Medela was founded in 1961 by Olle Larsson and is headquartered in Switzerland. Under the leadership of Olle Larsson’s son Michael, Medela has become a global player in breastfeeding products and medical vacuum technology thanks to continued research, innovation and the evaluation of customers' needs.
Medela has 18 subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia. Medela distributes its products in more than 100 countries, either directly or through independent partners. Medela has a staff of 1,740 worldwide, 440 of whom are located in Switzerland (as of 31 December 2016).
Medela is renowned for excellence in evidence-based research and for developing the most advanced breast pump technology. For more than 50 years, Medela has helped to enhance babies' health through the life-giving benefits of breast milk and supports mothers during their breastfeeding time. Medela works with experienced medical professionals and fosters collaborations with universities, hospitals and research institutions worldwide.
Since Medela’s foundation in 1961, supporting breastfeeding mothers has been at the heart of everything we do. Our founder, Olle Larsson, made this the centre of Medela’s mission when he wrote our Pledge to support breastfeeding in 1981:
“We pledge our dedication to breastfeeding as the best nutrition for babies and families. We further pledge that our breastfeeding accessory products and literature shall never be used to influence mothers to switch from breastfeeding to infant formula feeding. Nor shall our breastfeeding accessory products and literature be used in any way to promote artificial baby milk”.