JP5028491B2 - Improvements regarding infant care - Google Patents

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JP5028491B2
JP5028491B2 JP2009538760A JP2009538760A JP5028491B2 JP 5028491 B2 JP5028491 B2 JP 5028491B2 JP 2009538760 A JP2009538760 A JP 2009538760A JP 2009538760 A JP2009538760 A JP 2009538760A JP 5028491 B2 JP5028491 B2 JP 5028491B2
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  The present invention relates to infant care. The present invention relates in particular to a method for feeding an infant, a feeding device, a method for babies, a pacifier device and an odor carrier.

  In recent years, many infants are fed by breastfeeding devices, such as baby bottles filled with milk powder or milked milk, rather than breastfeeding. If the mother cannot deliver enough milk to meet the infant's nutritional needs, the mother and the infant are separated for medical reasons (eg, premature birth), and the mother uses a breast pump to extract the milk There are various reasons for this, such as mothers cannot choose to breastfeed for cosmetic or social reasons.

  Although necessary and / or desirable under many circumstances, it is difficult to breastfeed an infant with a breastfeeding device. It is common for infants to refuse nutrition from breastfeeding devices, especially if they have previously been breastfed or exposed to new eating habits. This can lead to reduced infant nutrition and water intake and is generally detrimental.

  A further problem in breastfeeding infants with breastfeeding devices is a reduction in mother-child contact compared to breastfeeding. Infants, especially when hungry, often experience sadness and anxiety when they feel that their mother is not nearby. In addition, touch reduction is particularly problematic when breastfeeding is not always present, but even if the mother partially breastfeeds the infant using a breastfeeding device, the feeling of close contact and touching that breastfeeding provides. You will lose. Close contact between mothers and infants is thought to have strong forming power in each other's long-term relationships in their lives.

  Numerous attempts have been made to alleviate the problem of refusing nutrition. For example, improved nutritional formulas have been proposed. In addition, the breastfeeding device itself was designed to make it easier to feed and reassure the infant. For example, in Patent Document 1 (French Patent Invention No. 2,955,569), a rubber having an adhesive collar imitating the shape, texture and flexibility of an anatomical structure in a female breast and impregnating the mother's odor A multi-sensory baby bottle made is described. This provides a bottle that reassures the infant during breastfeeding and enhances the sense of security.

  Unfortunately, known breastfeeding devices that mimic the presence of a mother, even when combined with improved nutritional formulas, do not solve the problem of nutritional rejection and reduced touch. There are a number of factors involved in breastfeeding and / or the relative well-being of the infant due to the presence of the mother, which are very important but not well understood in the prior art. As a result, conventional methods that improve nutrition intake from breastfeeding devices or simply mimic the presence of a mother are not effective.

French Patent Invention No. 2595569

  It is an object of the present invention to provide a method and device that alleviates at least some of the problems associated with the prior art. In particular, the present invention relates to at least one of the following: contact between mother and child, transition from breastfeeding to artificial nutrition, acceptance of new food by infants, promotion of sucking behavior in infants, water intake in infants It is intended to provide a method and device that facilitates and / or facilitates at least one of fostering and nurturing an infant where feeding is not appropriate.

  According to a first aspect, the present invention resides in a method for breastfeeding an infant, comprising the steps of preparing a breastfeeding device, adding a female breast odor to the breastfeeding device, and using the breastfeeding device Feeding the infant.

  As used herein, the term “odour” refers to any characteristic that can be sensed by the sense of smell, whether conscious (eg, good odor) or semi-conscious (eg, pheromone). The odor can comprise a single component or a combination of components.

  One reason that the method according to the first aspect of the present invention shows an improvement over the prior art is to provide the basic olfactory stimuli that an infant would normally feel during breastfeeding in the presence of a feeding device. It is in. Certain olfactory stimuli from a woman's breast are essential for improving mother-child relationships and promote attachment and touch. In addition, chemical signals from the breasts of women include a putative pheromone that stimulates sucking behavior, assists in guiding infant movement, and thereby increases nutrient intake.

