Medela Supports National Prematurity Awareness Month

November 28, 2012

More than half a million babies are born prematurely each year in the US. For these babies, breast milk feeding can play a critical role in their growth, recovery and survival. More specifically, breast milk feeding can reduce the length of hospital stays, incidents of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), ear infections, serious respiratory tract infections and gastroenteritis.

To honor the March of Dimes National Prematurity Awareness Month, we reintroduced our Virtual Human Milk Collection Campaign to support NICUs, where we will donate $30,000 in neonatal breastfeeding support products – $5000 to each of six winning hospitals. Our goal is to support preemie care and help your local NICU continue to provide superb care for babies in need. We’ve already seen an incredible response, but there’s still time for you to nominate and vote for an NICU near you.

Did you have a great experience at your local NICU? Or do you work at a hospital that’s committed to excellent care for premature babies? Then, nominate an NICU today!

If you feel inspired by our mission, please share this program with others. Everyone can truly make a difference in these precious little ones’ lives.

6 thoughts on “Medela Supports National Prematurity Awareness Month

  1. alison gibbons says:

    My 26wker was born at the Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, TN, where he received stellar care during his 70 day stay. I would love to nominate them for this.

  2. i think that i should be able to nominate an NICU in Canada too, my son was born at 26wks we spent 85 days in the NICU and without them and the use of the medela pumps they made availible to me, i dont know what i would have done. I am greatful for the NICU the helped me and my baby boy, who will be turning 1 on december 1

    • Hi Elizabeth – We’re thrilled you and your baby received such great care. Unfortunately, this site is managed by Medela US, so all our programs are only open to US residents. Thanks for your interest.

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