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Latest Findings in Breastfeeding Science Presented at Medela's 7th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium
Date:4/23/2012

MCHENRY, Ill., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Medela convened the 7th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium in Vienna, Austria on April 20-21, 2012. The annual event, attended by an international audience of neonatologists, midwives and lactation consultants, highlighted the latest insights into breastfeeding science as part of Medela's long-term commitment to supporting breastfeeding women and their families through research and innovation. Notable research presented at the symposium included the latest scientific evidence on breastfeeding and medication; the unique properties of oligosaccharides in human milk; and the presence of stem cells in human milk.

"Medela is honored to support new research to help better understand the unique properties of human milk, and extremely pleased with the level and quality of research presented at this year's Symposium," said Leon Mitoulas, Head of Breastfeeding Research at Medela. "The areas of research discussed are highly compelling, and ever-evolving, and are of great importance to healthcare professionals and mothers alike."

Among the presenters was Thomas Hale, R.Ph., Ph.D., a Professor of Pediatrics and Assistant Dean of Research at Texas Tech University School of Medicine, who discussed the latest scientific advice around breastfeeding and medication, a topic that has become of growing concern to nursing mothers and their health care practitioners. Dr. Hale and his team estimate breastfeeding data is available for less than 33% of drugs available on the market today. To address this, they are researching the transfer mechanism of drugs into milk. Dr. Hale's initial research conclusions show that not all medications need to be stopped while breastfeeding, and effective alternatives can be taken, particularly in relation to anti-depressants and anti-psychotics.

Lars Bode, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics from the University of California, presented important findings about
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