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United States Patent Application 20170340126
Kind Code A1
Carline; Bluzette M. November 30, 2017

Breast Support Pillow

Abstract

A pillow for inserting between breasts is provided which includes at least one rounded top portion, at least one concave middle portion, and a rounded bottom portion. The rounded top portion and said rounded bottom portion of the pillow are each wider than the concave middle portion. Additionally, the rounded top portion, rounded bottom portion and concave middle portion are made of an outer fabric material stuffed with one or more stuffing material to provide a firm but not rigid pillow. The inventive pillow provides for a washable, supportive, anatomically correct, shape contouring, aesthetically pleasing, anti-wrinkle bra sleeping pillow which provides adequate comfort and support for the user. The unique shape and as well as breathable fabric is intended to fit snugly in between and support the breasts while laying on side.


Inventors: Carline; Bluzette M.; (Jacksonville, FL)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

Carline; Bluzette M.

Jacksonville

FL

US
Family ID: 1000002665469
Appl. No.: 15/609895
Filed: May 31, 2017


Related U.S. Patent Documents

Application NumberFiling DatePatent Number
62343324May 31, 2016

Current U.S. Class: 1/1
Current CPC Class: A47C 20/02 20130101; A47G 2009/1018 20130101; A47G 9/10 20130101
International Class: A47C 20/02 20060101 A47C020/02; A47G 9/10 20060101 A47G009/10

Claims



1. A pillow for inserting between breasts, the pillow comprising: at least one rounded top portion; at least one concave middle portion; and a rounded bottom portion; wherein said rounded top portion and said rounded bottom portion are wider than said concave middle portion; wherein said rounded top portion, rounded bottom portion and concave middle portion are made of an outer fabric material stuffed with one or more stuffing material to provide a firm but not rigid pillow, and wherein said rounded top portion and said rounded bottom portion are shaped for holding said pillow in place relative to said breasts.

2. The pillow of claim 2 wherein said stuffing material is polyfil, pellets, microbeads, beanbag filler, foam, kapok, feathers, down, polyester, latex, acrylic, wool, cotton, horsehair, natural shredded rubber, buckwheat, millet, flax seed, lavender, water, or combinations thereof.

3. A pillow for inserting between human breasts, the pillow comprising: a first end of one width; a second end having a second width; and an intermediate extent therebetween having a smaller width than both the first end and the second end; and wherein said first end and said second end are shaped for holding said pillow in place relative to said breasts.

4. The pillow of claim 4 wherein said pillow is made of an outer fabric material stuffed with one or more stuffing material to provide a firm but not rigid pillow.

5. The pillow of claim 4 wherein said first end width and said second end width are of different widths.

6. The pillow of claim 6 wherein said first end width is less than the second end width.

7. The pillow of claim 5 wherein said stuffing material is polyfil, pellets, microbeads, beanbag filler, foam, kapok, feathers, down, polyester, latex, acrylic, wool, cotton, horsehair, natural shredded rubber, buckwheat, millet, flax seed, lavender, water, or combinations thereof.
Description



CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[0001] This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 62/343,324, having a filing date of May 31, 2016, the disclosure of which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety and all commonly owned.

FIELD OF INVENTION

[0002] The present invention relates to pillows used for the support of breasts. More particularly, the present invention relates to a device for placing between breasts to prevent wrinkles through providing support and conforming to the shape of the breasts while fitting comfortably against the chest plate. The present invention further relates to a device that supports the breast and prevents chest skin wrinkles from forming between the breasts by providing a sturdy, contoured device that separates the breasts and prevents wrinkles for certain activities which may stress or stretch the breast skin, for example, sleep.

BACKGROUND

[0003] Breast support is a common need among women whether in their everyday activity, or during sleep. In particular, women who side sleep have increased discomfort as a result of the lack of support of the top breast, as discussed later. Thus there remains an unmet need for adequate breast support for females.

[0004] In addition, humans have been trying to solve the issue of skin wrinkles as a result of aging and stress for several years. While skin wrinkling as a result of age and stress affect both men and women, women have led the battle in the effort of wrinkle prevention and wrinkle removal. Some solutions include night creams, Botox, and plastic surgery. While the use of these wrinkle prevention and removal techniques have been widely accepted, they are often costly or require a regular trip to a practitioner. One increased source of skin stress which accelerates aging and wrinkling in the chest area is caused by sleeping.

