Lacteal Extractors (e.g., Breast Pump, Etc.) Patents (Class 604/74)
  • Patent number: 10773001
    Abstract: A directed media separation system includes components for directing a consistent collapse of a media separation device in response to a varying pressure from a pressure source. The media separation device can be removably connected to a directing element. The directing element can have a directing geometry that affects the collapse of the media separation device. The media separation device can have a preset geometry that collapses in a predictable and repeatable manner from the applied pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Raymond Holtz, David Y. Cho, Kathryn Mizuchi
  • Patent number: 10744243
    Abstract: A breast pump for pumping human breast milk has a flexible pumping membrane and a stiff cap, which can be fitted onto said pumping membrane, this resulting in the formation of a pumping chamber for generating a negative pressure. The cap can be, or is, connected to a breast-shield unit via a suction line. The pumping membrane has an encircling collar with a step and a laterally projecting protrusion. The cap has, on its inner side, an encircling abutment region and also at least one form-fitting element, which is spaced apart from the encircling abutment region and establishes a form fit with the protrusion of the pumping membrane. The cap is positioned with a snap fit on the pumping membrane. In the abutment region (53), it establishes a joint frictional fit with a step of the pumping membrane and thus forms a seal. The snap-fit positioning of the cap on the pumping membrane is sufficient for the cap to be retained with sealing action on the pumping membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Mario Rigert, René Fischer
  • Patent number: 10729830
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a breast shield arrangement (1) for a breast pump (2) comprising: a breast shield (3) for receiving a user's breast therein, and a sensor (4) for transmitting an input signal into the breast and receiving a corresponding reception signal in response, said reception signal indicating changes in milk flow in the breast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jozef Hubertus Gelissen, Lili-Marjan Brockhuis
  • Patent number: 10722624
    Abstract: Systems and methods for pumping milk from a breast, wherein the milk is expressed from the breast under suction and milk is expulsed from the pumping mechanism to a collection container under positive pressure. In one approach, the breast pump assembly includes a breast adapter and a receptacle configured to cup the breast adapter, and the breast adapter is removable from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ExploraMed NC7, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, John Y. Chang, Brendan M. Donohoe, Sharon Lam Wang, Michele Torosis, Earl Bright, II
  • Patent number: 10716882
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for efficient expression of breast milk is provided. The device comprises a horn having a funnel for receiving a breast and a tube extending downwards from the funnel and removably connected to a first end of a main body. The main body has a stem extending downwards from a second end. The horn portion of the device can vary in size depending on the user need to accommodate varying sizes. A flexible cylindrical diaphragm and a valve is provided and are configured to engage and create a sealing between the lower portion of the main body and a container for receiving the breast milk. The use of the cylindrical diaphragm creates minor stress points along the surface of the diaphragm, thereby making it difficult to tear or damage during repeated operation and cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: AMEDA, INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy Patrick Evans, Terry Chung, Yordan Dimitrov Pargov, David Shao Ling, Joshua Stoia, Rodrigo Labrador Gonzales, Oliver James Harris, Manshi Kiritkumar Naik, Nathan Meng, Kwang Suk Kim
  • Patent number: 10682447
    Abstract: A container for collecting, storing and dispensing fluid, as in enteral feeding and/or medication deliver to neonatal infants. The container includes a hollow tube with a body, a first end, a second end, and an outer diameter. The hollow tube is configured to receive a movable plunger that advances and retracts therein to define a variable contained volume. The container also includes a sealing head assembly removably mounted at an end of the hollow tube. The sealing head assembly has a diameter or outside dimension that is substantially similar or identical to a corresponding outside diameter or dimension of the hollow tube, so that the container lies flat within the receiver of an enteral feeding pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: NeoMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron N. Ingram, Anthony C. Lair, Mark Martin Costello, Tony Doherty
  • Patent number: 10660995
    Abstract: Systems and methods for pumping milk from a breast, wherein the milk is expressed from the breast under suction and milk is expulsed from the pumping mechanism to a collection container under positive pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: ExploraMed NC7, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, John Y Chang, Brendan M Donohoe, Michael Landry, Michele Torosis
