Creating the Freemie System

Dr. Stella Dao - Sunday, September 22, 2013

Every year millions of women struggle to balance the demands of their families, their work, and their desire to continue breastfeeding. But about 9 out of 10 women returning to work after maternity leave give up breastfeeding earlier than is recommended. When I went back to work in a busy ER after having preemie twins I found that I simply could not work and pump as much as I needed. During my struggles, I was inspired with an idea that led me to develop the Freemie system. 

The Freemie system

The system works with quality pumps, and is intended to help moms who want to breastfeed get more out of their time. With the Freemie system, moms can sustain lactation through pumping and continue to breastfeed even if they lack the time or privacy necessary to undress and pump with traditional horns and collection bottles.

As a physician who became a mother, I also felt the pressure that moms experience when they are forced to make choices about how to care for their children. I realized moms in many situations in the modern world really didn't have the tools to succeed at breastfeeding before the Freemie system, even though we put great pressure on them to do so.

If you choose to breastfeed and pump, my Freemie system gives you a multitude of more attractive options because it works with a variety of popular quality pumps that are necessary to sustain lactation during periods of separation from your baby. And importantly, with the Freemie system you can use your preferred hospital grade pump in exponentially more places, since you don't have to undress, don't require privacy, and can choose the timing and frequency of your pumping sessions to suit your needs better in just about any given environment.

In the short time since we made the Freemie system available for purchase, I have been especially gratified to hear from women across the country about how we have helped them, often in ways I never even imagined! I am inspired daily by the creativity and diligence of mothers everywhere, who manage to do so much during the day for their babies, their families, and often their employers too.

Safety and quality

I also know how important safety and quality are in the products you use to care for your family. That's why we make the Freemie system from safe, certified materials. And I personally used the first production model of the Freemie system to pump for my third baby for well over a year through 12 hour shifts.

Moms helping moms

When you start to experience the benefits of the Freemie system, please join us in supporting all breastfeeding mothers, and pay it forward by sharing your story. Tell your doctor, your mommies group, your employer, your friends, your social networks, and even your insurance company how you make pumping and breastfeeding work. Share pictures or videos of yourself pumping where women could not pump before. And please share your story with us, by emailing us at If sharing your story helps just one more mother continue to breastfeed, by showing her how she can succeed with a pump in her situation, you will help her baby too.

About the Author: Dr. Dao, inventor of the Freemie system, is a board-certified practicing physician in northern California, where she lives with her husband and children.

Anonymous commented on 26-Sep-2013 02:40 PM
I was wondering if the freemie's would also be compatible with the Enjoye Hygeia double electric pump?
Kaitlyn commented on 26-Sep-2013 06:45 PM
Will you be making these to be compatible with Medela Freestyle? If so, about when?
Anonymous commented on 26-Sep-2013 08:42 PM
I love the concept of this pump. I am wondering if it is compatible with the Medela Freestyle pump. Thank you.
Sandra Escalera commented on 27-Sep-2013 10:44 AM
I can't wait until this product is available! It really is true that from necessity comes invention. I work with a lot of young moms as a home visiting nurse and I can't stress enough, how soon I see mom's give up breastfeeding because of the troubles with pumping at work or at school.
Eunice commented on 28-Sep-2013 10:28 PM
Hi Dr Dao,

May I know where can get this useful pump?
I'm totally interested on it!
It definitely will help many mums out there.

The Freemie Team commented on 28-Sep-2013 10:44 PM
Please see our list of pumps that are approved for use with the Freemie system. If you are on our email list, you will be notified every time we add a pump to this list. Some pumps require additional connection kits in order to work with the Freemie system.
The Freemie Team commented on 28-Sep-2013 10:46 PM
The Freemie systems will be available first right here, at
Leah commented on 07-Feb-2014 10:20 AM
Will these work for large breasted women??? I'm talking DDD+ sizes (I'm an H) and I'm worried they will look weird under a t-shirt or will they leak when full past the nipple???
Adam and Amanda Heck commented on 03-Mar-2014 07:30 AM
We love that the Freemie is hands free; this product should be in every breastfeeding mamas home!
Beka South commented on 18-Mar-2014 09:14 AM
This is an amazing concept!!!
Sharon Ow commented on 19-Apr-2015 06:12 AM
I think this is a wonderful product! I saw it at MotherCare in Singapore. I like the idea of moms helping moms.


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