[0005] Side sleeping, in particular, increases a women's breasts to a gravity for a prolonged period of time. For instance, when a woman is sleeping on her side the "lower" breast may receive support by the mattress, however the "upper" breast freely falls towards the lower breast. Depending on the size of the woman's breast this position may cause increased discomfort because of the lack of support. Additionally, this increased stress of the breast skin may result in a stretched skin and/or cause increase or make more visible wrinkles. With larger breasts, additional stresses cause such discomfort and wrinkles.

[0006] One conventional solution that women side sleepers have employed is to position a full size pillow underneath or between their breasts to relieve the gravity induced stress on their breasts. Other solutions include devices which require the use of bra-like straps to hold a piece of cloth or thin padding in place, however these attempted solutions do not provide support and often place unneeded stress on the sternum and cut-lines into the breast. In addition, most women find it highly uncomfortable to sleep with bra straps.

[0007] Other solutions replace the bra straps in exchange for tight and/or restrictive clothing which again causes discomfort and doesn't solve the problem of cut lines and breast support for larger breasts. For example, one class of devices offer a rigid cylinder to be placed between the breasts. This class of attempted solutions is made of a hard, uncomfortable material, subjecting the user to a constant pressure against the sternum, which can result in a sore painful feeling while wearing the device and for a time period after removal. Addition of fabric to the exterior of the rigid cylinders do not relieve the user of these problems. In addition, the cylinders are not shaped or contoured to support the breasts.

[0008] Thus there remains an unmet need for a washable, supportive, anatomically correct, shape contouring, aesthetically pleasing, anti-wrinkle bra sleeping pillow which provides adequate comfort and support for the user. No breast support pillow exists to solve these unmet needs.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

[0009] A pillow for inserting between breasts is provided which includes at least one rounded top portion, at least one concave middle portion, and a rounded bottom portion. The rounded top portion and said rounded bottom portion of the pillow are each wider than the concave middle portion. Additionally, the rounded top portion, rounded bottom portion and concave middle portion are made of an outer fabric material stuffed with one or more stuffing material to provide a firm but not rigid pillow. The inventive pillow provides for a washable, supportive, anatomically correct, shape contouring, aesthetically pleasing, anti-wrinkle bra sleeping pillow which provides adequate comfort and support for the user. The unique shape and as well as breathable fabric is intended to fit snugly in between and support the breasts while laying on side.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0010] For the present invention to be clearly understood and readily practiced, the present invention will be described in conjunction with the following figures, wherein like reference characters designate the same or similar elements, which figures are incorporated into and constitute a part of the specification, wherein:

[0011] FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of the inventive 10 breast support sleeping device illustrating a 100 rounded top, a 200 concave middle portion, and a 300 rounded bottom portion.

[0012] FIG. 2 is a side perspective view of 10 breast support sleeping device showing the orientation of the 200 concave middle portion in relation to the 100 rounded top and 300 rounded bottom portions. FIG. 2 illustrates the curvature of the 10 breast support sleeping device.

[0013] FIG. 3 is a top view of the inventive 10 breast support sleeping device illustrating the differences in width between the 100 rounded top portion and the 300 rounded bottom portion.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0014] The following detailed description is merely exemplary in nature and is in no way intended to limit the scope of the invention, its application, or uses, which may vary. The invention is described with relation to the non-limiting definitions and terminology included herein. These definitions and terminology are not designed to function as a limitation on the scope or practice of the invention, but are presented for illustrative and descriptive purposes only.

[0015] It is to be understood that in instances where a range of values are provided that the range is intended to encompass not only the end point values of the range but also intermediate values of the range as explicitly being included within the range and varying by the last significant figure of the range. By way of example, a recited range of from 1 to 4 is intended to include 1-2, 1-3, 2-4, 3-4, and 1-4.

Generally

[0016] The present invention contains the features of an inventive breast support device that is machine washable, supports the breasts, prevent wrinkles from forming in the chest cleavage area, is soft enough to prevent pressure on the sternum yet sturdy enough to provide support, is aesthetically pleasing, has no rough shaped corners that can result in bruising, only rounded corners, and can be worn without straps, bras, or any clothing at all. The inventive breast support pillow includes a rounded upper portion, a concave like inner portion, and a rounded lower portion. Alternatively the inventive breast pillow includes a first end of one width, a second end having a second width, and an intermediate extent therebetween having a width less than the first end width and the second end width.

[0017] While it is intended that the inventive breast support device be light weight in order to avoid unnecessary discomfort or weight pulling on the skin, yet sturdy enough to support the breasts, the inventive breast support device can be made of many materials. Without limiting the invention to any particular material, it is appreciated that many materials are known in the art which may be lightweight or rigid in order to accomplish the purpose of the intention. In at least one embodiment the inventive breast support device is made of microsuede, plastic, rubber, foam, nylon, cotton, or combinations thereof.

