Medela will donate breast pumps to russian regions for free

The charitable action is aimed at supporting breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is a must for babies and mothers. In order to safely grow and develop, in the first six months of his life the child must exclusively breast milk.

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, hypertension, leukemia, etc. in a child in the future. In premature infants, the incidence and severity of infectious diseases decreases, and children with breastfeeding are less likely to have sudden deaths. In addition, natural feeding favorably influences the formation of the central nervous system of the child, harmonizes mental and physical development. Breastfeeding is also beneficial for the mother, because it avoids many postpartum complications: faster uterine contraction, reduced risk of bleeding. For women who breast-fed for at least 3 months, the risk of breast and ovarian cancer is reduced by half.

However, in Russia only 42.1% of children from three to six months receive breast milk (data of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, 2013). And one of the reasons for premature termination of breastfeeding is a lack of milk from the mother.

Clinical breast pumps help stimulate lactation. These devices help and maintain lactation in the event that in the first days and weeks of life the baby for some reason can not eat mother's milk (a premature newborn, the need to separate the mother and the baby, the illness of the mother or the child, etc.).

The Russian Association of Perinatal Medicine Specialists (RASM) and the Swiss company Medela, the world leader in the field of accessories for breastfeeding and medical products, signed a cooperation agreement.

Medela will donate clinical breast pumps of its production to obstetric and pediatric hospitals in several regions of Russia at no charge. The program is planned to be implemented in the following cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ufa, Samara, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, Novosibirsk, etc. The company will transfer at least 600 sets totaling more than 25 million rubles. The program will be completed by December 31, 2016.

The charitable action is aimed at supporting breastfeeding in hospitals, which is extremely important for the development and growth of the child. Medela's clinical breast pumps are designed to take into account the anatomical features of the maternal breast and have physiological pumping technology that mimics infant sucking.