  • Patent number: 10632238
    Abstract: The breastfeeding device comprises a suction assembly that attaches to one of the mother's breasts, a pump assembly that provides suction to express milk from the mother's breast and collect it in a reservoir, a pacifier that allow a baby to feed on collected breast milk, and interconnecting flexible tubing. In some embodiments, the breastfeeding device may also comprise a breastfeeding garment which may allow the mother to use the suction assembly while wearing clothing and which may help to hold the suction assembly in place. A shutoff valve on the outlet of the pump assembly may allow the pacifier and associated tubing to be disconnected without loss of breast milk when the baby is not feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Christian Hodges, Bethany Hodges
  • Patent number: 10588540
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting abnormal masses such as breast cancer includes a measurement sensor configured to obtain a voltage at a first area of a first breast of a subject; a reference sensor configured to obtain a voltage at a second area of a second breast of the subject, a position of the first area corresponding to a position of the second area; and a detector, wherein the detector includes a differential amplifier configured to amplify a voltage input from the at least one of the measurement sensor and the reference sensor; an active low pass filter configured to pass a signal frequency of a low frequency band among signals transmitted from the differential amplifier; a driver amplifier configured to amplify a signal passed through the active low pass filter; and an analog-to-digital (AD) converter configured to convert the signal amplified by the driver amplifier into a digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Kyongho Lee
  • Patent number: 10568996
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a breast pump (10) for extracting milk (30) from a human breast, comprising: a first breast receiving funnel (16) for receiving a first breast (28) of a user; a vacuum pump (20) for generating an underpressure within the first breast receiving funnel (16); and a control unit (22) for controlling the vacuum pump (20); wherein the control unit (22) is configured to operate the vacuum pump (20) in at least two different modes, an attachment mode (48) and a milk extraction mode (50); wherein in the attachment mode (48) the control unit (22) is configured to control the vacuum pump (20) to generate a constant underpressure within the first breast receiving funnel (16) allowing the user to attach the first breast receiving funnel (16) to the first breast (28); and wherein in the milk extraction mode (50) the control unit (22) is configured to control the vacuum pump (20) to generate a time-variable underpressure profile within the first breast receiving funnel (16) for extracting
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Arnold Aalders, Marloes Josephia Maria De Wit
  • Patent number: 10493188
    Abstract: The present invention provides a breastshield for use in a breastpumping system for expressing milk, the breastshield being of such a construction that substantially limits the amount of air between the breast/nipple and the breastshield surrounding the breast/nipple, and most preferably virtually eliminates any air at least in the area of the breast and nipple. In some embodiments, any air in the breastpumping system is substantially eliminated. With the amount of air limited, the mechanism used for generating the pressure difference in the breastshield (e.g., vacuum or negative pressure), such as a diaphragm pump, does not need to do as much work. Less energy is required for the expression of milk, and thus the size of pump used can be decreased, thereby reducing the overall cost of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Brian H. Silver, Samuel B. Levey, Carr Lane Quackenbush, Beda Weber, Etienne Furrer, Daniela Wackerlin
  • Patent number: 10493187
    Abstract: The present invention provides a breastshield for use in a breastpumping system for expressing milk, the breastshield being of such a construction that substantially limits the amount of air between the breast/nipple and the breastshield surrounding the breast/nipple, and most preferably virtually eliminates any air at least in the area of the breast and nipple. In some embodiments, any air in the breastpumping system is substantially eliminated. With the amount of air limited, the mechanism used for generating the pressure difference in the breastshield (e.g., vacuum or negative pressure), such as a diaphragm pump, does not need to do as much work. Less energy is required for the expression of milk, and thus the size of pump used can be decreased, thereby reducing the overall cost of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Brian H. Silver, Sam Levey, Carr Lane Quackenbush, Beda Weber, Etienne Furrer, Daniela Wackerlin
  • Patent number: 10485908
