These accurate breastfeeding scales used in research are not available to hire anywhere else in Australia. They are a precision high quality instrument bought to ensure breastfeeding families get the best possible equipment along with evidence based information to deal with a range of breastfeeding problems.
Note: these scales should be used in conjunction with the guidance of an experienced lactation consultant or care provider to ensure you receive the best breastfeeding information and results.
The scales are useful to help assess, manage, monitor, reassure or treat the following difficulties:
Late preterm babies
Mothers with early or delayed breastfeeding problems
Babies with slow weight gain
Mothers with milk supply problems(3)
Using a nipple shield while breastfeeding
Assessing babies with possible tongue tie(4)
Reviewing feeding post tongue tie snipping
Mothers lacking breastfeeding confidence(5, 6)
Research has shown that mothers and lactation consultants cannot accurately estimate milk intake by observation (1). The Japanese Tanita neonate baby scale is the most accurate, sensitive digital baby scale available(6).
It weighs accurately to 2 grams.
It provides accurate measurement of the baby’s weight just before and just after breastfeeding. The difference between these two weights equals breastmilk intake in grams.
- High performance and accurate
- The only scale suitable for measuring breastfeed transfer volumes
- Locks, memorises and calculates weights
- Light weight
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean
- For home, hospital and clinic use
- Mains or battery powered
$50/week, $180/month full calendar month e.g. 4th January- 4th February
A $200 deposit is required when hiring the scales. This is refunded once the scales have been returned in a clean, undamaged and working condition.
$25 delivery within Perth metropolitan area, street addresses only. Hire scales are sent by courier and a signature is required for delivery. Please contact us for a delivery quote to other areas.
You are welcome to pick up scales from us. Please contact us to place your order over the phone and arrange a pick-up time.
Hire scales are due to be returned to us on the last day of the hire period. We will contact you by email towards the end of the hire period to arrange a drop-off time.
Scale hire invoice will be emailed for bank transfer payment before pick up or delivery of the scale.
- Meier P, Engstrom J, Crichton C, Clark D, Williams M, Mangurten H. A new scale for in-home test-weighing for mothers of preterm and high risk infants. J Hum Lact. 1994 september;10(3):163-8.
- Hurst NM, Meier PP, Engstrom JL, Myatt A. Mothers performing in-home measurement of milk intake during breastfeeding of their preterm infants: maternal reactions and feeding outcomes. J Hum Lact. 2004 May;20(2):178-87. PubMed PMID: 15117517. Epub 2004/05/01. eng.
- Garbin CP, Deacon JP, Rowan MK, Hartmann PE, Geddes DT. Association of Nipple Piercing With Abnormal Milk Production and Breastfeeding. JAMA. 2009 June 24, 2009;301(24):2550-1.
- Garbin CP, Sakalidis VS, Chadwick LM, Whan E, Hartmann PE, Geddes DT. Evidence of improved milk intake after frenotomy: a case report. Pediatrics. 2013 Nov;132(5):e1413-7. PubMed PMID: 24101770.
- Kent J, Langton D, Hepworth A, Hartmann P. Breastmilk Production: perception & measurement. Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA); 30 November – 2 December; Perth Convention Centre2010.
- Impact of Measuring Milk Production by Test Weighing on Breastfeeding Confidence in Mothers of Term Infants
- Meier PP, Engstrom JL, Fleming BA, Streeter PL, Lawrence PB. Estimating milk intake of hospitalized preterm infants who breastfeed. J Hum Lact. 1996 Mar;12(1):21-6. PubMed PMID: 8715234. Epub 1996/03/01. eng.