  The first aspect of the present invention is particularly suitable for weaning infants because it provides the natural olfactory stimulation that infants expect during artificial nutrition. This means that when the infant's diet changes, for example, from breast milk to artificial milk powder, rejection of the feeding device due to inexperience with the feeding device is reduced.

  According to the first aspect of the present invention, both artificially and naturally secreted female breast odors can be used. However, their use is desirable because naturally secreted odors are freely available.

  The Applicant has found that the odor of a woman's breast is preferably that of a lactating woman. Under breastfeeding, the infant recognizes the odor originating from the breast of the lactating woman and prefers this to, for example, the odor originating from a site other than the breast of the lactating woman and the smell of the breast of the non-lactating woman.

  Preferably, the scent of a woman's breast is that of the infant's mother, and in particular, infants that are breastfed are familiar and react specifically to the scent of their mother. Although the foster mother's odor can be used, the mother's odor is preferably that of the infant's biological mother.

  In particular, as a convenient way to add a female breast odor to a breastfeeding device, the method according to the first aspect of the invention comprises a sub-step of preparing an odor carrier, contacting the odor carrier with the female breast, A sub-step for absorbing the odor of the breast and a sub-step for coupling the odor carrier to the breastfeeding device. Prior to contacting the odor carrier with the woman's breast, this method is optionally and as a further sub-step to enhance the odor retention capacity of the odor carrier, as a solvent, a relaxation agent, a biological additive, other substances. Or a odor carrier processing step by a combination thereof. Substances added to the odor carrier not only act to allow the absorption of large amounts of odors, but can additionally or alternatively provide skin treatment, for example to prevent inflammation. In general, glyceryl esters, particularly propylene glycol, are representative examples of materials that are preferably utilized in odor carriers.

  Preferably, the odor carrier is kept in contact with the female breast, for example by adhering to the female breast using an adhesive. Alternatively or additionally, the odor carrier is kept in contact with the woman's breast, for example by using an adhesive again to adhere to the garment. Contact over several hours is desirable so that odor absorption reaches a sufficient level.

  Prior to contacting the scent carrier with the female breast and coupling the scent carrier to the breastfeeding device, the method may further include the sub-step of using the scent carrier as a breastfeeding pad to absorb the leaked breast milk.

  The use of the scent carrier as a breastfeeding pad prior to the scent carrier binding to the breastfeeding device is a convenient and very effective way to add a female breast scent to the breastfeeding device while at the same time being a useful second role. Make it possible to fulfill.

  For example, if it is inconvenient to couple all odor carriers to the feeding device, a portion of the odor carrier can be discarded after the odor carrier is used as a breast milk pad prior to coupling the odor carrier to the feeding device. .

  Further, when the scent carrier is used as a nursing pad for a lactating woman that easily leaks breast milk, the waste part of the scent carrier can be selected based on the distribution of the leaked breast milk that has passed through the scent carrier. Preferably, a portion containing higher concentration of breast milk leaked than the remaining portion of the odor carrier is selected as a waste portion of the odor carrier.

  Removing these parts of the odor carrier that contain high concentrations of leaked breast milk, as breast milk is relatively unstable and may produce malodorous by-products that can adversely affect the effects of the present invention Is desirable.

  According to a second aspect, the invention resides in a feeding device for feeding an infant, the feeding device comprising a nutrient storage means and a nutrient dispenser for dispensing the stored nutrient. Here, the breastfeeding device can be configured to cooperate with an odor carrier that carries the scent of the female breast, and the scent of the female breast can be smelled to the infant during breastfeeding.

  Preferably, another odor carrier carrying the scent of the female breast is provided so that the scent of the female can be smelled to the infant during breastfeeding.

  The odor carrier can carry both artificially and naturally secreted female breast odors. However, their use is desirable because naturally secreted odors are freely available.

  The Applicant has found that the odor of a woman's breast is preferably that of a lactating woman. During breastfeeding, the infant recognizes the odor originating from the breast of the lactating woman and prefers this to, for example, the odor originating from parts other than the breast of the lactating woman and the smell of the breast of the non-lactating woman.