    Abstract: Improved devices and methods for the expression of milk from a breast are disclosed herein. A device for expressing breast milk may comprise a breast interface including a flange configured to engage a breast and fluidly seal thereagainst, and an actuatable assembly operably coupled to the breast interface and configured to apply vacuum pressure at the breast interface. The breast interface may be configured to apply anterior compression to an anterior portion of the breast when the actuatable assembly is actuated. The flange may be configured to apply posterior compression to a posterior portion of the breast when the actuatable assembly is actuated. The posterior compression can help improve the efficiency of milk expression by reducing the retrograde flow of milk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: ExploraMed NC7, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery B. Alvarez, Polina A. Segalova
  • Patent number: 10434230
    Abstract: An adapter for a breast shield of a breast pump for pumping human breast milk has a chamber having a first opening leading to the breast shield and a second opening remote from the breast shield. The adapter also has a flexible media separation diaphragm, which is accommodated in the chamber and separates the chamber into a pump-side and a breast-shield-side area. The chamber tapers toward the breast-shield-side opening. The chamber has the shape of a spherical dome which is cut off in the tapering area thereof. The media separation diaphragm likewise has substantially the shape of a flattened spherical dome having a flat top side, wherein the flat top side of the media separation diaphragm faces the breast-shield-side opening of the chamber. The adapter permits a minimum pressure drop over the media separation diaphragm and ensures a reliable return to the original shape of the media separation diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Mario Rigert, Bernhard Emmenegger
  • Patent number: 10426877
    Abstract: A breast milk expression apparatus for manipulating a breast of a user includes an outer shell, and a plurality of circumferentially spaced inner pads coupled to the outer shell. The pads are configured to engage the breast of the user and configured for radial displacement. The breast milk expression apparatus further includes a compression unit coupled to the plurality of pads. The compression unit is configured to cyclically displace the pads radially inwardly against the breast to cause compression of the breast and, following compression of the breast, to permit displacement of the pads radially outwardly from the breast as the breast decompresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: IMALAC, INC.
    Inventors: Noreen Gordon Sablotsky, Rachael Sablotsky Kish, Kathryn Garriott Sablotsky, Scott R. Arp, William Thomas Bales, Paul John Grata, Victor M. Gamez, Damian H. Tomlin
  • Patent number: 10369018
    Abstract: A prosthetic foot including a foot member and a heel member attached to a bottom surface of the foot member. A pump mechanism is located above the foot member and includes a housing and an elastomeric member at least in part defining a fluid chamber. The elastomeric member is operatively connected to the foot member such that when no weight is placed on the prosthetic foot the volume of the fluid chamber is zero or near-zero and upon heel strike the housing rotates relative to the foot member to expand the volume of the fluid chamber and draw fluid into the fluid chamber from a prosthetic socket in fluid communication with the pump mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Olafur Freyr Halldorsson, David Sandahl, Bjarni Gunnarsson, Egill Sveinbjorn Egilsson
  • Patent number: 10363380
    Abstract: A surgical device that provides a suction force against a patient's body. The device includes a handle and a suction head pivotally attached to the handle. The suction head includes an open-ended suction chamber having a rim positioned to engage the patient's skin. An actuator on the handle operates a pump to draw a negative pressure in the suction chamber, causing the rim to seal against the patient's skin via the suction force. Once the suction force is initiated, the user may lift the handle away from the patient's body to lift tissue. The lifted tissue provides a site for insertion of a trocar or Veress needle for a laparoscopic procedure in some embodiments. A gimbal disposed between the handle and the suction head provides at least two degrees of freedom such that the handle can be rotated and pivoted to optimize the direction of applied lifting force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Lapovations, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Taylor, Jared Greer, Abby Terluow, Kinan Alhallak, Christopher Oldfield, Mason Harper, Patrick O'Brien, Jill Goodrich, Terry Oquin, Byron Smith
  • Patent number: 10335525
    Abstract: A breastshield unit for use in a device for expressing human breastmilk employing underpressure with a breastshield body and a media separation device which separates expressed milk from an underpressure source arranged in the breastshield body, the media separation device having a through-channel which connects first and second openings of the breastshield body. The through-channel has a through-opening, which is enlargeable when subjected to an underpressure from outside. The through-opening is formed by walls which, when subjected to an underpressure from outside, are movable away from each other, largely without stretching, in order to enlarge the through-opening. The breastshield unit permits media separation with minimal dead volume, and with optimized comfort for the mother.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Armin Felber, Etienne Furrer
