Joanna Eddy of Holistic Mothering and Mindful Healthy Life, me, Lindsay Maines of Rock and Roll Mama, Julia Beck of It’s Working Project and Forty Weeks, MaríaJosé Ovalle of Very Busy Mamá and Tammy Preston of A Loyal Love.
Last month fellow local parenting bloggers and I had the chance to be a part of something special. As ambassadors for the Medela Recycles program, we learned how parents can keep their Medela single-use electric breast pumps out of landfills and help place new, hospital grade breast pumps in Ronald McDonald House Charities locations to help families.
After our first child was born, I received a new Medela Pump In Style Advanced breastpump through my husband’s workplace healthcare provider. Once our third child, Alice, finished nursing, I had no idea what to do with my pump. I knew it could not be safely used by another mother, but I did not want to throw it away. I love that Medela Recycles solves this dilemma. Medela provides you a free shipping label and you can simply put your used electric Medela-brand breast pump in the mail. How to recycle your breast pump.
Each pump recycled through the Medela Recycles program supports the donation of new hospital-grade breast pumps and breastfeeding supplies to Ronald McDonald House Charities. The goal is to provide moms with the same high-quality equipment they use at the hospital during their stay at a Ronald McDonald House.
Ashley Neilson of Medela at the donation of the Medela Symphonie Preemie+ hospital grade breast pumps at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington’s DC house
My social media mama friends and I had the chance to be a part of the donation of pumps to the Ronald McDonald House of Greater DC as well as tour the house, which is a truly a home away from home for families. We learned from the staff that parents often find themselves transported to a hospital without warning, without packing bags and without realization of the care their baby will need. What a relief for the families of babies to learn there are top-of-the-line breast pumps awaiting them.
The current goal of Medela Recycles is to recycle 12,000 breast pumps and put 24 Medela hospital grade pumps and breastfeeding supplies in Ronald McDonald House Charities.Now your old Bessie the breast pump can help put a new turbo-powered pump into the hands and breasts of families in need. It is truly a win-win.
Photos courtesy Michael Temchine Photography.