The Pumping It Forward Project buys brand new breast pumps and donates them to professionals or organisations who are instrumental in their support of breastfeeding women and their children.
When I created Breastfeeders in Australia after my first son in 2012, all I hoped for was a space where breastfeeders could talk about their struggles without being encouraged to stop, and to celebrate their triumphs without having to worry about upsetting those around them who didn’t or couldn’t breastfeed.
Fast forward four years and the group is bursting at the seams (over 20,000 members as I type this post) and growing all the time. Our support group sees not only mums supporting each other, but professionals helping our mums too. We are so much bigger than I ever expected we could have been, and as our group has continued to grow, different opportunities have presented themselves to us.
The group has a number of affiliate relationships in place. The administrators do not seek to profit from the group, so the Pumping It Forward Project was created. Funds raised through affiliate programs are used to buy breast pumps, which are then donated to professionals and organisations who work to support women breastfeeding. It’s a privilege to be in a position where we can give back to those who work tirelessly in a professional capacity to help us get as much breastmilk to babies as we can!
To support our project, all you need to do is shop with a company that we have a relationship with. The beauty of this arrangement is that we have hand-selected companies who our members are already shopping with. The admin team will never try to “sell” you a product based on our programs, we just make our members aware of the Project.
We have relationships in place with Spectra (hospital grade double breast pumps) and Pumpables (breast pump parts and accessories). If you shop through our links, we will receive a commission on your sale, to spend on pumps to donate. We have more relationships in negotiation.
PUMPS DONATED TO DATE
Amanda (IBCLC, Midwife) & Jon Pauley (GP), Belmore Road Family Practice
Ellen McNally, Illawarra Breastfeeding
Barbara Glare (IBCLC, Life Member ABA – 20 yrs ABA Breastfeeding Counsellor) Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre
Maureen Minchin (BA Hons MA), Author
Del Smith (IBCLC)
Rodney Whyte (Therapeutic Medicines Specialist, Monash Health)
Rebecca Kubenk (IBCLC)
Sue Paterson, Northern Breastfeeding Services
Bridget Ingle (IBCLC)
Tamika Newman (IBCLC)
Lynette Huckstadt (IBCLC)
Maitland Midwifery Group Practice
Mothers Milk Bank
Rachel Ward, Latrobe Regional Hospital, Traralgon West
Kristie Welch, Breastfeeding Project, Greater Shepparton City Council
Louise David (IBCLC)
Meg Nagle AKA Milk Meg (IBCLC, Author)
Katy Young (IBCLC)
Sarah Evans (IBCLC)
Naomi Hull (IBCLC)