We’re blown away by the amazing response Medela Recycles has received since we launched just a few weeks ago. Hundreds of moms have already turned in their pumps to be responsibly broken down and recycled! To help inspire these donations and support moms with babies in the NICU, Medela will be donating new multi-user, hospital-grade Symphony breast pumps to Ronald McDonald House locations across the US. The goal is to provide moms with the same high-quality equipment they use at the hospital during their stay at a Ronald McDonald House.
Each month, we’re excited to highlight our fabulous Medela Recycles Ambassadors who are not only helping us spread the word about this program, but are sharing their personal journeys and visiting their local Ronald McDonald House to help us drop off our donations of new pumps and essential breastfeeding gear. We had a chance to catch up with Medela Recycles Ambassador, mom, and TV/radio personality Brooke Fox to talk about why she was inspired to help support this program.
We are so grateful for your support of Medela Recycles. What inspired you to join us as a Medela Recycles Ambassador?
One of the biggest shocks when I became a mom was how difficult breastfeeding can be. The soft focus picture of a mother cradling her suckling babe was far from the reality I was living. I was lucky to have a lot of support and the right equipment from Medela. For that, I will be forever grateful. I saw Medela Recycles as my chance to give back by supporting other new moms.
What about Medela Recycles speaks to you?
A new baby should be about joy and celebration, not machines, medicine and monitors. It hurts my heart to think of mothers having to care for their babies in the NICU. Medela Recycles is such a simple way to at least take one worry away from those women and families and ease the transition from hospital to Ronald McDonald House.
How does your role as a mother influence your work with Medela Recycles and RMHC?
How could anyone understand the challenges and benefits of breastfeeding if they aren’t a mother? Breastfeeding was one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself and my baby. If I can help support other mothers who are wanting to make the same choice, I will.
Who is your biggest philanthropic influence, or role model, who you feel is actively changing the world for the better?
My mother. When she has nothing left to give, she gives of her time and energy. She is a mother to all and an inspiration to me.
Working with Medela as a Recycles Ambassador, what sort of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I just hope to inspire women to help each other. It may sound cliché, but it really does take a village.
Recycling your pump through Medela Recycles gives you the opportunity to support another mom on her breastfeeding journey as she navigates life with a baby in the NICU. Each pump recycled through the Medela Recycles program supports the donation of new hospital-grade breast pumps and breastfeeding supplies to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Want to get involved? Visit our website to start the recycling process and download a shipping label at no cost to you.
Brooke Fox is a radio and television personality. She currently co-hosts Seattle’s #1 rated morning radio program Brooke & Jubal in the Morning on KQMV-FM (92.5) and can be seen on the nationally syndicated entertainment news TV show “Dish Nation.” Brooke is a small town girl living the big city dream (seriously, her hometown in Idaho still doesn’t have a stoplight). She’s married to an amazing man, Michael, and as proud new parents to a beautiful baby girl, they are living in a constant state of sleep deprived, delirious, life-altering joy.