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the perfect pump

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:27 am
by fellare
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/bl ... hackathon/

How exciting!

What would your prefect pump look like?

Re: the perfect pump

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:46 am
by Mummy woo!
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Oh the article was annoying fellare - "then you have to pump" :twisted:

Anyhow, it would be great if this led to some kind of open-source pump technology that made good quality pumps more accessible for women who need them, and we'll just keep working at the other end of the spectrum helping women with information about why and why not pump.

Re: the perfect pump

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:55 am
by Yankee
How did you find it annoying MW? With all due respect, for many women the reality is they DO have to pump if they want to continue to breastfeed their baby. Especially in the US, where the only guarantee is 6 weeks of unpaid maternity leave. That's all the time many women get home with their babies.

Re: the perfect pump

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:47 am
by PellyintheWilderness
Pumps are great for people who need to build up their supply when their babies can't suckle properly, or need to be able to leave milk for their babies in their absence. I think what Mummy woo! is annoyed about is the way breast pumps are being commodified - many people think you need one to build up supply even if your baby is feeding well, and mums are pressured to leave their babies when they might not want to do that (needing to breastfeed your baby is no longer an acceptable reason if you can pump).

Re: the perfect pump

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:55 am
by Mummy woo!
Yankee wrote:How did you find it annoying MW? With all due respect, for many women the reality is they DO have to pump if they want to continue to breastfeed their baby. Especially in the US, where the only guarantee is 6 weeks of unpaid maternity leave. That's all the time many women get home with their babies.
That is just one of the structural barriers to breastfeeding that is annoying Yankee!

The article talks about pumping as an essential part of all breastfeeding relationships when it isn't. Pumps are a useful tool for mums in a range of situations (and I have pumped myself) but there are risks associated with their use. Those risks are often not communicated to mums when they are deciding to express, and in many situations use of a pump (and the associated risks) can be avoided with good information and support.

Re: the perfect pump

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:55 am
by fellare
Well, yeah.

But I pumped to donate and a beret pump would have been nice.

One that is easy to clean and fits in your pocket. So you can pump discretely, even in public without getting stares!

I know too many women who stopped breastfeeding because they couldn't pump at work. My imaginary sound free, small pump, can be used while working.

Re: the perfect pump

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:14 am
by Mummy woo!
fellare wrote:Well, yeah.

But I pumped to donate and a beret pump would have been nice.

One that is easy to clean and fits in your pocket. So you can pump discretely, even in public without getting stares!

I know too many women who stopped breastfeeding because they couldn't pump at work. My imaginary sound free, small pump, can be used while working.
I'm all in favour of better pumps fellare. I'd just like to see better understanding of their place in breastfeeding :wink:

Re: the perfect pump

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:36 am
by fellare
Of course, but that's not the point of this topic.

Re: the perfect pump

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:16 pm
by Yankee
Yeah, to me it feels like poo-pooing a discussion about improving bike helmets because in an ideal world Australia would have such good cycling infrastructure that we wouldn't need them. Especially when comments and emotes can make mums feel alienated for pumping.

Re: the perfect pump

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:03 pm
by Andypandy
I think though if you don't address the idea that *everyone* needs to pump, it becomes pervasive and undermines how breastfeeding actually works. Pumping and owning a pump just becomes standard practise for breastfeeding mums.

Without fail, every single class I run, I get a mum asking what pump she should own. After a conversation I discover it is something she thinks she needs, not what she actually has a purpose in mind for.

Now, I would love a pump hack. As someone who supported my sister pump for a prem, for me the things that came up were time taken to pump, cleanability and portability. However she was using a hospital grade pump.

For me, I pumped once a week for a while when I was going to be away from my baby. I just needed something basic.

What ALL pumping women need is tailored info and support for their circumstances.

Oh a solar powered pump would be on my list. Great for eeing women in emergency situations.

Re: the perfect pump

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:31 pm
by Mummy Latte
The intention is good, especially in places like the US where women get so little leave and have to choose between expressing and formula to feed their babies when they return to work. However, the premise of the article is that pumping/expressing is part of having a baby:
Also, let’s not forget that you just pushed a baby out of your body. You’d think that would be the hardest part of being a new mom. But no, then you also have to deal with the annoyances of pumping.
It is MIT so they're going to focus on tech stuff. Good luck to them, hope they can come up with something that's so affordable and functional that it knocks out formula feeding!