Rounded Top/Rounded Bottom

[0018] The rounded top and bottom serve the function of supporting the breasts by being contoured to the breasts shape. An additional benefit is that the shape prevents tugging or binding of the ski, providing a comfort and support of the breasts, especially for side-sleepers, while additionally lessening the chance of wrinkles in the cleavage area. FIG. 1, FIG. 2 and FIG. 3 illustrate at least one embodiment of the inventive 10 breast support device showing the 100 rounded top and 300 rounded bottom when not in use.

[0019] The rounded top is also a first end of the inventive pillow having a first width, while the rounded bottom is also a second of the inventive pillow having a second width. It is appreciated that the inventive pillow has a radial width which may be radially circular or radially oval in shape. The widths of the rounded portions may differ on each plane. By way of example, and not being intended to limit the invention, the width on the x-plane (front view) of the inventive pillow may be less than, equal to, or greater than the width on the y-plane (side view). These differing widths may be for each rounded top portion (the first end), the rounded bottom portion (the second end), or the concave middle portion (intermediate extent therebetween).

[0020] It is appreciated that the rounded top, or first end, is bulbous in shape. Without being bound to any particular theory the bulbous shape assists in both keeping the inventive pillow in place by contouring with a breast shape thus increasing the surface area of the pillow in contact with the breast to assist in holding the pillow in place without the use of straps or other devices. In at least one embodiment, the rounded top has at least a 6 inch width in the x-plane (front view). In at least one embodiment, the rounded bottom has at least a 7.5 inch in width along the x-plane (front view). It is appreciated that the rounded top and rounded bottom prevents wrinkling and may sit flat against the sternum.

Concave Middle Portion

[0021] The concave middle portion provides a curved area to conform with the natural female body configuration. The breast can lay comfortably against the concave middle portion. The concave middle portion is shaped to fit snuggly against the body in between the breasts to provide support, and to minimize stretching and sagging. The concave portion also assists in accommodating many cup sizes. The 200 concave middle portion is illustrated in FIG. 1 and FIG. 2. The concave middle portion width is less than that of the rounded top and/or rounded bottom portions. In at least one embodiment the concave middle portion 4.25 inches in width along the x-plane (front view).

Pillow Materials

[0022] Many suitable pillow materials are known in the art, and nothing herein shall limit the types of materials used. While it is intended for the inventive pillow to be moderately firm, it is understood that this may be achieved with most known materials in the art where firmness may be adjusted by adding or removing stuffing materials without changing the size of the rounded top portion, rounded bottom portion or the concave middle portion. Without limiting the stuffing materials to be used, suitable stuffing materials may be polyfil, pellets, microbeads, beanbag filler, foam, kapok, feathers, down, polyester, latex, acrylic, wool, cotton, horsehair, natural shredded rubber, buckwheat, millet, flax seed, lavender, water, or combinations thereof.

EXAMPLES

[0023] It is to be understood that while the invention has been described in conjunction with the detailed description thereof, the foregoing description is intended to illustrate and not limit the scope of the invention, which is defined by the scope of the appended claims. Other aspects, advantages, and modifications are within the scope of the following claims.

Example 1

[0024] A breast support device of FIG. 1 through FIG. 3 is created to provide an easily machine washable, support device for the breasts, that provides breast support to a woman's breasts. A 100 rounded upper portion, a 200 concave like inner portion, and a 300 rounded lower portion provide support for the breast while preventing wrinkles from forming in the chest cleavage area. The inventive pillow is placed between the breast of the user and adjusted to fit against the sternum. The pillow in this position provides support to the breasts of the user. When sleeping at night, the pillow provides support while preventing stretching of the skin and sagging of the breasts of the user, thus potentially reducing accelerated ageing of the skin in the breast area.

Other Embodiments

[0025] While at least one exemplary embodiment has been presented in the foregoing detailed description, it should be appreciated that a vast number of variations exist. It should also be appreciated that the exemplary embodiment or exemplary embodiments are only examples, and are not intended to limit the scope, applicability, or configuration of the described embodiments in any way. Rather, the foregoing detailed description will provide those skilled in the art with a convenient road map for implementing the exemplary embodiment or exemplary embodiments. It should be understood that various changes can be made in the function and arrangement of elements without departing from the scope as set forth in the appended claims and the legal equivalents thereof.

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