  Preferably, the scent of a woman's breast is that of the infant's mother, and in particular, infants that are breastfed are familiar and react specifically to the scent of their mother. Although the foster mother's odor can be used, the mother's odor is preferably that of the infant's biological mother.

  In accordance with the second aspect of the present invention, the breastfeeding device is particularly suitable for smelling the scent of a woman's breast during feeding, but it can carry other scents as needed. I want to be. According to the second aspect of the present invention, by using a breastfeeding device, the human or female axilla or cervical scent, artificially generated human scent, food scent or perfume scent, etc. The olfactory stimulus from the smell of can be given to lactating infants. It is also possible to assemble a breastfeeding device for use without an odor carrier.

  Any material suitable for carrying an odor can be used to form the odor carrier, for example cotton, cellulose or fabric. For example, the odor carrier can be treated with solvents, relaxation agents, biological additives, other substances, or combinations thereof to enhance odor retention capacity. Substances added to the odor carrier not only act to allow the absorption of large amounts of odors, but can additionally or alternatively provide skin treatment, for example to prevent inflammation. In general, glyceryl esters, particularly propylene glycol, are representative examples of materials that are preferably utilized in odor carriers.

  In order to infuse odors into the odor carrier, the odor carrier is placed in contact with the appropriate area of the skin until it absorbs a sufficient amount of odor prior to use in the breastfeeding device. Thus, for example, if a chest odor is required, an odor carrier can be secured to the breast or bra using an adhesive. Alternatively or additionally, if a cervical odor is required, the odor carrier can be retained in the cervical region by securing the odor carrier to clothing and / or suitable skin. In the case of an artificial odor, it is even simpler and only a few drops of a suitable liquid need be directly dropped onto the odor carrier.

  In order to increase the amount of smell the infant smells, an odor carrier can be placed near the nutrient dispenser in the feeding device. Advantageously, the nutrient dispenser may comprise a nipple and configure an odor carrier to cooperate with the nipple.

  An odor carrier can advantageously be accommodated under the outer surface of at least one layer of the feeding device. This minimizes the incorporation of odor carriers with nutrients or other odors, otherwise they can get in contact.

  This or each surface is provided with at least one diffusion opening so that the odor diffuses from the odor carrier and releases from the breastfeeding device at a site containing the odor carrier below the outer surface of at least one layer. Due to the presence of the shutter or cover, at least one diffusion opening can be opened and closed. The diffusion aperture can take any size suitable for odor diffusion. In particular, it can have an average cross section or pore size of 1 mm.

  According to a third aspect, the present invention is in a pacifier device for babies, configured to work with an odor carrier carrying a female scent, and when using a pacifier, smell the female scent to the infant It is possible to do that.

  Preferably, the pacifier device comprises an odor carrier that carries the female odor. The odor carrier can carry both the odor of the breast in women, both artificially and naturally secreted. However, their use is desirable because naturally secreted odors are freely available.

  Since the pacifier device can give the female olfactory stimulation to the infant by the odor carrier, the sense of security can be enhanced even if the woman is not always in contact.

  Preferably, the female scent is that of the infant's own mother and is preferably a biological mother. Incorporating the infant's own mother's odor has the advantage of facilitating contact between the mother and child each time a pacifier device is used.

  Any material suitable for carrying an odor can be used to form the odor carrier, for example cotton, cellulose or fabric. For example, the odor carrier can be treated with solvents, relaxation agents, biological additives, other substances, or combinations thereof to enhance odor retention capacity. Substances added to the odor carrier not only act to allow the absorption of large amounts of odors, but can additionally or alternatively provide skin treatment, for example to prevent inflammation. In general, glyceryl esters, particularly propylene glycol, are representative examples of materials that are preferably utilized in odor carriers.

  Preferably, the female scent carried by the scent carrier is that of the infant's own mother. Infants prefer the smell of their mother over the smell of other women. Although the foster mother's odor can be used, the mother's odor is preferably that of the infant's biological mother.

