The Heart of Our Business
Medela's primary focus is breastfeeding – by helping moms to successfully breastfeed their babies and to do so for as long as they choose. Meeting this goal responsibly is at the heart of everything we do.
Wisdom from Our Founder
"Looking at nature is not a fashion trend, but the most fascinating story ever to be discovered. Spending time to look at natural behavior and then using what you have learned to develop something truly helpful for mother and baby lasts more than a lifetime." –Olle Larsson
What Drives Us
- Our Mission
- Our Company
- Our Products & Services
- Our Commitment
Medela's destiny statement reads that we exist to enhance mother and baby health through the life-giving benefits of human milk.
Breast milk is amazing. It's life-giving and life-changing. Even in the smallest amounts. We know that moms are committed to breastfeeding-not only for the health benefits but because of the unique bond it creates. The power of breast milk is timeless, but the way moms make breastfeeding work has changed.
For more than 50 years, we've been dedicated advocates of breastfeeding moms. As the #1 breast pump brand*, Medela is committed to improving mom's breast milk pumping experience and her ability to successfully provide breast milk to her baby for as long as she chooses. Through intensive dialogue with healthcare professionals, patients, and consumers, we gain intimate understanding of their needs, and transform valuable knowledge into innovative products and services that make feeding with breast milk an easier reality.*QuintilesIMS ProVoice Survey; Nov-Oct 2016.
Founded in 1961 in Zug, Switzerland by Olle Larsson, Medela continues to grow under the ownership of the Larsson family today, concentrating 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.
Medela's US-based manufacturing and development facility is headquartered in McHenry, Illinois with an additional facility in Elgin, Illinois. Every year, more than one million mothers in the U.S. rely on Medela's technology. For more than 30 years, Medela has focused on providing the best in research-based breast milk feeding products and clinical education to support moms' breast milk feeding journey.
Medela offers award-winning and mom-favorite breast milk feeding products to meet the needs of every mom. Featuring the original and patented 2-Phase Expression® technology, Medela's breast pumps work more like breastfeeding babies to deliver the milk you need to provide for your baby. Learn more about Medela breast pumps.
We believe in the value of breast milk and support the WHO Code's call for commitment to breastfeeding and breast milk as the optimal nutrition for the growth, development, and health of babies. In line with the AAP Guidelines, Medela offers solutions for feeding breast milk once breastfeeding is well established, as part of our full product portfolio to support breast milk feeding for every mom and baby. See our breast milk feeding storage solutions.
We're proud to offer moms quality products they can count on. For more than three decades, Medela has set the standards of excellence in the U.S. and in doing so, raises the bar for the rest of the industry across the country. Medela LLC's quality system is ISO 13485 certified, and we strive to improve our products and services through a continuous quality assurance and improvement process. Learn more about ISO 13485 certification.
As part of our continued work to enhance mother and baby health through the life-giving benefits of human milk, Medela is proud to offer solutions to support retailers, durable medical equipment providers, insurance providers, healthcare professionals, and employer groups. Find out how to set up a new account.
At Medela, we support moms every step of the way – through their pregnancy, in the hospital and at home so they can give the best to their baby, every day.
Medela advocates for moms and babies to ensure a successful breast milk feeding journey and impact the long-term health of future generations and benefit the economic health of our society. To that end, Medela offers free educational resources and support such as MedelaAtWork.com, AskTheLC.com, and the MyMedela app to help moms be successful in reaching their breast milk feeding goals.
Breastfeeding disparities continue to exist in the United States, and Medela is committed to advocating for moms to help make a difference. Learn how Medela is helping to encourage breast milk feeding success in communities across the United States.
Medela has been serving WIC agencies for more than 20 years, supporting business relationships with WIC agencies in every state across the nation. Medela has served as a Business Council Partner for the National WIC Association (NWA), the non-profit education arm and advocacy voice of the Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) for the past nine years.
In addition to aligning with thought leaders and partners, Medela is actively engaged in educating Congress about the benefits of breast milk as a matter of public health. Medela has created a space for mothers across the United States to share their stories of how insurance-covered breastfeeding supplies or support have made a difference. Share your story to help Medela educate about the benefits of breast milk as a matter of public health.