Hygeia Petitions FDA to Protect Mothers Needing to Return Purchased Breastpumps

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Hygeia, a leading manufacturer of breastpumps, has petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review breastpump labeling which discourages consumers from returning purchased breastpumps. Many breastpump manufacturers have restrictive labeling that prohibits or discourages consumers from returning faulty or ineffective breastpumps back to the retailer.

Retail breastpumps can cost up to $399 and are typically labeled as

Hygeia, a leading manufacturer of breastpumps, has petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review breastpump labeling which discourages consumers from returning purchased breastpumps. Many breastpump manufacturers have restrictive labeling that prohibits or discourages consumers from returning faulty or ineffective breastpumps back to the retailer.

Hygeia CEO John Estill says, "We theorized that breastpump manufacturers might restrict product returns over concerns of retailer workers' exposure to breastmilk, a bodily fluid. But we found that the same breastpump manufacturers have no such restrictive labeling on inexpensive products, such as baby bottles which also come in contact with breastmilk."

Estill also notes that "Retail breastpumps can cost up to $399 and are typically labeled as "single user devices", meaning that mothers are instructed to discard the pumps after use." Estill adds, "Imagine spending $399 on a baby product, only to find it doesn't work for you, and the manufacturer restricts the store from taking it back, and further restricts you from reselling or donating it. Not all pumps work for all mothers. We feel that the burden should not be on the mother if the pump doesn't work for her."

Estill says, "With over 2 million women buying breastpumps every year, we thought consumers and manufacturers could benefit from a FDA review of return restrictions." The FDA has received the Hygeia Petition where it has been assigned docket #FDA-2009-P-0305, and is viewable at: http://www.hygeiababy.com/documents/HygeiaFDA-2009-P-0305-0001-1.pdf

About Hygeia - Mother's Milk… The Promise of Health™
At Hygeia, our mission is to support breastfeeding. We named our company after the Greek goddess of health because mother's milk is a timeless promise of health for babies. Hygeia excels in providing breastfeeding moms with a wide variety of quality products at affordable prices.

For more information on Hygeia, visit http://www.HygeiaBaby.com or dial 888 PUMP-4-MOM (888-786-7466) or 760- 918-0339

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