  For the odor carrier forming part of the feeding device according to the second aspect of the invention, the introduction of the odor carrier can be carried out as described above.

  Note that when used in a pacifier device, odors collected from the nipple area may not have the desired effect. Presenting an infant with an olfactory stimulus related to breastfeeding in the absence of food leads to upsets. According to the third aspect, the present invention envisions using a variety of female odors including breast odors, but the use of axillary and / or cervical odors is desirable. It is also possible to use completely artificial odors such as male odors as well as food odors, perfume scents or pheromone mixtures.

  Preferably, the pacifier device comprises a nipple and configures the odor carrier to cooperate with the nipple.

  Advantageously, an odor carrier can be accommodated under the outer surface of at least one layer of the feeding device. This helps to minimize odor carrier contamination during use.

  This or each surface is provided with at least one diffusion aperture so that the odor diffuses from the odor carrier and releases from the pacifier device at a site containing the odor carrier below the outer surface of at least one layer. Due to the presence of the shutter or cover, at least one diffusion opening can be opened and closed. The diffusion aperture can take any size suitable for odor diffusion. In particular, it can have an average cross section or pore size of 1 mm.

  According to a fourth aspect, the present invention resides in a method for pacifying an infant, the method comprising the steps of preparing a pacifier, adding a female odor to the pacifier, and pacing the infant using the pacifier. Have.

  Preferred features of the method according to the fourth aspect of the invention arise as well due to the various preferred features described with respect to the pacifier according to the third aspect of the invention.

  According to a fifth aspect, the present invention resides in an odor carrier comprising an absorptive portion that absorbs odors, and is configured to cooperate with a breastfeeding or pacifier device so that an infant can smell the odors absorbed by the odor carrier.

  Preferably, the odor carrier is configured for use as a nursing pad so that a dual function can be performed. Any material suitable for carrying an odor can be used to form the odor carrier, for example cotton, cellulose or fabric.

  Suitably, the odor carrier can be treated with, for example, solvents, relaxation agents, biological additives, other materials, or combinations thereof to enhance odor retention capacity. Substances added to the odor carrier not only act to allow the absorption of large amounts of odors, but can additionally or alternatively provide skin treatment, for example to prevent inflammation. In general, glyceryl esters, particularly propylene glycol, are representative examples of materials that are preferably utilized in odor carriers.

  For the odor carrier that forms part of the feeding device according to the second aspect of the invention, for example, the introduction of the odor carrier (including any odor) can be carried out as described above. Once introduced, the odor carrier according to the fourth aspect of the invention can be used, for example, in a breastfeeding device according to the second aspect of the invention or a pacifier device according to the third aspect of the invention.

  If it is necessary to store the odor carrier before use, it can be stored in a closed container, preferably at a low temperature (eg, −20 ° C.). This helps to reduce the amount of odor that diffuses from the pad before use. During use, the odor carrier diffuses the odor, so the odor must be periodically replaced or reintroduced so that its effect persists. For this reason, storage of the odor carrier is particularly important.

  Suitably, the odor carrier comprises a disc-shaped pad, which can be annular or non-annular and can optionally be made of cotton.

  Advantageously, the pad may have a disc-like removable part concentric with the disc-like pad. A detachable part can be installed in the same part as the remaining part of the odor carrier or in a different part.

  Preferably, the removable part is separated from the remaining part of the disk-like pad by a hole boundary.

  The pad can be provided with a recess corresponding to the breast teat. Here, the odor carrier comprises a detachable part, preferably a depression can be arranged on the detachable part.

  It is also a preferred feature that the odor carrier is provided with a liquid impermeable barrier to prevent liquid from penetrating a portion of the pad. This is advantageous, for example, in situations where leakage of leaked breast milk is prevented. Here, the odor carrier comprises a removable part, and a barrier can be arranged on the removable part so as to be suitable for preventing the penetration of liquid to the outside of the removable part. In another configuration, a barrier can be disposed between the removable part and the remaining part of the pad.

