About Medela

Breastfeeding…the Very Heart of Our Business
Medela’s primary focus is breastfeeding…by helping moms to successfully breastfeed their babies and to do so for as long as they choose. Meeting this goal responsibly is at the heart of everything we do. 


Destiny Statement
Medela’s Breastfeeding Division exists to enhance mother and baby health through the life-giving benefits of breastmilk.

 

Breastfeeding Support Pledge

 

"We pledge our dedication to breastfeeding as the best nutrition for babies and families.  We further pledge that our breastfeeding accessory products and literature shall never be used to influence mothers to switch from breastfeeding to infant formula feeding.  Nor shall our breastfeeding accessory products and literature be used in any way to promote artificial baby milk."

       - Olle Larsson, Founder of Medela
 

Medela Position Statements & Addendums

Medela's Commitment to Breastfeeding & Breastmilk
Medela supports the WHO Code’s call for commitment to breastfeeding and breastmilk as the optimal nutrition for the growth, development and health of babies. With an extensive portfolio of breastpumps, Medela also offers breastmilk feeding products that help moms provide expressed breastmilk back to their babies. While the WHO Code prohibits the marketing of feeding bottles and teats to mothers, Medela is acting on our responsibility to increase, rather than limit information supplied directly to mothers that helps them make informed decisions on products that can increase their breastfeeding duration. Medela’s breastmilk bottles come in a variety of sizes and are made with BPA-free plastic. In line with the AAP Guidelines on introducing bottle feeding, Medela is pleased to offer a system for feeding breastmilk once breastfeeding is well established. The combination of our breastpumps, specialty feeding devices, conventional feeding systems, and breastfeeding accessories helps Medela realize our obligation and commitment to mothers by offering products to support their complete breastfeeding experience.
 

Medela Company History
Founded in 1961 in Zug, Switzerland by Olle Larsson, Medela continues to grow under the ownership of the Larsson family today. Medela serves its customers through 18 subsidiaries distributing to over 90 countries worldwide. Medela’s U.S. subsidiary, Medela, Inc., has been serving the American market for nearly 30 years.

 

Medela’s commitment to quality products and supportive programs has made the company the industry leader and the primary supplier of breastpumps to healthcare facilities in the United States.

Medela is the first manufacturer in the United States to develop a workplace program to meet the needs of working mothers. Through the Corporate Lactation Program, businesses support breastfeeding employees and their families by providing breastfeeding counseling and breastpumps in an accessible, private, pleasant location. This program has been instrumental in making American businesses more "nursing-mother-friendly" with programs in major corporate firms.

 

Medela Products
Medela offers a variety of breastpumps to meet every mom’s needs. In addition, Medela also offers a wide range of breastfeeding accessories that support and enhance the breastfeeding experience: 

Commitment to Quality, Research & Innovation 
For over 30 years, Medela has set the standards of excellence in our field in the US and in doing so, raises the bar for the rest of the industry. Our dedication to excellence in quality and safety, improving knowledge through research, and appropriate use of technological developments confirms our leadership position and is what enables Medela to offer the highest quality products available.
 
Medela’s quality system is ISO 13485 certified, and we further strive to improve our products and services through a continuous quality assurance and improvement process. Learn more about ISO 13485 certification.
 
We are committed to quality and to meeting the requirements of our customers. We do this by establishing quality plans and monitoring our quality management systems.
 
 
Commitment to Protecting the Environment 
 
 
While Medela, Inc. promotes breastfeeding as the most natural and ecologically-friendly way to support the environment - in addition to enhancing mother and baby health - Medela is also committed to protecting the environment and reducing solid waste.
 
A fundamental part of Medela's commitment to the environment includes participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) innovative WasteWise program, the country's first national voluntary solid waste reduction program. WasteWise encourages organizations to reduce municipal solid waste through waste prevention, recycling and buying or manufacturing recycled products. WasteWise partners have saved thousands, even millions, of dollars in purchasing costs and waste disposal fees by reducing, reusing and recycling solid waste materials.
 
As a WasteWise member since 2009, Medela has established new waste prevention activities and expanded and improved its current recycling efforts. The programs initiated as part of participation in WasteWise will build on the successes of Medela's established waste prevention and recycling efforts.
 
 
Commitment to Advocacy
As a Business Council Member, Medela is proud to collaborate with the National WIC Association and its membership to ensure the continuing success of the WIC program.
 
The National WIC Association (NWA) is the non-profit education arm and advocacy voice of the Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the over 9 million mothers and young children served by WIC and the 12,000 service provider agencies who are the front lines of WIC's public health nutrition services for the nation's nutritionally at-risk mothers and young children. NWA is the proactive voice supporting, inspiring and empowering the WIC community through creativity, teamwork and leadership to serve America's low-income, high-risk women, infants and children.
 
 
Medela Company Philosophy 
"Looking at nature is not a fashion trend - but the most fascinating story ever to be discovered.  Spending time to look at natural behavior and then using what you have learned to develop something truly helpful for mother and baby lasts more than a lifetime."
Olle Larsson, Founder of Medela
 
 
 
Awards & Recognition 

Medela is consistently recognized as an innovation leader. See awards earned by Medela