Where Can I Donate A Breast Pump
Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified health provider. Do keep in mind that open-system pumps pose health risks and should never be shared under any circumstances. Be sure to throw out any used accessories such as breast shields, backflow protectors, teats, cap valves, and sealing discs. Since recycling doesn’t involve the pump being used again, this might be the best option if you have an open-system pump. For the environmentally-conscious mom, this is a more satisfying option. Recycling doesn’t just make us feel good, it helps reduce the amount of waste we put out into the environment.
Note that even if your pump is a closed system, most pump warranties won’t cover anyone but the original owner. It’s a good idea to make sure that the new owner understands they’ll have to buy a new pump if their used one breaks. Put everything in a bag and, if possible, store it someplace that is at least somewhat temperature-controlled. So, if you have the choice between your drafty basement or a garage that gets really hot in the summer, your best bet is the basement. More info about used pumps can be found in The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th edition p.296.
I would feel fine donating an Ameda pump to another user as long as they knew it was used and had a new HygieniKit. Now that my second baby is about to turn one I doubt I will be using my double electric pump much in the future. I have no interest in weaning anytime soon but I doubt the need to pump will arise much.
Here’s how to pack up your breast pump to keep it in good condition for use in a few years. Clean your pump and all your pump accessories that can’t be washed (such as your charger, car adapter, etc.) by wiping them down. ( Medela Quick-Clean Wipes can be useful for this.) Sterilize all of your pump parts and bottles, and then let them air dry. If you have tried selling your old pump with no luck, then donation can be the next best thing to do .
Medela doesn’t reuse any recycled breast pump components for manufacturing purposes, but they are committed to keeping their breast pumps out of landfills. 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. Hence, there is a risk that breast milk can get into the motor.
Where can you donate your pump?
To recycle a breast pump, contact your local city’s recycling program to find an electronics or small appliance recycling program. Plastic pump parts can be put in the household recycling bin. Several breast pump manufacturers, including Medela and Hygeia, have effective breast pump recycling programs.
What About the Pump Kit and Accessories?
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It has become much more and all things parenting can be found here. I recommend that you visit a local women’s group or shelter in your area who can give you advice on who to donate your used breast pump to. But when you look at the cost of pumps, it seems like donating your used breast pump to another mom—even one you may not know–is a nice way to pay it forward.