  Alternatively, or in addition to the relevant preferred features described above, the pad can be provided with at least one slit so that the odor carrier can cooperate with the breastfeeding or pacifier device.

  The scent carrier can comprise an adhesive portion to affix the scent carrier to the human skin. Alternatively or additionally, the odor carrier can comprise an adhesive portion to affix the odor carrier to the garment. Each adhesive portion can be separate or integral with the absorbent portion.

  The presence of the adhesive portion or the application of the adhesive to one side of the odor carrier increases the usefulness of the odor carrier as a nursing pad. What is important is that it retains the odor carrier in a site that effectively absorbs odor and / or breast milk, and adhesives are a suitable way to do this.

  Advantageously, the odor carrier is configured to be held under the outer surface of at least one layer of the breastfeeding or pacifier device to prevent contamination.

Of course, the present invention uses a method that has not yet been devised in at least two situations, namely breastfeeding and crawling, to smell the infant an appropriate odor to provide comfort and security. To help.
In order that the present invention may be more fully understood, an exemplary embodiment will be described with reference to FIGS.

The main structural member (component) in 1st Embodiment of this invention is shown. The main components in 1st Embodiment of this invention are shown. The main components in 1st Embodiment of this invention are shown. The main components in 1st Embodiment of this invention are shown. The main components in 1st Embodiment of this invention are shown. The main components in 1st Embodiment of this invention are shown. FIG. 2 shows a side view of the component of the embodiment shown in FIG. 1 assembled and not covering the diffusion opening. The main components in 2nd Embodiment of this invention are shown. FIG. 4 shows a perspective view of the component of the embodiment shown in FIG. 3 assembled and not covering the diffusion opening. 1 shows a first alternative embodiment of an odor carrier. 2 shows a second alternative embodiment of an odor carrier. Figure 3 shows a third alternative embodiment of an odor carrier. 4 shows a fourth alternative embodiment of an odor carrier. Figure 5 shows a fifth alternative embodiment of an odor carrier.

  1 and 2, in the first embodiment of the present invention, a breast feeding device 1 includes a nutrient storage means in the form of a plastic container 2, a nutrient dispenser in the form of a nipple assembly 3, and a container cap. 4, an odor carrier in the form of an annular absorbent pad 5 made of cotton, and a shutter (cover) 6 in the form of an annular rubber ring.

  The plastic container 2 has an upper end 7 with an opening for receiving nutrients. In use, after filling the container 2 with nutrients, the nipple assembly 3 is used to cover the opening, and the nipple assembly 3 is fixed in place by the container cap 4. By injecting the scent of the mother's breast into the absorbent pad 5 and fixing it in place between the nipple assembly 3 and the cap 4, when the nutrition is taken from the container through the nipple assembly 3, Give a stimulus. When the breast feeding device 1 is not used, the cover 6 is placed on the top surface of the container cap 4.

  In order to allow the nipple assembly 3 to serve the function of covering the opening of the plastic container 2, the nipple assembly 3 has the shape of an annular disk having an outer diameter slightly larger than the opening of the plastic container 2. The base 8 is provided. In this way, the base portion 8 of the nipple assembly 3 can be placed on the rim of the opening in the plastic container 2 but does not significantly overlap. The second important component in the nipple assembly 3 is the nipple 9 itself, which conventionally uses a flexible latex or silicone layer and extends from the central circular opening rim in the annular base 8 with a taper, A bulbous end 10 is formed, and an opening is provided in the end 10 to facilitate sucking by the infant.

  Naturally, in order for the nipple assembly 3 to function effectively as a nutrient dispenser via the bulbous end 10 of the nipple 9, the opening of the plastic container 2 is not sealed in the base portion 8. must not. As will be explained below, this is achieved by the container cap 4 and at the same time serves to fix the annular absorbent pad 5 in place close to the nipple assembly 3.

