After learning from a lactation consultant about the efficacy of hand expression to supplement breastfeeding, Thompson was inspired to develop a pumping mechanism that mimicked this technique. She assembled a team at that began developing, testing and iterating prototypes of a new kind of breast pump. “The currently available breast pumps all use very similar vacuum technology which elicit a range of responses from new mothers,” explains Thompson of the market. “New technologies are needed to provide additional and/or combinatorial options and to provoke more innovation in a historically stagnant market.”
Following a win at the M2D2 $100K challenge, Thompson and her team are preparing to complete a controlled trial that will compare her compression breast pump to the existing standard of care vacuum pumps. “We believe that successful execution of this comparator trial will help to shift existing paradigms of breast pump design by demonstrating that compression can achieve effective and efficient milk expression,” says Thompson. “Collectively, our mission is to provide new mothers with technical and tangible solutions to improve their family’s wellbeing.”
Abigail Ballou, Alexandra David, Shreya Iyer and Casey Nugent contributed to this story.
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