March 21, 2007: In light of research potentially linking BPA to health problems, Medela, the world’s leading manufacturer of breastpumps, issued a reminder today that all its breast shields and collection containers/bottles have always been made of polypropylene, a durable BPA-free plastic.
All existing research endorses the safety of polypropylene for breast milk collection, storage and feeding products. Products made of polypropylene, such as Medela’s breast shields and bottles, are easy to identify because the BPA-free plastic is slightly cloudier and more flexible. Polycarbonate is a hard, crystal clear plastic that contains BPA.
BPA is an industrial chemical used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastic and has been shown to be potentially harmful to human health. It has been in the news recently in conjunction with a meeting earlier this month of an independent panel of 15 scientists convened by the National Institute of Environmental Health and Sciences to evaluate scientific literature about BPA.
“As the industry leader in breastpumping and breastfeeding, Medela is committed to always doing what is best for moms and babies,” said Carolin Archibald, vice president of marketing. “That is why Medela products that come into direct contact with breast milk, including all our breast shields and bottles, have always been made with BPA-free polypropylene plastic.”
For more information about Medela and our breastpumps and breastfeeding accessories, please visit our Web site at www.medela.com.
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 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.
Medela introduced 2-Phase Expression®, the only research-based breastpump technology that mimics a baby’s nursing rhythm, resulting in faster let-down and milk flow. Most recently, Medela began distributing the Creamatocrit Plus™, a hospital-grade tool that provides quick and easy information on the lipid concentration and caloric content of breastmilk so a nursing mother can rest assured that their infant is getting the necessary calories.
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 12 subsidiaries in the United States, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and Spain. The company entered the United States more than 25 years ago; its U.S. headquarters are located in McHenry, Illinois.
For more information, call Medela at 1-800-435-8316 or visit www.medela.com.
Creamatocrit Plus is a trademark of Separation Technology, Inc.