You are done nursing, what do you do with your breast pump now? Over the years of my nursing and pumping, I have thought the exact same thing and am very excited to share with you that THERE IS now a recycling program thanks to Medela and their #MedelaRecycles program. Through the donations to recycle old Medela breast pumps, Medela in exchange has been donating hospital grade breast pumps to Ronald McDonald House Charities across the United States.
Participating is easy! Medela will send you a free shipping label and mail back your electric breast pump! You can go here to get started –> How To Recycle Your Breast Pump.
I had the opportunity this month to partner with Medela as their Phoenix Ambassador and donate 2 much needed multi-user Symphony Preemie+ breastpumps to my local Phoenix Area Ronald McDonald Houses. This was only made possible because of all the families out there who have already recycled their old and no longer needed electric breast pumps throughout the year. So exciting!
If you know a little about me, you know I love non-profits, the chance to reuse and helping families/empowering parents. This was an opportunity to put all my loves together! You can check out my Medela Recycles Ambassador interview here, too!
The Phoenix Chapter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities has 3 different locations and was very excited to receive these 2 hospital-grade Medela Symphony Preemie+ breast pumps. These pumps provide mothers who’s babies are in the NICU the opportunity to still provide them with breast milk. At times these families have to take turns using these pumps at the House, since they only have one, which can get complicated when multiple families are waiting to use the same. And I believe one of the houses did not have a pump available at all, so they were really grateful.
We were able to capture a picture with some of the RMHC Staff, Medela team and some of the families currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
This charity does so much to help lift a burden for families already going through a hard time, that it was an honor to partner with Medela and help lift the burden a little more.
A few more fun pics from our adventure:
They provide a large kitchen and eating area, a home cooked dinner at 6 pm every day (provided by local volunteer groups), extra refrigerator space for the families to keep their own food accessible, a playroom and a playground because kids still need to be kids.