Breastfeeding and Medela: Nursing for Earth

Medela Encourages Breastfeeding in Support of Earth Week

During Earth Week and throughout the year, Medela Inc, promotes breastfeeding as the most natural and ecological way to support the environment in addition to the benefits it provides to mother and baby health. Medela would like to acknowledge breastfeeding moms for doing their share in support of protecting the environment.

Breastmilk is the ultimate, nature-made whole food for baby. There are no preservatives or contaminants found in breastmilk and it is generally not processed or added to in any way. Breastfeeding also saves energy. When baby is able to feed directly from the breast, there is no need to use energy to warm the milk. It is prepared by breastfeeding moms at just the right temperature.

Breastfeeding at the breast is plastic-free and reduces waste. Bottles and packaging take energy to manufacture, promote and recycle, so whenever possible, feeding directly from the breast is the most efficient in terms of reducing waste and saving energy.

As a producer of breastpumps and breastfeeding accessories in support of breastfeeding moms around the country, Medela is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and has been a participant in the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WasteWise program since 2009. As a participant, Medela has established new waste prevention activities and improved its recycling efforts. According to WasteWise, Medela's emission reductions for 2011 are equivalent to the annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from 166 passenger vehicles or the annual emissions from the energy consumption of 82 households, to offer some perspective.

"In addition to promoting breastfeeding as the most natural way to support the environment, Medela is doing its part as an organization to reduce waste and increase recycling efforts," says Carolin Archibald, President, Medela Inc.

The WasteWise program has a broad and varied membership that reflects the makeup of corporate America. More than 1,100 organizations have joined WasteWise since 1994, demonstrating their leadership in finding cost-effective ways to reduce waste. WasteWise partners include many of the country's leading manufacturers, retailers and service firms, spanning more than 50 different industry sectors. The program also services federal, state and local governments, tribes, and other non-corporate institutions.