  The container cap 4 comprises a flat part 11 in the shape of an annular disc having a flat surface facing upwards and downwards and an outer diameter and a central opening 12 of dimensions similar to the base part 8 in the teat assembly 3. A plurality of diffusion openings 13 are formed in the planar portion 11 and the central circular hole 12 is surrounded radially. When necessary, for example, when the breast feeding device 1 is not used, the annular cover 6 having the central opening 6a is detachably disposed on the flat surface facing upward so that the diffusion opening 13 can be closed. An annular edge portion 14 extending vertically downward from the outer edge portion of the planar portion 11 is provided, and an inner surface of the annular edge portion 14 is provided with a first thread (not shown), in the vicinity of the opening of the plastic container 2 So as to be able to engage with a complementary second thread 15 formed on the outer surface.

  In order to seal the nipple assembly 3 to the plastic container 2 and simultaneously hold the annular absorbent pad 5 in place, the nipple assembly 3 is first placed on the rim of the plastic container, and the nipple 9 is made of plastic. A state of protruding from the container 2 is set. Next, an annular absorbent pad 5 having a diameter and a central opening 16 having the same dimensions as the base portion 8 in the nipple assembly 3 is horizontally disposed on the upper portion of the base portion 8 of the nipple assembly 3. Finally, the container cap 4 is placed on the annular absorbent pad 5 so that the annular edge portion 14 faces the plastic container 2 and the nipple 9 of the nipple assembly 3 penetrates the central opening 12 of the flat portion 11. Down. The container cap 4 is screwed onto the upper end 7 of the plastic container 2 with complementary threads, so that it is firmly fixed in place.

  The breast feeding device 1 according to the first embodiment of the present invention is a modification of a known breast feeding device. The above-described configuration is the same as that of a conventional breast feeding device, but differs in that it has an annular absorbent pad 5, a diffusion opening 13 of a container cap 4, and a cover 6. A feature of the present invention is the addition of a female breast odor to a breastfeeding device, especially the modifications described in the first embodiment above facilitate this.

  Prior to coupling the remaining components to the breastfeeding device 1 according to the first embodiment, the absorbent pad 5 is fixed in contact with the female breast (not shown) to absorb the odor emitted by the skin. This can be achieved by fixing the pad 5 inside the breast body and / or brassiere (not shown), for example with an adhesive. After holding the absorbent pad 5 in place between the container cap 4 and the nipple assembly 3, the absorbed odor is dispersed from the open diffusion opening 13 in the container cap 4, and the baby sucking from the breast feeding device 1 has an olfactory sensation. Give a stimulus. When the breast feeding device 1 is not used, the opening 13 is closed by the cover 6, and the odor dispersed from the odor carrier 5 is reduced.

  A second embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to FIGS. 3 and 4. The pacifier 17 includes a scent carrier in the shape of a backing 18, a nipple assembly 19, an annular absorbent pad 20 made of cotton, a cap 21 and an annular A shutter (cover) 22 having a rubber ring shape is provided.

  The backing 18 includes a disk having an upper flat surface 23, a lower flat surface (not shown), and a rim surface 24 having a first thread (not shown). A ring-shaped handle 25 is attached to the lower flat surface of the backing portion 18, and the upper flat surface 23 supports the nipple assembly 19.

  The teat assembly 19 in the second embodiment has the same structure as the teat assembly 3 in the first embodiment, but differs in that the teat 26 itself is a pacifier teat, that is, it is not suitable for dispensing nutrients. The base portion 27 of the nipple assembly 19 has the same outer diameter as the lining portion 18, and the nipple 26 of the nipple assembly 19 protrudes on the side opposite to the lining portion 18 and is placed on the upper flat surface 23 of the lining portion. To do.