  • Patent number: 10286130
    Abstract: A pump apparatus and method for extracting breast milk is disclosed. The pump includes a first interface component to stimulate a Milk Ejection Reflex (MER) and a second interface component to extract breast milk. Milk is extracted through an improved method that more closely replicates the suckling of an infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Carr Lane Quackenbush
  • Patent number: 10279091
    Abstract: A progressive sequencing lactating breast milk extraction apparatus comprising a series of compression segments arranged forming a conical shape extending between a wider chest end and a narrower extracted milk collection end, at least one vibration generating apparatus in vibrational communication with at least one compression segment of the series of compression segments; and an operational mechanism to contract and expand each compression segment. In use, the operational mechanism cycles each compression segment of the series of compression segments between a compressed state and a relaxed state and the cycles are provided sequentially from a rear of the progressive sequencing lactating breast milk extraction apparatus to the extracted milk collection end. The vibrational energy applied to the breast aids in flow of the milk through the breast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Jennifer Jones
  • Patent number: 10258723
    Abstract: A breast milk collection device includes a reservoir volume and an adaptor having one end to receive a woman's breast. The adaptor has a drip tube communicating with the reservoir. A source of cyclical application and relief of vacuum force is applied to the woman's breast located in the adaptor for the expression of breast milk. A one-way assembly permits breast milk to enter the reservoir and to submerge the valve element. The valve assembly includes a flexible barrier having an interior hollow chamber in fluid communication with said cyclical source of vacuum force and relief pressure, the flexible barrier fluidly isolating the source from the reservoir. The flexible barrier inflatably expands when relief pressure is applied to the interior of the flexible barrier, the flexible barrier becoming deflated when a vacuum force is applied to the hollow interior of the flexible barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dao Health
    Inventors: Dan Garbez, Stella Dao, Dave Paul, Ben Sutton
  • Patent number: 10226557
    Abstract: The disclosure provides embodiments for collecting breast milk (such as colostrum). Collection devices for collecting the breast milk include a breast shield having a first open end, a second open end, and a breast covering material positioned between the first open end and the second open end, wherein an interior surface of the breast shield is configured to abut a portion of a breast inserted through the first open end, wherein the second open end is configured to surround a nipple of the breast, and wherein a diameter of the second open end is less than a diameter of the first open end. The devices further include a collection tube having an open end and a closed end, wherein the open end of the collection tube is configured to connect with the second open end of the breast shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Bond and Love, LLC
    Inventor: Kristin Dann
  • Patent number: 10220127
    Abstract: A breast interface (70) for a breast pump (1) includes a liner support frame (200) and a liner (100). The liner support frame defines an interior liner support frame space (202) configured to receive at least part of the liner (100). The liner support frame comprises a front ring (204) and a split rear ring (206) including at least two complementary circumferential rear ring portions (206a, 206b) that are rearrangeable relative to each other to facilitate passage of a flanged rear end of the liner (100). The liner (100) comprises a rear section (170) including a tubular wall part configured to be fittingly enclosed by the rear ring (206) and provided with a first annular flange (172) with an outer diameter that is greater than an inner diameter of the rear ring (206) of the liner support frame (200), and that, in an assembled condition of the breast interface, abuts the rear ring (206) on end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Andrew John Roy Tattersfield, Christopher John Padbury, Rachel Estelle Thilwind
  • Patent number: 10149929
    Abstract: A breastshield unit for use with a breastpump for expressing human breastmilk has a breastshield for receiving a mother's breast and a media separation device for transferring a vacuum into the interior of the breastshield. The breastshield has a receiving area for receiving a nipple of the mother's breast. The media separation device has a media separation membrane which, for the purpose of transferring the vacuum, is movable to and fro between two positions. The media separation membrane is located in the receiving area at least in one of the two positions. Despite the integrated media separation, the breastshield unit can be made extremely compact and minimizes the dead volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Etienne Furrer, Mario Rigert, André Schlienger
  • Patent number: 10052440
