What to Do with Your Old Breast Pump
Check with your local breastfeeding coalition, La Leche League chapter, hospital, or search for skilled breastfeeding support in your area. Everyone who decides to breastfeed should contact a lactation support person if they are experiencing troubles or have questions. Spectra suggests that you recycle your old Spectra pump by taking it to an appliance or PC recycling center. That might be an option for other non-Spectra pumps without a recycling program. If you are done with your pump forever, selling your used breast pump – or donating it – may be an option. However, used pumps should only be reused by another individual when they are a closed system pump.
Identify the need for a recycling program.Meet with local breastfeeding families in your area. Ask them if they’ve ever recycled a breast pump, and if so, where? Educate families on the complications surrounding selling and sharing breast pumps.
Why Donate Breast Milk?
Medela and Ameda both have hospital grade pumps that are closed system, multiuser and are available to rent. Enter your pump brand and choose a new pump at a discounted price. When the new pump arrives you will also receive a prepaid shipping label for the pump being donated. Medical reasons may include if your baby was born prematurely, or if your baby was born with a medical condition such as a cleft lip or cleft palate. WIC may also provide a breast pump if the mother is returning to work or to school. Most of the Medela breast pumps that you buy through your insurance or buy in a store fall into this category of single-user open-system pumps.
It is estimated that only 12% of electronic waste is recycled, leaving much of the waste to be burned at incinerators, destined to sit in landfills, or even shipped to Asia. Don’t worry if your manufacturer doesn’t have a recycling program. Recycling your breast pump is very easy and can be done in any of your local electronic recycling places. It is great to see many brands taking the initiative to encourage breast pump recycling. Hygiea have their own recycling programs that collect used pumps and recycles effectively. When I was done using my breast pump, I wanted to beat it with an axe and put it in the middle of the road.
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Why can’t you sell a breast pump on Facebook?
Breast pumps are very expensive, and there are many mamas out there who desperately need a good pump but can’t afford to get one. You can get in touch the local charity groups to see if there is a mama you can help out. For this reason, many parents opt to buy a closed system to start with so that they don’t have to deal with this disadvantage when it comes to reselling their pump. In an open system, there is no partition between the tubings and the pump. Hence, there is a risk that breast milk can get into the motor.
- I would suggest getting a new set of pump parts when you start pumping again.
- If you do not have health insurance, you may qualify for a breast pump through Medicaid or through WIC assistance.
- A ‘Closed’ breast pump is one where there is a distinct boundary between the pump mechanism and the pump collection kit.
- An organization like a women’s shelter, Salvation Army, or WIC will not accept a donation of a used breast pump.
- Please consult with a medical professional regarding any matters related to the health and well-being of yourself or others.
The idea behind the program is to encourage moms to trade in or donate used pump and get a discount to buy a new pump. I am all for if you can sell some used stuff and recoup some of the money. Create and print below your FREE Return Label to return it to any UPS Drop off point. We will stop your recurring payments as soon as we receive the pump back, in line with our returns policy. If your pump is a closed system and you are not concerned about the motor wearing down then you can donate it to someone or sell it.
It still worked, so I decided to look into donating it. I found out that the non-profits I asked would not accept a used breast pump, so I decided to research how to recycle my breast pump. I recommend a traditional electric breast pump if a mother stays home often and doesn’t need to work outside.