  In order to give an appropriate olfactory stimulus while an infant (not shown) is sucking, a female odor is injected into the pacifier odor carrier in the shape of the annular cotton pad 20 described in the first embodiment. This injection is performed, for example, by contact with the skin, and is placed on the base portion 27 of the nipple assembly 19. The annular cotton pad 20 has the same outer diameter as the base portion 27 in the nipple assembly 19 and a central hole 28 for receiving the nipple 26, so that the base portion 27 is horizontally disposed on the base portion 27 so as to surround the nipple 26. Place. After being arranged on the base portion 27 of the nipple assembly 19, it has the same structure as the container cap 4 described in the first embodiment, and the components of the pacifier 17 are integrally fixed on the backing portion 18. The pad 20 is held at a predetermined position by the cap 21 to be screwed. Further, an annular cover 22 having a central opening 22a for accommodating the nipple 26 is provided so that the diffusion opening 29 can be closed as necessary.

  In use, the smell diffuses from the pad 20 through the diffusion opening 29 in the cap 21 and around the pacifier 17, so that the infant sucking on the nipple 26 is given an olfactory stimulus.

  Multiple odor carrier alternatives can be applied to both the first and second embodiments, which are described below. Each feature of these odor carriers can be implemented individually or in combination.

  Referring to FIG. 5, the scent carrier 30 which is the first alternative example is a part of the first and second embodiments of the present invention except that a circular detachable portion 31 blocks the central opening portion. It has the same structure as the pad. The hole boundary 32 separates the pad from the annular residue 33 as a detachable part.

  The scent carrier 30, which is a first alternative embodiment, is particularly suitable for absorbing breast scents from lactating women. This is designed so that the entire body including the detachable portion 31 is fixed to a predetermined position of a female breast (not shown) like a breastfeeding pad. That is, the detachable portion 31 is aligned and arranged on the breast nipple. While in contact with the breast, the odor carrier 30 generally absorbs the odor and leaked breast milk accumulates mainly in the circular removable part 31. Since breast milk tends to rot relatively quickly due to the accumulation of bacteria and malodors, the removable part 31 is separated by the pore boundary 32 and discarded after the absorption of the odor is completed. For this reason, the remaining portion 33 of the odor carrier 30 can be used for, for example, the breast feeding device 1 or the pacifier 17 according to the first or second embodiment.

  FIG. 6 shows an odor carrier 34 as a second alternative embodiment, which is particularly suitable for absorbing the odor of the breast in lactating women, except that the removable part 35 has a depression 36 in its center, It has the same structure as the odor carrier 30 of the first alternative embodiment. Similar to the odor carrier 30 in the first alternative embodiment, the odor carrier 34 in the second alternative embodiment is affixed to the breast and the depression 36 is formed to accommodate the nipple of the breast to absorb the odor and / or the nursing pad. While using the odor carrier 34, the odor carrier 34 of the second alternative embodiment can be worn more easily and comfortably. After absorption is complete, the removable portion 35 is discarded, leaving an annular residual portion 37 that is suitable for use in the first or second embodiment described above and has a relatively low concentration of injected breast milk.

  The odor carrier 38 in the third alternative embodiment described with reference to FIG. 7 is particularly suitable for absorbing the odor of the breast in lactating women, is adapted similarly to the odor carrier 30 in the first alternative embodiment, and It has a similar structure, but also has a liquid impervious circular barrier 39 in the circular removable part 40 to prevent breast milk from penetrating outward from the center of the odor carrier 38. The circular barrier 39 is concentric with the circular removable part 40 but has a slightly smaller diameter, thus forming a plug for breast milk in the circular hole boundary 41. After absorption is complete, the removable part is discarded, leaving an annular residue 42 suitable for use in the first or second embodiment described above, where the injected milk is relatively low in concentration.

  The odor carrier 43 in the fourth alternative embodiment described with reference to FIG. 8 is particularly suitable for absorbing the odor of the breast in lactating women and comprises all the features of the odor carrier 38 in the third alternative embodiment, It has an adhesive portion 44 suitable for applying the odor carrier 43 to human skin and / or clothing. The bonding portion 44 extends from the outer peripheral edge 45 of the pad in the odor carrier 43 to a position at a certain depth, and has an adhesive layer 46 on one side. The adhesive portion 44 and the pad are detachably coupled by a suitably perforated release sheet 47 that does not interfere with the removal of the circular detachable portion 48. After absorption is complete, the odor carrier 43 is separated from the breast and / or clothing and the removable portion 48 and adhesive portion 44 are discarded. This leaves an annular residual portion 49 suitable for use in the first or second embodiment described above and having a relatively low concentration of injected breast milk. In other embodiments (not shown), the adhesive can also be applied directly to the pad to eliminate the need for a different adhesive portion.