    Abstract: A surgical device that provides a suction force against a patient's body. The device includes a handle and a suction head pivotally attached to the handle. The suction head includes an open-ended suction chamber having a rim positioned to engage the patient's skin. An actuator on the handle operates a pump to draw a negative pressure in the suction chamber, causing the rim to seal against the patient's skin via the suction force. Once the suction force is initiated, the user may lift the handle away from the patient's body to lift tissue. The lifted tissue provides a site for insertion of a trocar or Veress needle for a laparoscopic procedure in some embodiments. A gimbal disposed between the handle and the suction head provides at least two degrees of freedom such that the handle can be rotated and pivoted to optimize the direction of applied lifting force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Lapovations, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Taylor, Terry Oquin, Jared Greer, Abby Terluow, Kinan Alhallak, Christopher Oldfield, Mason Harper, Patrick O'Brien, Jill Goodrich, Byron Smith
  • Patent number: 10052417
    Abstract: A manual breastpump has a pump mechanism for use in one mode of operation to produce an ejection (letdown) reflex in a nursing mother and in a separate mode of operation for the general expression of breastmilk. The breastpump further provides a pump mechanism having an expansible chamber device carried by the handle, which is operated by moving the handle relative to a handle mount. A double-pivot for the handle yields letdown mode as well as the general pumping mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventor: Brian H. Silver
  • Patent number: 10016547
    Abstract: A breast pump system includes a duckbill-style check valve that intermittently releases breast milk from a charging chamber to a storage chamber. Various examples of rotational interlocks ensure that the valve is properly installed to avoid interference between the valve's discharge end and the inner surface of an outer shell that contains the valve. In some examples, the outer shell includes a concavity or other feature configured to accommodate multiple rotational positions of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Ashia M. Pollen, Robert J. Harter
  • Patent number: 9956331
    Abstract: A device for expressing human breast milk has a breast shield for bearing against a mother's breast, a vacuum pump for generating a vacuum, a line which connects the vacuum pump to the breast shield and is intended for transmitting the vacuum generated to the breast shield, and a chamber. The line ends on the pump side in a first port of the chamber. The chamber has a second port for connection to a milk collecting container. The two ports in the chamber are connected to each other in terms of fluid communication. During the expressing operation, the line forms a milk line for transporting breast milk expressed in the breast shield to the chamber and from the chamber to the milk collecting container. The pump can be designed to be quiet and small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Beda Weber, Etienne Furrer, André Schlienger, Brian H. Silver, Daniela Wäckerlin, Armin Felber
  • Patent number: 9919084
    Abstract: A breast pump system includes a vacuum break backflow preventer for preventing breast milk from accidentally backflowing into a suction tube leading to a vacuum pump. The backflow preventer is a vacuum passageway with two spaced apart suction openings. The two openings convey air to cyclically pressurize and depressurize a small milk charging chamber. If milk accidentally covers one of the openings, air at the other opening minimizes the pressure differential that might otherwise draw the milk deep into the suction tube and toward the vacuum pump. For ease of cleaning and sanitizing, the system avoids or minimizes the use of baffles, permanently enclosed passageways, moving parts, and tight inside corners. Some passageways can be split open for access during cleaning. To make the breast milk collection device less protruding under a brassier, the vacuum passageway curves around the side of a nipple receptacle rather than in front of it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Ashia M. Pollen, Robert J. Harter
  • Patent number: 9918702
    Abstract: A medical kit for analysis of vaginal biological samples includes a sample collector, an extractor, and an assay cartridge. The sample collector is compressible and insertable in a vaginal canal for collecting biological samples, and includes a cup-shaped head configured to cradle a cervical os. The extractor includes a sample receptacle configured to receive the sample collector via an open end. The extractor includes a compression mechanism with a compression element that is movable inwards into the open end of the sample receptacle to apply a compression force in response to activation of a release element. The extractor further includes a reservoir in fluid communication with the sample receptacle, the reservoir receiving the biological samples from the sample collector in response to the compression force being applied within the sample receptacle. The assay cartridge has a docking mechanism configured to fluidly communicate with the reservoir of the extractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: NextGen Jane, Inc.
