When it comes to having babies, it’s the woman who has to do all the hard work.
She’s got to grow a human inside her for nine months, push the infant out of her body and then make milk to nourish the little one.
All while her partner watches.
But soon there may be a new way for the man to get more involved in the process and it’s all down to a kit created by a university student from London.
Marie-Claire Springham, a product design student at Central Saint Martin’s, is in the process of making a ‘chestfeeding kit’.
The idea behind the product is for dads to be able to help mums who are struggling to breastfeed their newborns.
Still in the conception stage, the kit is yet to be tested, but contains a cocktail of hormones that the man would take while his partner is pregnant, in order to “grow milk ducts”.
The main hormone is progestin, a form of the female sex hormone progesterone, which helps to stimulate production of milk-producing glands.
This would be followed by a round of domperidone which is often given to mums who are experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding as it encourages the production of prolactin, a hormone which tells the woman’s body to produce milk.
However there is one major possible side effect to taking the female hormones.
Which is that the man could grow ‘moobs’ or man boobs, up to a b cup until they stop taking the hormones.
As well as the different hormones, the chestfeeding kit also contains a pump and a compression vest, which is very similar to a maternity bra.
She went on to explain how she developed the pump to assist the ‘let down reflex’ and added that she believes it will take a full nine months for a man to prepare his breast tissue for breastfeeding.
Her design for the kit recently won an award at the Meaning-Centred Design Awards.
However in order to make the product available for purchase, it would need to be rigorously tested as it is not known how much milk a man could produce, or if it would even be nutritious for the baby.