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Charity finds breast pumps for low-income families
For moms who breastfeed their babies, a breast pump can be invaluable when they need more rest or if they’ll have to be away from the baby.
But a breast pump’s usefulness is relatively short-lived. After the baby is weaned, the pump goes up on a shelf or in a closet.
Since top-of-the-line, electric breast pumps can cost $200-$300 these days, it seems like a waste.
Prairieville mom Wendy Williamson thought so. A strong believer in the benefits of breast milk, she wondered why there was no place to recycle used breast pumps.
So, she created one — a charity that collects donated pumps and provides them to breast-feeding moms in low-income families.
Named for the infant son that Wendy and her husband, Robert, lost several years ago, the Zachary Williamson Memorial Foundation provides its good works through a Web site — http://www.GotBreastPump.com.
“Moms love it (the breast pump). They don’t want to throw this expensive machine away,” she said of the women who donate the pumps.
The Web site has been operating for about a year, and Williamson has been getting a donated breast pump delivered to her home about once a week.