They say necessity is the mother of invention, so a Brooklyn mom-to-be invented a breastfeeding simulator after finding out she would not be able to breastfeed her own future child.
Kimberly Meikle was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 at the age of 27.
When she underwent a double mastectomy, she was heartbroken she would never get to breastfeed her future child.
“If I could just find 20 families that feel fulfilled through this invention, I feel like I’ve done my job,” says Meikle, inventor of “Our Bonding Buddy.”
Now she is a survivor and an expectant mother. With her little one due in about two weeks, she found a solution.
“It works all by gravity. It has a tube, the clamp and then the nipple portion here that allows the milk to flow to the tip just like a regular bottle,” says Meikle.
Two years ago, she invented Our Bonding Buddy, a breastfeeding simulator to help survivors like her and other parents.
“LGBTQ communities, someone who is going through diabetes, HIV, moms who want to transition from breast to bottle, dads sometimes because they do get jealous,” says Meikle.
Meikle is looking for an investment of $25,000 so she can start the manufacturing process. She wants to create 500 devices and retail them for $39.99. First online before branching out to large stores like Target and Walmart.
Though her journey hasn’t been easy, she’s found a way to make the most of it.
“It’s an unfortunate thing to have breast cancer, but I would not change a thing of what I’ve been through,” says Meikle.