Medela Applauds IOM Recommendations


Recommendations Call for Coverage of Lactation Services & Rental Breastfeeding Equipment
McHenry, IL -- Medela applauds the Institute on Medicine for including lactation services and breastfeeding rental equipment in its recently released coverage recommendations on preventative services for women.
 “This is groundbreaking news for breastfeeding mothers and their infants nationwide.  We know that it isn’t always easy for moms to breastfeed.  Moms often need support and unfortunately cost can be a barrier to getting the support they need.  We are encouraged by this news and fully believe it will have a monumental impact on improving the health of future generations,” said Medela President Carolin Archibald.
The recommendations come as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) under which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services charged the IOM (Institute of Medicine) with researching, defining and reporting on recommendations for Preventative Health Care Services. 
The recommendation for coverage states:  Recommendation 5.6: Comprehensive lactation support and counseling and costs of renting breastfeeding equipment. A trained provider should provide counseling services to all pregnant women and to those in the postpartum period to ensure the successful initiation and duration of breastfeeding. (The ACA ensures that breastfeeding counseling is covered; however, the committee recognizes that interpretation of this varies.)
About Medela
Medela provides the most technologically advanced, superior-quality breastpumps and breastfeeding accessories to nursing mothers around the world. A longtime champion of breastfeeding, Medela is the only company to develop products based on research by the world’s leading lactation experts. As a result, Medela’s breastpumps are the number one choice of healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities worldwide, including more than 80 percent of U.S. hospitals.
Medela has developed an extensive line of products to meet the diverse needs of nursing mothers. These products include hospital-grade, double and single electric and manual breastpumps; breastfeeding accessories such as pump cleaning products, breast care products and specialty feeding devices; and maternity and nursing intimate apparel. 

Founded in 1961 by Olle Larsson in Zug, Switzerland, Medela continues to grow under the ownership of the Larsson family. Medela serves customers through a worldwide network of distribution partners in more than 90 countries and its 15 subsidiaries in the United States, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, Poland, China and Spain.   The company entered the United States more than 25 years ago; its U.S. headquarters are located in McHenry, Illinois.