Prior to the event, we received 1,136 ideas for ”making the breast pump not suck.” Though we did not limit who could submit ideas, we received responses primarily from mothers who described direct experiences of pumping.
These ideas were either submitted to our group email address, submitted on a web form for the project, or submitted on Facebook in response to our solicitation. We did not collect demographic data, however, it was clear from their numerous references to the lack of maternity leave, insurance characteristics, and care practices that most women were living in the United States.
Responses range in length from very short ideas, ”Moore’s Law for breast pumps! Each year breast pumps should be smaller, lighter, and more effective.” - Mother 6775, to ten-point plans and even separate Google documents with matrices.