Every Drop Counts: Medela Partners with World-Class Fitness Trainer Kayla Itsines to Bring Awareness to the Commitment Breast Milk Feeding Requires
Baar, Switzerland, January 27, 2023. Medela, the brand trusted by millions of moms1, announced a social collaboration with fitness trainer and global influencer Kayla Itsines to support her breastfeeding journey with her second baby, born in January of this year. The global partnership intends to elevate the individual breastfeeding feeding journey of new parents and highlight the critical role that breast milk plays in maternal and infant health and development.
“I was first introduced to Medela in the hospital after the birth of my daughter, Arna. It felt like a lifesaver when my milk came in. I was able to express, measure everything and honestly, I felt so organised. With running a business, the Medela products allowed everyone in my family to help us and feed Arna while I worked. Now, I’m so excited to partner with them as I begin my feeding journey with my son, Jax,” says Kayla Itsines. “I honestly feel Medela is a brand that cares passionately about supporting mothers and babies and I know first-hand how important it is to have the right products available. With the launch of their new Hands-free Breast Pump, I’m excited to share how Medela helps me with my feeding goals as a busy mum of now two.”
The collaboration will focus on the importance of breastfeeding support and highlight the unique features of Medela’s Freestyle Hands-free Breast Pump with the new Hands-free Collection Cups:
- Anatomically designed to optimize output and comfort. The Freestyle Hands-free Collection Cups are shaped to fit the lactating breast2 offering comfort while worn, without weighing down the breast. The in-bra cups also feature Medela’s patented 105-degree breast shield, shown to increase milk output3. Anatomically designed, the droplet shape offers better support where the most milk-making tissue exists4. The transparent design of the Hands-free Collection Cups allows mom to verify correct nipple alignment and offers visual confirmation of milk flow to optimize expression. This is critical given that the first milk ejection during pumping accounts for more than one-third of the total milk volume5,6, yet milk let-down during pumping is often not sensed7.
- Comfortably lightweight and discreet wearability. With each Hands-free Collection Cup weighing 76 g and the full system (pump and cups) less than 450g, it is one of the most lightweight in-bra systems in the market today. The new Hands-free Collection Cups can be worn with Medela's 3-in-1 Nursing & Pumping Bra and works with most other nursing bras, allowing mom to pump anytime, anywhere. The in-bra cups are uniquely shaped to fit and complement the anatomy of the lactating breast and provide comfort while worn, making for Medela’s most discreet pumping experience yet.
- Easy assembly with only 3 parts to clean. The full pump set including two Hands-free Collection Cups, four 105-degree shields in two different sizes, and two membranes – equalling only three parts per collection cup to wash (by hand or in dishwasher) and reassembled in three easy steps.
- Connect to reliable, research-based breastfeeding support. The Freestyle Hands-free Breast Pump connects with the award-winning Medela Family™ mobile app, to track pumping sessions, battery life, and freezer supply. Like a smart assistant for new parents, users can get trusted answers to their breastfeeding and pumping questions from the Medela Family personal helper – a virtual assistant created by certified lactation experts that references research-based insights and tips for breastfeeding success. Visit medela.com/medelafamily to access this free app and learn more.
“We are excited to work with Kayla and support her breastfeeding journey,” says Anita Treiber, chief marketing officer at Medela. “As a mother of two leading an active lifestyle, she is a perfect fit to use our new Freestyle Hands-free Breast Pump, our first wearable breast pump. The lightweight, anatomically shaped and transparent Hands-free Collection Cups not only help moms multitask, but when combined with Medela's patented 2-Phase Expression® technology and our research-based 105-degree breast shields, provide a superior hands-free pumping experience. We’re thrilled for Kayla to share her journey and elevate the importance of breast milk feeding with her followers around the world.”
The collaboration will take place on Kayla and Medela’s Instagram channels beginning today. Starting next Tuesday thru April 15, 2023, Medela Family app users will receive an exclusive discount to access a three-month free trial, then 30% off the ongoing monthly membership fee to Sweat, including articles and all programs, until suspension or cancellation. Most recently, Kayla launched her pregnancy and post-pregnancy program, designed to provide expectant and new moms with targeted fitness programs focused on their health and changing body needs.
Freestyle Hands-free Breast Pump is available through online and offline channels across Europe, the US and Australia, expanding to other markets later this year.
For more product-related information, visit medela.com/freestyle-handsfree.
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