When asked by her co-anchors during the live interview if she had earlier pumped on the air, Gonzales said, "There is no truth to that rumor. No, I was not pumping during the CBS 13 news this morning, but I could have been!"
Dr. Dao watched Lisa's video review after the interview, and added, "Lisa's my hero. It took courage for a shy woman to pump on camera and then post it on the internet for a large audience. Her situation, with her time so tightly constrained, is an extreme example, but millions of women like Lisa also have no time and no place to pump at work. And most are uncomfortable even making their coworkers aware of what they are doing. She just showed women everywhere who are uncomfortable about breastfeeding and pumping at work that they can do it!"
The Freemie system is designed to be used with some of the most popular pumps on the market, and Dr. Dao's company is working on compatibility with more pumps. "Many women have spent quite a bit of money on expensive pumps, only to find that they are not practical in their situation. Moms need more options to actually be able to use those pumps, especially in these tough economic times, so that they can still get the job done without giving up their breastfeeding goals."
After giving birth to premature twins, Dr. Dao conceived the system because of the demands of her job in the ER, and then developed it because as a physician she felt a responsibility to help moms that did not have the proper tools to succeed at breastfeeding. Dr. Dao hopes the Freemie system will make a contribution to public health, given that the increase in breastfeeding rates has stalled in recent years. "There's only so much time in a day for new moms. I believe if we can provide them better tools that make them more productive, we just might make a difference.&q
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