Clinician Program

Welcome! We’re thrilled you’re interested in joining the Milkdrop Clinician Program.

This page provides more information for Lactation Consultants, Midwives, Doctors and Physical Therapists on Milkdrop cushions, including clinical observations, medical device registration and usage.

 

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About the Milkdrop Clinician Program

Join a growing community of clinicians who are finding Milkdrop helpful for making pumping more comfortable and sustainable for their clients. 

When you join the program you will receive:

  • A sample set of Milkdrop cushion for you to demo and check sizing for your clients
  • Educational materials on how to use the cushion
  • A unique discount code for your clients
  • Potential giveaway opportunities to expand your audience reach

 

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What is the Milkdrop cushion?

The Milkdrop breast pump cushion is a soft silicone cushion that stretches over the head of most traditional breast pumps. 

It is to be used by lactating women to provide a softer interface between the breast and the existing breast pump. It is included in the ARTG (#352892) as a Class I medical device and registered with the FDA.

milkdrop on cushion

Why did we design and manufacture the cushion? 

Whilst feeding at the breast is typically clinically preferable to using breast pumps, a majority of women own or use a pump to express milk (Johns et al 2016, Clemons & Amir 2010, Labiner-Wolfe et al 2008).

There are benefits to using breast pumps; however, nipple pain and damage have been identified as adverse effects, occurring at a rate of about 15-17% (Qi et al 2014, Clemons & Amir 2010).

We designed the cushion with the objective of reducing nipple pain and discomfort by softening the interface between the breast and the pump.

Have there been any clinical evaluations of Milkdrop? 

We undertook a pilot study to develop initial observations of the cushion. Two more formal clinical evaluations are planned for mid-2023. For now, you can download the results of our pilot by clicking the report below. 

Milkdrop breast pump cushion pilot preliminary observations

 

The pilot study was conducted in March 2021, which found: 

  • 92% of women found pumping more comfortable
  • comfort increased (score: 5 /10 to 9 / 10)
  • nipple swelling decreased (score: 6 /10 to 0 /10)
  • nipple swelling decreased (6 /10 to 0.5 / 10), redness decreased (6 /10 to 0.5/10) and damage decreased (4/10 to 0/10) for women identifying as having an uncomfortable pumping experience.
  • 73% of women collected about the same or more milk.

Further benefits will be evaluated through post-market studies, including the effect of the cushion on the perception of pain, comfort and milk production. 

 

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Clinician FAQs

Preliminary observations from our pilot indicate that lactating women perceive lower levels of pain, redness and swelling in the nipple, and higher levels of comfort when using the cushion on their existing pump. Most women perceive that they collect the same or more milk when using the cushion on their existing pump. We will release a detailed report on our pilot outcomes shortly, noting that the pilot observations have not yet been validated with a broader trial.

Firstly, the cushion is softer and more flexible than others. It measures 10A on the Shore Hardness scale, making it 3-4x softer than existing breast pump cushions and over 10x softer than existing breast pump heads. This softness allows it to be more flexible and mould to the shape of the nipple. Secondly, the cushion is designed with a series of ridges, which roll over when the pump is on, and allow the nipple and areola to move within the pump flange, rather than be pressed against it. This may be one reason for lower swelling and chafing that we had seen in our pilot.

We are available across Australia, NZ, and the USA. If you'd like to receive a sample, please join our clinician program above.

We provide reusable, sterilisable cushions for use within your clinic or practice, and discount codes for your clients ordering on your recommendation. Join our clinician program above! We'd love to hear from you.

Of course! If you would like us to provide a demonstration or education session, or would like any other information, please contact us at hello@milkdroppumps.com. We'd love to hear from you.

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