In 1992, Patricia Kelly, a Registered Dietitian, and her daughter Joan Ortiz, a Registered Nurse, became certified as Lactation Consultants after recognizing a need following the birth of Joan’s first daughter. They founded Limerick, Inc., named after the birthplace of Patricia’s mother, and created the Limerick Workplace Lactation Program® to help working mothers reach their breastfeeding goals. Based on their efforts with thousands of mothers, and listening to complaints about the breast pumps they used, Patricia and Joan decided to develop a breast pump of their own. They held focus groups with the women in their workplace programs, and learned that their primary considerations were comfort, preventing cross-contamination, ease of use, easy cleaning, and portability. Patricia & Joan hired an engineer to develop their new design, and along with additional help from engineer friends in their Rotary Club, prototypes were developed in a room behind Patricia’s garage. Alas, the PJ’s (Patricia & Joan’s) Comfort® breast pump was born! The final result was the revolutionary Limerick PJ’s Comfort® hospital-grade electric breast pump – the only portable breast pump utilizing Patricia & Joan’s patented technology that truly mimics a baby’s natural nursing pattern.
Today, the pumps are no longer manufactured in the room behind Patricia’s garage, but they are assembled in America, in a comfortable warehouse and office space close to Patricia and Joan’s residences in Burbank, California. Joan’s daughters are now adults, and both Kristina and Ashley have joined their mother and grandmother in the business, with Kristina heading Customer Service and Ashley in charge of servicing the Workplace Lactation Program customers.