MCHENRY, Ill., Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Medela, Inc. announced today the launch of its enhanced Medela At Work online resource (MedelaAtWork.com) for both breastfeeding mothers who are planning to return to work and their employers. Transitioning back to work after having a baby can be a challenging time for moms who want to continue to provide breast milk to their babies. In fact, many end their breastfeeding journeys because of lack of time and other limitations that occur after returning to work.1
Medela is committed to supporting women in their breastfeeding journeys for as long as they choose, and that includes when they return to work.
"Over the past year, we found moms sharing tips and tricks, informally with each other, for going back to work and breastfeeding. This inspired us," said Melissa Gonzales, managing director at Medela. "Medela at Work includes that mom-tested advice, like a back-to-work checklist and tips for talking to your employer about your desire to continue breastfeeding. Employers eager to help their breastfeeding employees ease the back-to-work transition were also seeking suggestions and examples regarding best-in-class mother's rooms in the workplace. We believe that fully informed employers and moms together equal success."
MedelaAtWork.com includes great resources for moms and for their employers including:
Resources for Moms
MyPumpBag: An interactive breast pump bag showing the essential items to pack when pumping at work.
MyRights: State-by-state breastfeeding and pumping laws and regulations.
MyPlan: Printable resources to help plan, organize and prepare a back-to-work transition, including a back-to-work checklist and tips for talking to an employer about breastfeeding.
Resources for Employers
The Pumping Room: An interactive viewpoint of a sample nursing room featuring recommended must-haves from breastfeeding experts.
Resource Library: A library of downloadable resources for employers to provide to their new moms who are returning to work, such as talking points for mom and her employer, a back-to-work checklist and "do not disturb" doorknob signs.
Founded in 1961 by Olle Larsson and headquartered in Switzerland, Medela today is led by his son Michael Larsson. Medela concentrates on two business units: "Breastfeeding", which is leading in the development and production of breastfeeding products, and "Healthcare", which engineers and manufactures highly innovative medical vacuum technology solutions. Medela conducts basic research in partnership with leading scientists, medical professionals and universities, and uses the research results in the development of its products. Medela has 18 subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia, and together with independent partners distributes its products in more than 90 countries. The company employs over 1,500 staff worldwide, 330 of whom are located in the Canton of Zug, Switzerland.
For more information, visit www.medela.com.
1 Kozhimannil KB, Jou J, Gjerdingen DK, McGovern PM. Access to Workplace Accommodations to Support Breastfeeding after Passage of the Affordable Care Act. Women Health Iss. 2015 Sep 9. pii: S1049-3867(15)00117-6.
SOURCE Medela, Inc.