“I love pumping milk from my breasts,” said NO WOMAN EVER.
From the cost to the time it consumes to all the parts you have to tote around, there’s a lot to hate about using breast pumps… but countless nursing moms still put up with it so we can produce and store milk while at the office or on the go. Now two Johns Hopkins University doctoral students may have figured out a way to make the whole process more convenient with what The Baltimore Sun is calling a “stealth breast pump.”
This new pump–officially called the Gala Pump–is hands-free, quiet and, perhaps best of all, compact enough to fit comfortably in an undergarment, according to a statement released by Johns Hopkins. It’s “designed to allow nursing mothers to discreetly pump in the presence of others.”
In other words, you might no longer have to choose between your regular afternoon pumping session and attending that last-minute budget meeting. “Yes, Jim, I’m pleased to report we do have a lot of liquidity right now.”
One of the inventors, Susan Thompson, came up with the idea while struggling to incorporate pumping into her work life after the birth of her first child. Thompson joined fellow grad student Adriana Blazeski to form the company DS Labs to develop the device.
The pair recently won a $2,500 third place prize in the annual Biomedical Engineering Innovations, Design and Entrepreneurship Awards competition, sponsored by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. The contest judges likely weren’t nursing moms or the inventors would have probably won second or first place, a Baltimore Sun columnist joked.
Thompson said the winnings would be spent on seeking approval to test the device on women, liability insurance and “further refining the prototype, so that the Gala Pump can help moms worldwide.”
Coincidentally, while Blazeski and Thompson were working on their creation, I’d been brainstorming some breast pump innovations of my own. Check out Blazewski and Thompson’s diagram of their device, plus my meticulously crafted sketches of my own ideas, below. Granted, my imaginary inventions might be a bit tongue-in-cheek, but if any inventors want to run with them, I won’t say no–just cut me a percentage of the profits, would ya?
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