Baby Thrift

When you donate baby, maternity, or nursing clothes to The Breastfeeding Center, those items are then offered at a reduced cost in Our Shop. And the proceeds go directly to allow us to offer free classes and consultations for families who cannot otherwise afford them.

Our hope with this new donation program is to help to keep some of these textiles and other materials from ending up in landfills, while offering DC families high-quality, gently-used items at a great price—all, knowing their purchase is also helping other families to access the breastfeeding care they need.

Drop-off gently-used clothing anytime we are open. Your donation is tax-deductible, and we will provide you with a receipt.

Items should be in season, gently used, stain and odor-free.
If the item has small parts, ALL parts must be included.
If the product requires batteries, working batteries must be included.
Items should be laundered, folded, and fit neatly into a bag.

Items we can accept (this list is evolving, so please email us at if you have questions about an item not seen here):
– baby clothing (newborn to toddler), including rain and snow gear
– shoes (up to size 2), including rain and snow boots
– sleep sacks
– swaddles
– blankets
– diaper bags
– cloth diapers
– baby carriers
– maternity/nursing clothing*

*For reasons you can imagine, we ask that all maternity clothing also have nursing access. And really, shouldn’t all maternity clothing be made to be used for more than just 9 months?

We cannot accept donations of the following items:
– nursing pillows
– books
– toys
– crib sets/cribs
– large swings that don’t fold up or break down (e.g. InGenuity)
– breast pumps
– walkers with wheels
– bottles
– nipples and pacifiers not new in packaging
– car seats
– bottle sanitizers
– plush toys
– shopping cart covers
– infant head rests

But many of the items we can’t accept ARE accepted by the DC Diaper Bank. And we are a drop-off point for them. See their full list here.

Speaking of the DC Diaper Bank, do you have disposable diapers your baby has outgrown? Bring them here! We will get them to the DC Diaper Bank, an amazing organization helping to provide a reliable source of free diapers to families in-need across the region.

Diapers are necessary and expensive. In DC, 44% of children under age three live in low-income families. In Maryland the number is 33%, and in Virginia 36% of three-year-olds share this reality. The cost of living in the DC metro area is the 8th highest in the country.

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