When my daughter Annie was born, my wife Janene was excited to give her 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. At that time it was almost unheard of to pump exclusively long term.
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.