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Mamava and Medela Pair Up to Support Breastfeeding
Melissa Gonzales, executive vice president of Americas for Medela LLC was joined by Mamava Co-founders Christine Dodson and Sascha Mayer for a ribbon cutting for the newest Mamava pod, placed at Medela’s U.S.-based offices in McHenry, Ill.

Melissa Gonzales, executive vice president of Americas for Medela LLC was joined by Mamava Co-founders Christine Dodson and Sascha Mayer for a ribbon cutting for the newest Mamava pod, placed at Medela’s U.S.-based offices in McHenry, Ill.


Medela and Mamava Join Forces to Support Working Families and Employers

McHenry, Ill., April 2, 2019 – Medela LLC, the #1 recommended breast pump brand*, and Mamava, the inventors of the first lactation pod, have announced a partnership that will make it easier for employers to provide the infrastructure, products, and services breastfeeding working moms need. The partnership will leverage the expertise of category leaders as a solution for employers seeking to better support their return-to-work employees after maternity leave, and will amplify Mamava’s and Medela’s missions to change cultural perception toward breastfeeding and improve outcomes for mothers and babies.

“Working moms are the backbone of the American economy, yet they have not been fully supported. We’re thrilled to partner with Mamava on solutions that address the needs of moms during a critical transition back to work after the birth of baby,” said Melissa Gonzales, executive vice president of Americas for Medela. “Mamava’s commitment to improving the breastfeeding and pumping experience for today’s mothers is essential to shifting the conversation around breastfeeding. We are proud to partner with Mamava to unite their much-needed space solutions and our research-based product portfolio to improve the support available to breastfeeding moms in the workplace.”

“Medela’s product expertise, research and advocacy around human milk science and lactation has been critical to the support of breastfeeding mothers as both public policy and the American workplace culture evolves,” says Sascha Mayer, CEO and co-founder of Mamava. “Their partnership is an incredible opportunity to assist companies and the new mothers they employ with recruitment, increasing employee retention rates, and most importantly, improving health outcomes for mother and baby. Our partnership with Medela will amplify our efforts to make more mothers successful in meeting their breastfeeding goals.”

Medela and Mamava marked the start of their partnership with a ribbon cutting for the newest Mamava pod, placed at Medela’s U.S.-based offices, in McHenry, Illinois.

About Medela LLC

Medela’s US-based manufacturing and development facility is headquartered in McHenry, Illinois. Every year, more than one million mothers in the U.S. rely on Medela’s technology. As the #1 breast pump brand*, Medela provides the best in research-based breast milk feeding products and clinical education to support moms’ breast milk feeding journey. The company is fully dedicated to supporting mothers so that they can provide breast milk to their baby for as long as they choose. For more information, visit

About Mamava

Based in Burlington, VT, Mamava is the expert in lactation space design, thoughtfully designing solutions for breastfeeding moms on-the-go. With both analog and digital products, Mamava celebrates and supports the 21st century breastfeeding mama. Mamava is mama-owned, made in America, and a proud member of the B Corp community. The Mamava app, free for iOS and Android, helps moms find pumping and breastfeeding-friendly locations (never a bathroom!), unlocks Mamava pods with the proprietary smart technology, and delivers useful breastfeeding content. To learn more about buying or requesting a Mamava pod, visit

*IQVIA, using ProVoice Survey; Oct-Nov 2018.

Medela wordmark and logo are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

CONTACT: Ann Pechaver [email protected] 802-578-7512

Even Rocket Scientists Can’t Figure Out How to Support Women at Work

March 26, 2019

It’s quiet news, but it’s big news. Today NASA canceled the first ever all-female spacewalk. Not because of concerns for safety. Or technology. Or astronaut preparedness.

But because the two astronauts scheduled for the mission, Anne C. McClain and Christina H. Koch, both need a size medium “torso component.” And the International Space Station only has one.

So history will not be made any time soon. Or not until they get more size medium spacesuits.

The bigger story is that despite the fact that women are almost half of the American workforce—and many women are the primary earners in their households—the world of work has not kept pace.

Our institutions, tools, and spaces have a built-in bias towards male bodies. The work we do, the uniforms we wear, and the spaces our bodies need are different. That doesn’t mean not equal... it means different.

What other discoveries or inventions or history-making events aren’t happening because of implicit male bias?

Supporting women in the workforce means asking new questions. It means asking women what they need to do their job and then making sure they have that. It means thinking differently about office space design and what is the “norm” for employees. It means being inclusive when it comes to providing uniforms, tools, and spaces that work for women in the workplace.

Here at Mamava, we do this every day.

Mamava designs solutions to empower breastfeeding and pumping mamas on the go, like our freestanding lactation pods and lactation space locator app.