When my daughter Annie was born, my wife Janene was excited to give our daughter the fantastic gift of mother's milk. As we began our experience with breastfeeding, we had issues with Annie latching on right away. Undeterred, Janene made the choice to pump exclusively with a commitment of at least six months, and hopefully much longer.
Janene would pump day and night, ten to twelve times each day. Although she did not complain, I was determined to assist her any way I could. Cheerleading, I must say, did not help! As I watched her from time to time, I did notice that the whole process seemed to be much more taxing than it should be. My first thought was, "Why is she holding the bottles? Surely there is a better way!''
By nature, I am a "tinkerer,'' so I went to my shop on a quest and came back with a crude, yet effective, apparatus that hooked onto the bottles and then onto an old camera strap. ''Voila,'' I said to myself ''Hands-free pumping.'' Janene tried the strange little gizmo; during her first session using it she was convinced, as she relaxed her arms, that she could now meet her six-month goal.
I thought little about the apparatus at the time, other than it was helping Janene. Soon, however, I was making another one for a co-worker who had begun pumping at work. She was ecstatic about it and informed me that there were very few items on the market for pumping moms; and even fewer that were able to make such a difference in pumping. And so the Pumpin' Pal Hands-Free Pumping System was born.
I had no idea of how to get Pumpin' Pal into the hands of moms that needed it and found myself eager to approach and begin a conversation about breastfeeding and pumping with any mom I saw with a new baby - much more eager than Janene thought was appropriate! What else was a guy to do, since this was clearly not my territory?
Since 1999 Pumpin’ Pal has continued it’s dedication to supporting today’s breast feeding/pumping mom with this one theory: If we can make breast pumping a more relaxing and tolerable activity, we know that more women will pump longer, and pumping longer means giving mom's milk to baby longer.
Let's face it - it would be fabulous if all new moms could stay home with their little ones. But the reality is that within three months, more than 70% will return to work. Some will pump . . . most will make the decision to consider alternatives. We at Pumpin' Pal™ are committed to do all we can to prolong that decision by creating innovative, inexpensive and effective products that help moms through challenging and sometimes trying times.
Along with the Pumpin' Pal™ Hands-Free System, we developed the Super Shield Plus angled breast shield that not only allows a mom to sit back while pumping, but also reduces the chance that she will develop plugged ducts, mastitis or other complications. The design of the Super Shield is simple but revolutionary….a true ‘game changer’ in the pumping world. And now we have 3 sizes of the shields along with numerous other new products..
We are very proud of what we have brought to moms everywhere in such a short time and excited because we know the voids our products fill. You can be certain that our focus and commitment will continue for many years. We admire you for your efforts as a caring parent, and like my wife, Janene, and millions of other moms, the commitment you have made to provide breast milk for your baby.
Husband, Father, Inventor
A Special Thanks goes to a founding partner in the company, Shannon O’Donnell (PPI President, 2006- 2010) who gave us 7 years of passion and commitment. Shannon is fulfilling her wish to be a full time mom and we are very excited for her. Thousands of moms owe Shannon a big thank you as she was fearless in her quest to educate lactation professionals and moms alike to the benefits of the products and to change pumping for the better, worldwide. And I owe Shannon an even bigger thank you for being a great business partner and a dear friend. You did good Shannon!