The goal of Pump it Forward is to connect women needing pumps with women who have pumps they no longer need and remove the obstacle of money for between them.
Improving breastfeeding rates is an international and national priority for infant and maternal health (World Health Organization, 2014; Rollins et al., 2016; Scottish Government, 2017). The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life (World Health Organization, 2003); however, in America, The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) gives only 12 weeks of unpaid leave annually for mothers of newborn or newly adopted children if they work for a company with 50 or more employees.
In order to continue providing breastmilk, a breast pump would be imperative at this point.
It is true that breast pumps might be provided by health insurance companies or even by WIC (Women, Infants, Children) but it is also true that not every mom qualifies for either of these programs. And some of the pumps provided are not the best quality that every mom deserves.
In 2015, the CDC reported that black infants have a significantly lower rate of breastfeeding than white infants, with only 36% exclusively breastfed at 3 months and only 17% at 6 months. Poverty, lack of insurance, lack of breastfeeding education, and lack of community support are among the many obstacles for these mothers. At the same time, I see privileged women, myself included, with multiple breast pumps that they don’t need anymore and don't know what to do with.
Our first mom received her gently used pump last week! I have two moms in South Africa that I am trying hard to go a pump to next.
This is where you come in.
Shipping for a Spectra is about $25 in the US and $75 (and way way up) internationally. You can help make this possible with your support. Any amount helps.
Actual pumps can be sent by contacting Nikki Bredeson at firstname.lastname@example.org.