Hard Rock Hotel Chicago Launches Nursing Mothers Amenity Program With Medela

Chicago (May 8, 2013) – Hard Rock Hotel Chicago has developed the Nursing Mothers Amenity Program to better meet the unique needs of guests who are breastfeeding or 'pumping' while traveling.  The thoughtful in-room amenities will be available starting Mother’s Day (May 12, 2013), with proceeds from the program benefitting local families of children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago through The Jackson Chance Foundation, an Illinois non-profit dedicated to providing support to NICU families, allowing them to spend more time with their baby.

Medela, the number one choice of hospitals and mothers, has partnered with the leading Chicago hotel to provide a hospital grade Symphony breastpumps and breastfeeding Accessory Starter Sets, which include: Quick Clean™ Micro Steam™ Bags, Quick Clean Wipes, Pump and Save™ Bags and Disposable Bra Pads.  In addition, the Nursing Mothers Amenity Program also features convenient in-room amenities such as microwaves, mini-refrigerators, ice packs for transportation and mini cooler bags.
The Nursing Mothers Amenity Program costs $30, with proceeds directly benefiting local families with children in Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago through The Jackson Chance Foundation.
“We created the Nursing Mothers Amenity Program in hopes of making travel a little bit easier on the already busy mom,” said Carrie Meghie, EVP of Becker Ventures and General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.  “By supplying many of the items breastfeeding mothers need, not only will Hard Rock Hotel Chicago be helping mothers that are staying with us, but proceeds from the Nursing Mothers Amenity Program will benefit families with children in the NICU at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago through The Jackson Chance Foundation.” 
The hotel's concierge staff is also trained with the know-how to source additional nursing-specific requests such as FedExing expressed milk.
"Support from the community is so critical to moms who are trying to breastfeed," said Carolin Archibald, president of Medela, Inc. “We are proud to partner with Hard Rock Hotel Chicago to help mothers who are traveling, in addition to the families at Lurie.”
The Jackson Chance Foundation has created and is funding the NICU Transportation Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The NICU Transportation Program will provide complimentary transportation to all families of NICU babies. To date, JCF has raised 25% of funds needed to launch the program.
In continued support of The Jackson Chance Foundation, this Mother’s Day, mothers and fathers of children in the NICU at Ann & Robert H. Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of Chicago will be offered a complimentary night stay at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and complimentary participation in the Nursing Mothers Amenity Program (subject to availability).
More information is available on the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago website: http://www.hardrockhotelchicago.com/nmap/index.html.
About The Jackson Chance Foundation
The Jackson Chance Foundation is an Illinois non-for-profit, tax exempt 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to providing resources to families with babies in the neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Our mission is to provide support to NICU families, allowing them to spend more time with their baby. By contributing to The Jackson Chance Foundation, you help families be with their critically ill child, thus enriching and potentially extending their life. 
About Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
Located on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago gives guests a hotel experience unlike any other with a combination of rich architectural legacy and contemporary amenities. Owned and operated by Becker Ventures, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago resides in the historic Carbide and Carbon Building and is one of Hard Rock International’s only urban locations. For more information on Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, visit www.hardrockhotelchicago.com or call 312-345-1000.
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, China, Poland and Spain. The company entered the United States more than 30 years ago; its U.S. headquarters are located in McHenry, Illinois. www.medela.com.
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