    Inventors: Ridhi Tariyal, Stephen Gire
  • Patent number: 9744335
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for detecting tension on a tendon and/or mechanical deformation (e.g., breakage) of one or more steering tendon of a steerable and flexible articulating device. Theses apparatuses may have one or more tendons that are each electrically conductive and configured to steer the apparatus when tension is applied to the proximal end of the tendon. Tension and/or breakage (or other deformation) of one or more of these tendons may be detected by monitoring the electrical resistance of the tendons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Auris Surgical Robotics, Inc.
    Inventor: Allen Jiang
  • Patent number: 9731054
    Abstract: A breast pump including a container, a host unit disposed above and communicating with the container, an electric heating cup disposed at the front end of the host unit and communicating with the container, an electric heating element, and heat insulation. The electric heating cup includes an inner cover and an outer cover which are integrated. The electric heating element and the heat insulation are disposed between the inner cover and the outer cover. The heat insulation is disposed between the electric heating element and the outer cover. Positive and negative electrodes of the electric heating element are connected to conducting plates disposed in the inner side of the outer cover via connection wires. The conducting plates extend to the outer side of the outer cover and are in electric connection to contact chips disposed at the lower front end of the host unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: LACTANS HEALTHCARE INC.
    Inventor: Min Hu
  • Patent number: 9724454
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a manual breast pump which can be disassembled and assembled easily for cleaning purposes, and which can easily change a negative pressure during expression of milk which is generated by an operating section. [Means for Solving] It is provided an accommodating vessel 11 for storing breast milk, a breast pump main body 21, and a manual operating section 61 attached to the breast pump main body and deforming a negative pressure generating member 30 installed on the breast pump main body. The manual operating section 61 has a lever shape, and has an engagement structure 80 which engages with the engaging section 38 on the breast pump main body 21 side. The engagement structure 80 tilts down the extending section erected in the form of a pillar, the extending section being a part of the negative pressure generating member, and is selectively engaged with a plurality of engaging sections provided in the middle of the extending section upon erecting the extending section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: PIGEON Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9603982
    Abstract: The present invention provides a breastshield for use in a breastpumping system for expressing milk, the breastshield being of such a construction that substantially limits the amount of air between the breast/nipple and the breastshield surrounding the breast/nipple, and most preferably virtually eliminates any air at least in the area of the breast and nipple. In some embodiments, any air in the breastpumping system is substantially eliminated. With the amount of air limited, the mechanism used for generating the pressure difference in the breastshield (e.g., vacuum or negative pressure), such as a diaphragm pump, does not need to do as much work. Less energy is required for the expression of milk, and thus the size of pump used can be decreased, thereby reducing the overall cost of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Brian H. Silver, Sam Levey, Carr Lane Quackenbush, Beda Weber, Etienne Furrer, Daniela Wäckerlin
  • Patent number: 9539377
    Abstract: Systems and methods for pumping milk from a breast, wherein the milk is expressed from the breast under suction and milk is expulsed from the pumping mechanism to a collection container under positive pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: ExploraMed NC7, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, John Y Chang, Brendan M Donohoe, Sharon Lam Wang, Michele Torosis, Earl Bright, II
  • Patent number: 9539376
    Abstract: Systems and methods for pumping milk from a breast, wherein the milk is expressed from the breast under suction and milk is expulsed from the pumping mechanism to a collection container under positive pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: ExploraMed NC7, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, John Y. Chang, Brendan M. Donohoe, Sharon Lam Wang, Michele Torosis, Earl Bright, II
  • Patent number: 9526460
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for tissue-characterization, designed for effective sensor-to-tissue contact. The device includes an element, having a rigid surface of a linear cross-section, on which at least one sensor is arranged, and a mechanism for applying a force to a soft tissue, the line of force being at an acute angle with the rigid surface, for stretching or stretching and pushing the soft tissue against the rigid surface, thus achieving effective contact between the tissue and the at least one sensor. In consequence, the accuracy of the sensing is improved. In accordance with another embodiment, a plurality of sensors is employed, arranged along a curved element, for providing three-dimensional information regarding the tissue, for example, by small-scale computerized tomography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Dune Medical Devices Ltd.
