We started milkdrop after Alex had trouble using pumps herself.

Alex's daughter had a tongue tie, and Alex was pumping to feed her. For the first few weeks, she was on a three-hour feed and pump cycle and desperately trying to establish a latch.

She ended up with pain and damage to the nipple and areola, but was grateful to be able to pump for six months to provide some breastmilk for her daughter.

As she spoke with more mothers, Alex realised that she wasn't alone in having pain, damage and discomfort. It seemed to her that this was yet another area where women's pain and discomfort was unnecessarily overlooked.

Being an engineer herself, she thought she could see a way to improve the experience. She worked with Andrew, a medical doctor, Daniel, a design engineer and Ravi, a prototyping expert to create and test a pump that started with the experience of the woman using it.
A pump that would help women finally feel good about pumping.

Re-designing a pump is a big project, and our team wanted to solve the problem of pain, damage and discomfort as quickly as possible. So, we have developed and manufactured a soft silicone cushion, which fits most breast pumps, making them softer.

We think this small design change to the pumps themselves could make a huge difference for many women.

We're in pilot now, and our first batch will be ready in April.

Until then, give your babies a cuddle for us.

Alex, Andrew, Ravi and Daniel