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Help Ms. United launch U Boost - a hands-free breast pump booster that increases milk output
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We at Ms. United are committed to empowering women by revolutionizing breastfeeding technology.

The “Ms.” in Ms. United is an acronym for Motherhood-sisterhood – a concept group the our founders and team members believe strongly in uniting

We are developing U Boost - a hands-free breast pump booster to enhance milk supply with any breast pump

If you are no longer breastfeeding, but want to help, you can donate a U Boost to one of our partnering non-profit community centers to help a new mothering better achieve her breastfeeding goals

Donations will automatically enroll you in our newsletter! You will get access to next generation product testing requests and information first!

Check out our team at: http://uboostsupply.com

https://www.facebook.com/MsUnitedInc/

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What is the problem?

• Breastfeeding is challenging: It is hard to replicate the dynamic biologic processes of breastfeeding when moms are away from their babies - the interplay between momma and baby is complex with multiple modes of stimulation (suckling, compression, touch, hormonal, etc.)  

• Breast pumps are amazing tools: There are a lot of different breast pump options available, but they are all rely on the same technology that primarily focuses on the suckling action of the baby  

• Hands-on pumping statistically improves milk output by ~50%: Hands-on pumping is a scientifically validated method to improve milk output by hand compressing the breast while pumping. The technique has grown in popularity given the demonstrated improved milk output; however, mothers trade-off this increased milk output do to the convenience of hands-free pumping (J Perinatol. 2009 Nov;29(11):757-64)  

How is our solution unique?  

U Boost is not a breast pump: U Boost is a hands-free breast pump booster that can be used alongside any standard breast pump to improve lactation and milk output by an average of ~40% (n=6)

 • U Boost complements breast pump vacuum suction with compression and vibration stimulation: U Boost improves pumping output with stimulation that supplements breast pumps – specifically,      U Boost focuses compression and vibration stimulation on the breast tissue near the chest wall - this is where the mammary glands originate

 • U Boost works differently for each mother: No two breasts are alike – even your own – so it’s challenging to predict individual breast responses with U Boost. We have seen improvement across a large group of 30 volunteer pumping mothers but in several different ways: 

  • Many testers found improved milk output in the “lower producing” breast. A mother frequently has an imbalance in milk production between her two breasts- in other words, one breast produces noticeably more than the other
  • Some mothers found equal milk improvement with both breasts 
  • Some mothers found improved milk output in the “higher producing” breast 
  • Some mothers found the vibration improved vacuum suction comfort and allowed them to use higher levels of suction
  • Some mothers found reduction in clogged ducts 
  • Some mothers found U Boost reduced pumping time

Ms. United’s mission is to revolutionize breastfeeding technology: We are invested in ongoing research and development of compression technology 

A rockstar group- over 60 nursing mothers, including us- spent countless hours testing U Boost

• We have tested 30 mothers spread across the US with the U Boost prototype in the past two months 

• We mailed volunteers a U Boost Prototype and a small kitchen scale for preference testing. Volunteers used U Boost while pumping for several weeks, measured their pumped milk bottles with and without U Boost and completed a preference survey 

• We are also conducting an IRB-approved clinical trial where we tightly control the milk measurements to prevent well-known variability (in other words, we are controlling for the fact that some moms can pump 5 oz. in the morning and only 1 oz. at night) – our first 6 participants produced an average of 38% increased milk removal when pumping with U Boost vs. pumping without U Boost 

 • Prior to our current U Boost prototype, we partnered with ~30 local mothers with babies ranging from 2-15 months. These mothers tried out  various earlier versions of compression-based breastfeeding technologies and prototypes. No matter what variation of compression prototype we tested, 100% of volunteers achieved positive milk expression and, overall, the majority of new mothers agreed that our compression breast pump prototypes were both effective and comfortable 

Although mothers stop breastfeeding for a myriad of reasons, the number one reason is that mothers perceive their milk supply is not sufficient to feed their babies 

• Breast pumps have revolutionized a new mother’s ability to feed her baby while she is away, and while there are many new breast pumps on the market, the stimulation technology has not yielded a difference in milk output 

• It’s true! You are not crazy and you may respond terribly to breast pumps while your friends all have great success and pump way more than they need!  
  • The chart below shows how 20 of 30 moms expressed less milk with a breast pump than they did while breastfeeding their babies
  • This was a very well-controlled study and completed by a well-respected breastfeeding lab  
  • For reference, this study first determined how much milk each breast is capable of producing over 24 hours through breastfeeding
  • The investigators state that, for example, “We would assume that the breast has a maximum amount of 96mL available to be removed by the breast pump at that point in time. If only 48mL of milk was expressed by the breast pump, then we would conclude that 50% of the available milk was expressed.” 
  • For more details on this chart and the original study here is the reference: J Hum Lact. 2002 Nov;18(4):344-52

    We believe varied results occur because breastfeeding is a complicated biological process – so it’s often hard to replicate the multifactorial stimulation of a baby (suckling, compression, touch, etc.) with a vacuum-based breast pump

     • Pumping breast milk is now an integral part of a mother’s breastfeeding relationship and >90% of US mothers are experienced in using a breast pump; however, the decision of which breast pump to choose is becoming increasingly more challenging for new mothers 

    • In fact, a 2016 review of ~2300 breast pump users across 41 trials and a range of breast pump products reported that no single breast pump consistently increased milk volume significantly. For more details, see this study: Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Sep 29;9:CD006170  

    • Ultimately, breast pumps can, and often should, be supplemented with additional stimulation to improve the output for low responders, but even the best responders need a boost once in a while (plagued by sickness / dehydration, amidst an infant growth spurt period, recent family schedule change, etc.)

    U Boost is simple, easy to use and individually adaptable

    We have tried our best to set an achievable goal given our company size– our Kickstarter prices are based on our costs from individual parts to your door. We have outlined a short history and expected timeline for this Kickstarter campaign below:

    Our future prices are not determined but will be based on our costs to maximize affordability and attainability

    • We want to build a company that has flexibility for a research and development budget to continue studying how best support new moms in their breastfeeding journeys  

    • We want to message the importance of Motherhood–sisterhood and empowering women

    • We believe family support is incredibly important and believe in the strength of friends, family and sister wives.  It takes a village to raise a child.

Risks and challenges

We have mitigated most of our product risk prior to this Kickstarter by securing grant funding for small volume tooling and production costs. We have completed a design freeze based on successful testing with breastfeeding mothers and key comfort and usability improvements. However, we have not adapted the functionality, ensuring our final design will work similarly to our tested prototype. The biggest delivery risk we have is manufacturing related; however, we believe this risk is low because: (1) we have successfully completed a similar assembly process with our U Boost prototype ourselves, (2) we have priced the products to cover the “worst case” scenario costs generated by the manufacturers, and (3) we have grant funds remaining to cover unanticipated expenses

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