    Inventors: Dan Hashimshony, Gil Cohen, Iddo Geltner
  • Patent number: 9498565
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are biologically inspired, either manual or electronic, portable fluid expression system to be used for, but not limited to, breast milk expression from nursing women and other milk expression from any species of mammal. The fluid expression systems can be configured to mimic the anatomy of a suckling infant and the biomechanics and fluid dynamics associated with this behavior. The fluid expression system can be used by nursing mothers to express breast milk efficiently, painlessly, and discreetly. The systems can include a single, contiguous flexible structure designed to resemble the lips and oropharyngeal cavity of a newborn infant of the mammalian species of interest. Rigid external housings or stiffening structures can be used to mimic the bony anatomy of the infant or mammalian species of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Mimeo Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Neema Nowroozi, Edward Jaebum Park
  • Patent number: 9486564
    Abstract: A shield for a breast pump is disclosed. It comprises a resilient, flexible insert configured to receive a user's breast, and an adjuster operable by a user to alter the shape of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Klaas Kooijker, Gertrude Riette Van Der Kamp
  • Patent number: 9408957
    Abstract: Embodiments of a breast pump shield are disclosed herein. According to various embodiments, the breast pump shield can include a body portion that has a breast engagement portion and a throat portion. The breast engagement portion can include a ring. The breast engagement portion can receive at least a portion of a breast of a user, and the throat portion can be configured to receive at least a portion of a nipple of the user and to receive milk from the breast. The breast pump shield also can include a suction chamber located adjacent to the throat portion, and a cover located at the ring of the body portion. The cover can include a support layer and a lubricant layer. The cover can provide at least part of a hermetic seal for the breast pump shield prior to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Sherri Levine
  • Patent number: 9379647
    Abstract: There is provided a motor driving control device including a state determining unit which determines whether a motor can perform a slow start operation based on a rotating state and a driving state of the motor, a control unit which generates command information corresponding to a speed at which the motor is to be rotated, based on a determination result of the state determining unit, and a motor driving unit which outputs a driving signal corresponding to the command information generated by the control unit to the motor so as to drive the motor. When it is determined that the motor can perform the slow start operation, the control unit generates the command information such that the motor performs the slow start operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Minebea Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuhei Nishi
  • Patent number: 9375523
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method to control the flow rates and pattern of human milk secretion while using a breast pump. The apparatus comprises a breast pump having a linear source of vacuum and a communication port for communicating with an external source of information on milk flow rates and patterns of a breastfeeding baby, through an external control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: VASA APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES LTD
    Inventors: Yoav Sella, Yaakov Polgar
  • Patent number: 9333283
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a breast pump. The breast pump comprises a main body (21), a breast receiving funnel (23) extending from the main body (21), and a nipple receiving chamber (34) formed in the main body (21) to receive a user's nipple. The funnel (23) and the main body (21) are configured so that at least a portion of a user's nipple is received in the nipple receiving chamber (34) when a user's breast is disposed in the breast receiving funnel (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Graham Cook, Ian Philip Darnell, Mark Robert Gabriel Douglas
  • Patent number: 9265869
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a breast pump operable to generate a negative pressure comprising a funnel (24) for receiving a breast of a user. The breast pump (24) has an insert (50,70) receivable in the funnel (24) having a deformable region (59a-59e) which forms a chamber between the insert (50,70) and the funnel (24) when the insert (50,70) is received in the funnel (24). A passageway (37) connecting the chamber to the source of negative pressure is formed in the funnel (24) so that, during use, the deformable region (59a-59e) is deformed and/or deflected relative to the breast of a user in response to a negative pressure in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Ian Philip Darnell, Graham Trevor Cook
