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Medela to Partner with Office on Women's Health for National Women's Health Week


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Claudette Yasell
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Medela to Partner with Office on Women’s Health for National Women’s Health Week 
 
MCHENRY, Ill., May 11, 2012 – In honor of Mother’s Day and nursing women everywhere, Medela, Inc. announces its partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health for the observance of National Women’s Health Week, May 13-19. A long-time champion of breastfeeding, Medela is proud to support this weeklong initiative to celebrate and empower women to make their health a top priority.
 
“Supporting the health and breastfeeding journey of moms and babies is at the heart of everything we do,” said Carolin Archibald, president of Medela. “Breastfeeding has health benefits not only for babies, but for their moms as well. Medela is excited to once again partner with the National Women’s Health Week to promote the health and well-being of women everywhere.”
 
Throughout the week, Medela will be sharing health tips for women online via its social media channels and Medela Moments blog. Additionally, Medela will host a live chat with breastfeeding advocate and lactation counselor Julie Hamilton on Wednesday, May 16 at 10am Central Time. For more information on the live chat, please visit:
 
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breastfeeding can reduce mom’s risk of type II diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and post-partum depression. For Medela, supporting women’s health is a priority not just during National Women’s Health Week, but throughout the year. Since its inception, Medela has demonstrated a commitment to research designed to support breastfeeding mothers and their babies. This dedication to breastfeeding science can be seen in Calma, a research-based nipple used with a BPA-free breastmilk bottle designed to help babies to maintain their natural feeding behavior and transition from bottle back to breast with ease. Calma is the first breastmilk feeding solution based on new breastfeeding science of milk removal from the breast. Research was also the foundation of the Symphony Preemie+ pumping suction pattern for the hospital grade breastpump. Through research, Medela discovered the addition of this unique pumping pattern can help mothers of premature infants pump nearly 75% more breastmilk over the first 14 days after birth than mothers who did not use the pattern. By using this unique pumping pattern, mothers can pump more milk during this critical time, helping their fragile babies tolerate feedings and ward off infections and other serious complications.
 
 
For more information on National Women’s Health Week, please visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/.
 
 
About Medela
Medela provides the most technologically advanced breastpumps and breastfeeding accessories to nursing mothers around the world. A long-time 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 facilities worldwide.
 
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 personal breastpumps; breastfeeding accessories such as breast care products and specialty feeding devices. Most recently, 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.
 
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 Australia, the Benelux countries, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain, Sweden, Poland and Switzerland. www.medela.com
 
 
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