Lactation education

Medela brings together the best lactation and breastfeeding experts from

Baar, Switzerland, Sept. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Medela, a leading breast pump brand and medical device manufacturer, today announced its 15and The Global Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium focused on advancing the science of lactation to improve care will take place on Tuesday September 21 and Wednesday September 22, 2021. For the first time, this event will be virtual and will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. CET / 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET daily.

In his 15and year, Medela’s Global Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium will bring together world-renowned breastmilk and lactation experts to share their latest findings and research ideas. This year, maternity and infant care health professionals around the world are encouraged to participate

  • advance the science of lactation and the understanding of protecting breastmilk and breastfeeding in a COVID-19 world,
  • advance clinical standards of care for breastfeeding, and
  • translating evidence into practice to improve outcomes.

“The critical nature of breastfeeding has become increasingly evident during the pandemic, making the research shared at this symposium even more important,” said Annette Brüls, CEO of Medela Worldwide. “This unique event reflects our commitment to transforming science into care and fostering health for generations. We believe that uniting today’s top experts with passionate maternal and child health professionals is essential to advancing breastfeeding research and improving lactation care worldwide.

Breastfeeding is essential for short- and long-term infant health, preventing acute infections and programming a lower risk of chronic diseases. Despite the wealth of information on the benefits to mother and infant, breastfeeding rates remain low globally, at just 41%.1

“Translational research is essential in the field of human lactation if we are to engage science in solving the issues facing breastfeeding women and their babies,” explained Professor Donna Geddes from the University of Western Australia. . Among others, Professor Geddes will present her latest research review on using a biological systems approach to provide a holistic knowledge platform to achieve better health outcomes for the next generation at the symposium.

The two-day virtual event features talks and discussions from experts around the world showcasing their latest research findings, including:

  • DR. ROSALINA BARROSO (PRT) | Increasing breastmilk dose in the NICU: a quality improvement approach
  • TEACHER. LARS BODE (United States) | Breastmilk safety assessment at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • DR. DANI DUMITRIU (USA) | The impact of COVID-19 on breastfeeding
  • TEACHER. CHRISTOPH FUSCH (DEU) | Optimization of nutritional intake in NICU
  • TEACHER. DONNA GEDDES (AUS) | A 25-year journey into human lactation, from discovery to translation
  • HIS EXCELLENCY TOYIN SARAKI (NGA) | The Sub-Saharan Effect: COVID-19, Maternal and Newborn Health, and Community-Based Approaches to Building Back Better
  • TEACHER. PAULA MEIER (USA) | Initiation breast pump technology: integration of clinical scholarship and basic scientific research; best practices for initiating lactation in the NICU
  • DR. REBECCA POWELL (USA) | The protective effect of breast milk against COVID-19
  • KIMBERLY SEALS ALLERS (USA) | Understanding Bias Experiences in African American Women’s Hospital Lactation Support and BIPOC: Evidence from an 18-Month IRTH Project Study
  • TEACHER. DIANE SPATZ (USA) | A Call to Action: Ensuring Volume for All Breastfeeding Parents
  • TEACHER. SHUPINGHAN (CHN) | Practices for Continuous Quality Improvement of Very Low Birth Weight Breastmilk Feeding
  • TEACHER. HANS VAN GOUDOEVER (NLD) | Recommendations for clinical practice to preserve and promote breastfeeding, today and tomorrow

Registration2 for the two-day event costs 60 EUR (70 USD). To ensure participation and enhance accessibility, professionals from low-income countries and members of non-profit, non-governmental organizations are invited to participate free of charge by following the instructions on the event website. Allocating all event costs and bolstered by funding from Medela Cares, Medela is committed to supporting 60 Ronald McDonald Houses® sites around the world with breastfeeding supplies by the end of 2022, in honor of the 60and birthday. This donation will include a hospital-grade (multi-user) Symphony® breast pumps, kits and breastfeeding accessories for use by families with breastfeeding needs to ensure parents stay at a Ronald McDonald House® have one less thing to worry about.

Attendees will have access to live events and poster sessions on both days and direct interaction with industry experts and peers. All presentations will be available on demand until June 2022 and offered in English, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish. For participants in the United States and Canada, CE credits are available.

To learn more about the Global Symposium on Breastfeeding and Lactation, visit www.medela.com/symposium. Follow the conversation on social media using #AdvancingBreastfeedingResearch.

About Medela

By advancing research, observing natural behaviors and listening to our customers, Medela is transforming science into care while promoting health for generations. Medela supports millions of mothers, babies, patients and healthcare professionals in more than 100 countries around the world. As the healthcare choice for more than 6 million hospitals and homes worldwide, Medela offers research-based breastfeeding and baby products, healthcare solutions for hospitals and clinical training. Medela is dedicated to achieving better health outcomes, simplifying and improving lives, and developing breakthroughs that help moms, babies and patients live their lives to the fullest. For more information, visit www.medela.com.


1 La Leche League International: World Health Day 2021: Improving global breastfeeding practices. World Health Day 2021: Improving global breastfeeding practices | La Leche League International (llli.org)

2 Registration fees are not a donation and are not tax deductible