I read the article. And I followed the links to the ILCA and LLL information about these organizations severing ties to Medela. Then, I visited the Medela website. Everything I find there is completely, totally, 100% supportive of breastfeeding - meaning mothers lactate, babies get breastmilk - whether it comes out by nursing or with a pump. When a mother pumps, for whatever reason, the milk has to be fed to the baby with something. Usually a bottle.
The first FAQ on their website - apparently they haven't edited it yet - is :
"Why do I find so few references to bottles? ” Answer:
Medela, in accordance with the World Health Organization code, sells containers to store milk. Medela does not carry "bottles" which imply a feeding device. "http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com...ces-to-bottles
So, in the past, I suppose they have not sold bottles specifically so they can be compliant with this code....because apparently bottles are anti-breastfeeding, even if you pumped the milk to fill them. IMO this is ridiculous hair-splitting logic...that a company that manufactures one of the best pumps on the market, that has helped so many moms continue breastfeeding, shouldn't also
sell bottles, because selling bottles wouldn't be supportive of breastfeeding
, even though they are a necessary device for getting the pumped
milk into the baby...
To me the "issue" here smacks of the knee-jerk "bottles are automatically bad" sentiment that I felt so irritated
by when I was a pumping mom.
When you go to the product page for the bottles on the Medela website:http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com...ttle-set---8oz
The bottles are labeled as "breastmilk bottles" and there is a nice paragraph about their "supporting the WHO Code’s call for commitment to breastfeeding and breastmilk as the optimal nutrition for the growth, development and health of babies." One phrase in the paragraph is "Medela is committed to also offer solutions that help moms feed their expressed breastmilk back to their babies."
That pumped milk is likely going be fed from some company's bottle. I don't personally see that there is anything wrong with a pump manufacturer also selling high quality bottles. More moms are NOT going to stop breastfeeding only because there was another brand of bottle on the shelf at the store.