  The odor carrier 50 in the fifth alternative embodiment described with reference to FIG. 9 comprises a disc-like cotton pad 51 having a number of slits 52 extending radially from the center. The slit 52 extends to the periphery in a concentric circle with respect to the center of the pad 51, and this concentric circle has a diameter equal to the central openings 16, 28 in the odor carriers 5, 20 described in some of the first and second embodiments. These can be replaced by odor carriers that work with the devices in the first and second embodiments.

  The odor carrier (not shown) in the sixth alternative embodiment comprises an annular cotton portion concentrically and detachably affixed to the front and rear flat surfaces and the rear flat surface of the cotton pad. When the female breast is brought into contact with the posterior aspect, an annular cotton portion surrounds the breast teat and absorbs odors, while the cotton pad functions as a breastfeeding pad. If removed from the cotton pad, an annular cotton pad portion can be used, such as the odor carrier in the device of the first or second embodiment.

  The above-described embodiments are merely exemplary, and the addition of odors to breastfeeding or pacifier devices can be done in a variety of ways and are encompassed and compatible with the present invention. The basic configuration of the breastfeeding device, pacifier, and these individual components can be varied. For example, various sizes such as circles, squares or triangles, or holes of any size can be used as diffusion openings. Similarly, the breastfeeding device body need not be in the form of a bottle, for example a nasal esophageal tube system.

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  1. In breastfeeding methods for breastfeeding infants,
    Preparing a breastfeeding device;
    Adding a breast odor of a breastfeeding woman to the breastfeeding device, comprising :
    A sub-step of preparing an odor carrier;
    Using the odor carrier as a breastfeeding pad to absorb leaked breast milk, causing the odor carrier to contact a female breast, and allowing the odor carrier to absorb the odor of the breast; and
    Prior to coupling the odor carrier to the breastfeeding device, a sub-step of discarding a portion of the odor carrier, the portion containing a higher concentration of breast milk leaked than the remaining portion of the odor carrier. Selecting as a discard part of
    Coupling the odor carrier to the breastfeeding device ;
    Feeding the infant using the feeding device.
  2. 2. The method of claim 1 , wherein the female breast odor is that of the infant's biological mother.
  3. 2. The method of claim 1 , further comprising the step of treating the odor carrier with a solvent and / or a relaxation agent prior to contacting the odor carrier with the female breast. .
  4. A breastfeeding device for feeding an infant, wherein the breastfeeding device comprises a nutrient storage means and a nutrient dispenser for dispensing the stored nutrients, has an odor carrier carrying the scent of a woman's breast, Enabling the infant to smell the breast odor, containing the odor carrier under the outer surface of at least one layer of the breastfeeding device, so that the odor diffuses from the odor carrier and is released from the breastfeeding device. A breastfeeding device characterized in that at least one outer surface is provided with at least one diffusion opening .
  5. 5. The breast feeding device according to claim 4 , wherein the smell of the breast of the woman is naturally secreted.
  6. The breast feeding device according to claim 4 or 5 , wherein the breast odor of the woman is that of a lactating woman.
  7. 6. The breast feeding device according to claim 4 , wherein the breast odor of the female is that of the biological mother of the infant.
  8. The breast feeding device according to any one of claims 4 to 7 , wherein the odor carrier is disposed in the vicinity of the nutrient dispenser.
  9. The breast feeding device according to any one of claims 4 to 8 , wherein the nutrient dispenser includes a nipple, and the odor carrier is configured to cooperate with the nipple.
  10. 5. The breast feeding device according to claim 4 , further comprising means for selectively closing at least one diffusion opening.
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