  • Patent number: 9248223
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an insert adapted to fit on a breast-receiving funnel of a breast pump. The insert comprises a circumferentially extending resiliently deformable wall which defines a teat receiving space and against which a user's teat is locatable, the insert being configured to define a pressure chamber between the resiliently deformable wall and a breast receiving funnel when the insert is fitted on a breast receiving funnel, wherein said wall is configured to deform towards a user's teat located in the teat receiving space in a predetermined manner when a pressure difference is applied between the teat receiving space and the pressure chamber such that a peristaltic action is applied to a user's teat, to aid the expression of milk therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Gertrude Riette Van Der Kamp, Johannes Tseard Van Der Kooi, Klaas Kooijker
  • Patent number: 9216245
    Abstract: The invention provides a manual breast pump which can be disassembled and assembled easily for cleaning purposes, and which can readily modify a negative pressure during expression of milk generated by a lever-type operating section. A breast pump having an accommodating vessel for collecting breast milk, a breast pump main body, and an operating section attached to the breast pump main body and for deforming a negative pressure generating member installed on the breast pump main body, wherein the operating section has a lever form and includes an engagement opening as an engaged section for engaging with an engaging section provided on the breast pump main body, and the engagement opening is selectively engaged with engaging sections in a plurality of positions provided midway on an extending section erected in a pillar shape as one portion of the negative pressure generating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Pigeon Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamashita, Mitsuo Tashiro
  • Patent number: 9211366
    Abstract: A nursing bra for monitoring a child's milk intake during breast feeding procedures preferably includes a body adapted to be worn about a user breast, an electronic scale attached to the body for detecting a weight of the user breast, a monitor communicatively coupled to the electronic scale for receiving the weight of the user breast, a power source communicatively coupled to the scale and the monitor respectively. In this manner, the monitor displays a weight of the user breast before and after breast feeding procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Jacob Gutwein
  • Patent number: 9078962
    Abstract: The invention provides a breast pump capable of effectively preventing the occurrence of leaking of breast milk from a milk expressing section having an enlarged diameter during expression of milk, and also effectively preventing the loss of negative pressure due to leaking. A breast pump has an accommodating vessel for collecting breast milk; a breast pump main body which generates negative pressure for expressing milk; an enlarged-diameter milk expressing section having an enlarged diameter for abutting against a breast of a user; and a shock absorbing section, at least a portion of which abuts against a breast of a user by being formed in a substantially circular trumpet shape following an opening section of the enlarged-diameter milk expressing section, wherein the shock absorbing section includes an abutting section which abuts against an areola of the user and a tight contact section which makes tight contact with the user's breast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Pigeon Corporation
    Inventors: Naoko Hirata, Satoru Saito, Daisuke Yamashita, Mitsuo Tashiro
  • Patent number: 9059383
    Abstract: A hand held breast pump comprises a powered head (1), a body (7) including a diaphragm pump, a breast engaging portion (23) and a bottle coupling (24). The powered head (1) may be exchangeable for a manual head (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Mark John Wortley, Roger Leonard Williams, Edward Atkin
  • Patent number: RE47111
    Abstract: A breastshield is constructed of a low Durometer material. The breastshield includes a nipple tunnel that generally accommodates the shape of a nipple and an aperture that conveys fluids through the breastshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventor: Brian H. Silver