14 July 2017

Medela

2016

Medela commits—until September 2017—through its shared values initiative in India, to build and deliver education packages on the value of human milk and breastfeeding for all newborns; with a particular focus on babies born prematurely.

Medela will focus on lactation support for mothers when separated from their new-born and enhancing and standardizing hygiene safety as well as sustainable solutions surrounding the provision of human milk in the NICU. In addition, targeted education to healthcare professionals will support and improve initiation and duration of breastfeeding. Our overarching goal is to collaborate with in-country organizations, communities and education providers to foster and support the mind frame of breastfeeding as a public health imperative.

Commitment Progress

Medela’s Shared Values Initiative to support lactation and mother’s own milk feeding for the most vulnerable new-borns in Indian Public Hospital NICUs has positively impacted at risk babies and their mothers. Of the 5 Focus hospitals, all have reached optimal feeding of low birth weight, sick and preterm infants (own mother’s milk first then donor human milk) and successfully transition to at-breast feeding as soon as possible, these sites are proactively disseminating these teachings and quality improvement practices nation wide with limited oversite from Medela. This demonstrates a sustainable and Indian lead outcome of our original commitment. Medela will continue to support and update these trainings with the latest evidence based practice improvements as they develop and further assess expansion into other geographies.

2014

Medela commits through its shared values initiative in India to build and deliver education packages on the value of human milk and breastfeeding for all newborns; with a particular focus on babies born prematurely.

Medela will focus on lactation support for mothers when separated from their new-born and enhancing and standardizing hygiene safety as well as sustainable solutions surrounding the provision of human milk in the NICU. In addition, targeted education to healthcare professionals will support and improve initiation and duration of breastfeeding. Our overarching goal is to collaborate with in-country organizations, communities and education providers to foster and support the mind frame of breastfeeding as a public health imperative.