Better Breast Pumps, Here We Come

If you ask a group of new moms, many of them will say that their breast pump sucks, literally and figuratively.  Breast pumps have come a long way since their invention, but many moms would argue there is still a lot of work to be done to bring the breast pump into our technologically advanced society. In fact, some great minds of America agree that there is much room for improvement for breast pumps, and they are doing something about it.

Better Breast Pumps, Here We ComeThis past weekend, a group of engineers, parents, and medical advisers convened for a “hackathon” at prestigious MIT to make suggestions on how to improve breast pumps for the modern mom.  Their singular goal: “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck.”  In this case, strictly figurative.

The two-day conference stemmed from an earlier MIT think tank that drew so much attention researchers decided to expand the project to include more brains, more experts and more ideas.  Over the weekend, participants worked in groups of five to develop ways to solve complaints many moms have with breast pumps.  These include breast pumps are uncomfortable, too loud, too bulky and have too many components.

As a necessity for many moms, especially those who intend to meet the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of exclusively breastfeeding for at least 6 months, pumping is a necessity.  Women who return to work or are otherwise separated from their babies for hours at a time each day rely on breast pumps to provide nutrition for their babies and keep their milk viable for breastfeeding.  Some women find breastfeeding challenging, the hope of this project is to eliminate breast pumps from being a barrier to providing breast milk to babies.

MIT’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” hackathon solicited ideas from the public, which they used as inspiration during their brainstorming weekend.  While they do not have plans to manufacture a mass market breast pump, they do plan to use materials to develop prototypes.  And they hope their ideas will catch they eye of some breast pump manufacturers to encourage breast pumps that are more in sync with the contemporary mom’s needs.

We can’t wait to hear what these great minds have come up with to improve modern motherhood.  Until then, pump on ladies!