The MIT Media Lab in Boston recently held a hackathon on improving the breast pump. Teams at the hackathon worked on their own ideas to improve the product, and three winners emerged.
The winners of the first prize — who get to pitch their pump to investors in Silicon Valley — created something called the “Mighty Mom Utility Belt.”
WBUR described it as “a fashionable, discreet, hands-free wearable pump that automatically logs and analyzes your personal [milk] data.”
Article continues after video (produced by the team who thought of the Mighty Mom utility belt)
Newsweek reports the breast pump design hasn’t changed much since the first mechanical pump was patented in the 1920s.
WBUR asks why breast pump makers in the United States aren’t already racing to improve the product, given so many women work and many mothers breastfeed.
One hackathon participant realized that improving the breast pump is a lot more complex than she realized.
Other participants told WBUR that the hackathon represents progress because it amplifies the voices of women who aren’t satisfied with the current state of pumping.