But two things give me hope that someday, in the not too distant future, pumping might suck just a little bit less. First, the Mighty Mom concept hasn’t completely been discarded like an old homework assignment. One member of the Hackathon’s winning team has decided to take a simplified version of the project forward.
‘Mighty Mom’ takes first prize at breast pump hackathon
In 2014, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosted a “hackathon” competition called “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck,” where more than 150 designers, developers, engineers, midwives, doctors, lactation consultants and corporations came together to share ideas about pump improvement. The result? Some participants are now bringing their ideas to market, including Brothers, who was on the winning team with Clinton Health’s Robyn Churchill.
A device called the Mighty Mom Hush-a-Pump wants to shush the grating whack-a-whack-a noise that can makes conference calls awkward for working-and-pumping mothers.