a mechanical engineer that worked with medical devices, to provide an alternative. They created Naya, an app-controlled breast pump for nursing mothers.

Jeff took what Janica was using at the time, a Medela Pump and Style, and toyed with the design. In the process, Jeff tested if a hydraulic pump, a tool used in cataract eye surgery, could properly yield more milk comfortably and at greater quantities. The transition was a success.

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