healthcare professionals

a message from our chief medical offier

We, as providers, see some infants navigate the differences between conventional bottle feeding and breastfeeding without any difficulty, but others struggle.

We see choking, flooding of milk in the mouth and uncoordinated swallowing from some infants when they attempt to bottle feed. On the opposite side of the spectrum, we see some babies come to prefer the free-flowing, easy-to-feed from bottles so much that they struggle to go back to the breast. Both of these phenomena are forms of nipple confusion.

Nipple confusion and even the possibility of nipple confusion can be excessively stressful for parents and caregivers of infants. Whether it is the broken-hearted mother whose infant refuses to nurse again after bottle introduction or the captive nursing mother whose infant will not take a bottle, we have all seen these cases.

Where does nipple confusion originate?
The research around infant feeding is vast and at times contradictory. The main themes cited in scientific research as sources of feeding difficulties are artificial nipple properties, infant oral mechanics, infant suck-swallow-breathe patterns, and maternal-infant interactions. Read more below.

We tested our bottle with the most challenging of babies: bottle refusers.

We conducted several field studies prior to launch, enrolling hundreds of infants ranging from 0 to 12 months.

Watch their parents tell of their experience with the mōmi bottle.

the mōmi nipple was developed by experts in the fields of pediatrics, biomechanical engineering and materials science, working to mimic nature’s gold standard: nursing.

the mōmi nipple stands apart in its softness and patented compression shutoff.

research and development

artificial nipple properties & infant oral mechanics

Most conventional bottle nipples are not designed to mimic natural nursing. They are typically made from silicone material nearly as hard as tire rubber, are hollow and have minimal stretch. Lacking softness, stretchiness and response to compression, the inherent property differences in the nipple material require that infants learn different feeding mechanics for bottle feeding.

the mōmi nipple is designed to mimic natural tissue mechanics. its first-of-its-kind blend of gummy-soft silicones creates a soft, solid nipple with a central milk duct. the mōmi nipple responds to both vacuum suction and compression shutoff, replicating natural nursing.

Natural feeding regulation and infant suck-swallow-breathe patterns

Traditional bottle feeding shifts control of volume, timing, and pace of feeding from the infant to the caregiver. This is not how nature intended and does not follow the natural rhythm of feeding. Without the ability to self-regulate, infants become passive participants in bottle feedings12. Allowing baby to self-regulate is critical to maintaining the natural rhythm of feeding, and helps prevent over-feeding, spit-up, and other negative effects.