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Medela Helps Employers Create Supportive Environment for Breastfeeding
Date:5/10/2010

MCHENRY, Ill., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In support of National Women's Health Week, Medela today announced the availability of resources and services to help employers create a supportive workplace for nursing mothers.  With corporations now required to provide nursing mothers breaks to express breastmilk under the new Patient Protection and Affordability Act signed by President Obama, Medela's Corporate Lactation program offers companies direction on setting up a successful program to benefit mothers, babies and their businesses.  

"Creating a supportive environment for breastfeeding is important to businesses and to the health of the mothers they employ. Our Corporate Lactation program helps employers not only adhere to the new requirements, but to go above and beyond to encourage breastfeeding," said Carolin Archibald, vice president, Medela Breastfeeding Division.  "In addition to the well-documented benefits to babies, breastfeeding helps mothers return to their pre-pregnancy state faster and reduces their risk of osteoporosis and breast and ovarian cancers -- health benefits that are particularly top of mind now as we act as a National Women's Health Week partner."  

The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, and the National Business Group on Health have documented the benefits of a work environment supportive of breastfeeding.  Successful corporate lactation programs help reduce turnover and absenteeism, improve employee morale, reduce sick time taken for children's illnesses, and lower health care and insurance costs.

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