MCHENRY, Ill., Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Medela, LLC and the Boston Red Sox are proud to announce a partnership in support of breastfeeding moms. Medela is sponsoring a breastfeeding pod for all Red Sox home games as well as special events at Fenway Park.
"We are thrilled to provide this quiet, hygienic space at Fenway Park for breastfeeding moms," said Melissa Gonzales, Executive Vice President, North America for Medela. "We are committed to helping moms successfully breastfeed their babies for as long as they choose, and we're excited that our partnership with the Red Sox has made it possible to help moms at Fenway Park."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 percent of infants in the United States are still breastfeeding at 12 months, and adequate spaces and equipment are needed for moms to breastfeed or express milk to support their unique breastfeeding goals.i
The Medela-supported pod at Fenway Park has two spacious benches with room for a child or companion, a fold-down table, power outlets, and space for a stroller. The pod is provided in partnership with the Boston Red Sox and through the placement of a Mamava breastfeeding suite.
"We want everyone to enjoy their experience at Fenway Park, and we're proud to offer this designated private space for breastfeeding moms," said Red Sox Executive Vice President, Partnerships, Troup Parkinson. "One of our goals is to ensure Fenway Park is inclusive for all of our fans, and this is one way we can make sure moms don't feel like breastfeeding is an obstacle to attending and enjoying a game."
The Medela-supported pod is located at Fenway Park in the Kids' Concourse under the grandstand, near Sections 1-2. Families interested in using the pod can go to the Kid Nation Clubhouse for access to the suite. To learn more about Medela's efforts to support breastfeeding moms and education, visit www.Medela.com. In addition to the onsite support provided at Fenway Park, Medela invites all moms to join The Moms' Room and unlock a world of breastfeeding support, education, and tools for success. To sign up for free, visit www.MedelaMomsRoom.com. To learn about the nursing room at Fenway Park and other family services, visit the Boston Red Sox information guide.
Founded in 1961, Medela is led by Michael Larsson and concentrates on two business units: "Human Milk," providing research-based breast milk feeding solutions, and "Healthcare," engineering and manufacturing medical vacuum technology solutions. Medela is headquartered in Switzerland and has 18 subsidiaries, distributing its products to more than 100 countries throughout the world. For more information, visit www.Medela.com.
About Medela LLC
Medela's US-based manufacturing and development facility is headquartered in McHenry, Illinois. Every year, more than one million mothers in the U.S. rely on Medela's technology. As the #1 breast pump brand*, Medela provides the best in research-based breast milk feeding products and clinical education to support moms' breast milk feeding journey. The company is fully dedicated to supporting mothers so that they can provide breast milk to their baby for as long as they choose. For more information, visit www.MedelaBreastfeedingUS.com.
*QuintilesIMS ProVoice Survey; Nov-Oct 2017.
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i Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Breastfeeding Rates Continue To Rise. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0822-breastfeeding-rates.html. Accessed 29 August 2018.