Have you tried using a breast pump? I have. It sucks. Literally and figuratively. All the confusing parts, the difficult to clean tubes, the awkwardness of setting up the pump, etc. There has got to be a better way to do this. It's 2014 for Pete's sake!
Well the time has come! MIT's Media Lab is holding a “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon” September 20 and 21 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they’re bringing together 60 to 80 engineers, designers, parents, public health researchers, and lactation consultants to bring innovation to maternal health and make “the breast pump not suck.”
The MIT website lays out all the reasons why the breast pump is LONG overdue for a revamp: “The motor is loud. There are too many parts. They are hard to clean. You can’t lay down and pump. There is no good space to pump. It’s hard to keep track of what you pump. Your colleagues think pumping is weird. People are skeeved out by breastmilk. People are embarrassed by breasts.”
“We want to seed ideas, connections and projects that will make the breast pump experience not suck so much. Covening talented people for a weekend is a first step. We also see this as an opportunity to catalyze innovation in maternal and pediatric health more generally.”
We applaud MIT for making maternal and pediatric health a priority and helping moms find solutions! Let's hope these engineers and scientists can rally together with the actual pump users (AKA moms) and find some serious solutions that will actually make their way to market.
For more information on the event, visit the MIT Breast Pump Hackathon website here.
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