Friday, April 17, 2009

Green Breastpumps from Hygeia

As an advocate of breastfeeding, and a working mom, a breastpump was a very important part of my life when my boys were babies, especially when my first ended up in the NICU. It always bothered me that the expensive hospital grade pumps could be reused by different users but I was was stuck with the personal model that I bought. My electric model was not a cheap purchase either, I think it was around $250. It is still sitting in my closet upstairs taking up space.

With the birth rate at more than 4 million each year, it is estimated that at least 2 million breastpumps are purchased annually by new parents. The majority of these pumps─those that don't end up in attics, cellars and closets─end up in landfills. This is due to that the fact that the majority of pumps are designed as single-user devices, and with that the FDA states that these type of pumps can be not be shared between mothers.

Well, Hygeia has developed a solution to be able to help keep more breast pumps out of the already overcrowded landfills. They announced the launch of the first Green breastpump. The Hygeia EnJoye™ Breastpump was designed and is registered with the FDA as a multi-user product. When a Hygeia consumer no longer needs her breastpump, it can be re-used if each mother has her own personal accessory set, similar to hospital grade systems.

The breakthrough is Hygeia's adaptation of the hospital technology into a consumer product that's portable, economical, and safe for re-use between mothers. All the parts that touch a mother or her milk are part of her personal accessory set. In addition, the Hygeia Enjoye breastpump features an optional reusable lithium ion battery. Another Green feature, since most breastpumps typically use multiple AA batteries that end up in landfills after use.

The pump retails for $299 and the personal accessory pack is just $35.00.

John Estill, CEO of Hygeia, states that "Hygeia is committed to the environment and making the earth a Greener place for new parents and babies."

[See the new Hygeia EnJoye™ Breastpump.]

About Hygeia - Mother's Milk… The Promise of Health™
At Hygeia, our mission is to support breastfeeding. Hygeia products are made by professionals who have a depth of personal and industry experience in breastfeeding and who share the vision to create a different kind of breastfeeding products company.

7 comments:

Wendy said...

That's great news! I am going to post some links to this article on our Facebook group, Twitter, etc.

Wendy said...

lol... forgot to sign my comment.

Wendy Armbruster Bell
www.PumpEase.com

Medela freestyle said...

Breast pumps really help those kids that can't suck out the milk from breasts! I have been using Medela freestyle from last three months, it's been really very good.

Nicole

Tanya said...

The Hygeia pumps are very affordable, extract the milk in the same 10-15 minutes as Medela and Ameda pumps and can be found starting at $199 at http://www.lactationconnection.com

Anonymous said...

I recently purchased the new Hygeia EnJoye-LBI to replace my Medela Pump-In-Style and I love it!

I like that the Hygeia pump allows you to self-adjust the speed and strength of suction and also has single and double pumping capability. On the Medela pump, I had to turn the dial all the way to highest setting and still felt that it wasn't enough and also felt the suction wasn't strong enough when the double suction was in use so I had to pump one side at a time. I set the Hygeia pump just higher than average and it's a perfect fit for me. I also enjoy being able to slow down the suction speed after my letdown which is usually within the first 30 seconds of pumping.
The other nice features for mothers who have a slower letdown is the customizable CARE button that allows you to record your babies cry to stimulate your letdown which I imagine is a great feature if you're pumping at work or with other kids running around and you don't have much time. The device is also very quiet- much quieter than the Medela pump. I am able to pump in the middle of the night without waking up my husband. Additionally, I love that all of the plastic is BPA/DEHP free and that you are able to recycle the unit. In addition it is a "Green Pump" in that it can be shared between mothers. This is a great feature if you plan on lending it to a sister or friend in between pregnancies or if you plan on selling it after you're done. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and wanted to spread the word! Breastfeeding can be a huge challenge and the Hygeia pump makes it a much easier experience. Please feel free to email me if you have any further questions about my experience with the pump: ecp9@mac.com.

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