The U.S. has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, despite
the fact it is the natural way to feed an infant. How did breastfeeding
become the exception rather than the norm in America? And what would it
take to restore this most natural act to its rightful place in our
The Milky Way follows two accomplished lactation
specialists, pediatric nurses Jennifer Davidson and Chantal Molnar, on a
journey to discover how pervasive formula marketing and the modern
challenges of motherhood changed the perception of breastfeeding in
America, and why in other countries breastfeeding remains the standard.
archival footage, ads and personal stories, the film shows how formula
companies launched a successful campaign that helped convince mothers to
trade in their breasts for baby bottles, which quickly became the
recognizable symbol of infancy.
Visiting several European
countries, Davidson and Molnar witness how these countries manage to
support breastfeeding mothers, recognizing that the physiology of the
infant and mother during nursing is health-promoting, as well as
protective. Their journey energizes them to seek to change the cultural
and political landscape back home in order to encourage women in America
to breastfeed their babies.
Davidson and Molnar advocate for
elevating new mothers to a place in our society where they receive the
necessary support to nurse their children, where scientific evidence
overrides formula marketing and other contemporary influences, and a
woman does not fear nursing in public.
Reviews and FestivalsREVIEWS
"Recommended. Makes a convincing case....Comprehensive."
– Video Librarian
“What Food, Inc. and Supersize Me did for the food industry, The Milky Way is going to do for breastfeeding in America.”
- Eve Burns
“The Milky Way helps us to understand the vital importance of breastfeeding. As a health education specialist in an academic medical center, I would love to see this movie shown in all OB offices around the country to help mothers understand that the best way to feed their babies is breastfeeding.“
– Marra Williams, CHES | Certified Health Education Specialist, UC Irvine Health
"The Milky Way is an incredible, impassioned, must see documentary that will change the way you see mothers and babies."
– Halle Berry
“The Milky Way follows the journey of two health professional as they try to untangle their own thoughts about the myths and facts of human bonding and breastfeeding. What results is a must-see movie that tells a powerful story about the way we live, love and care for our children. The Milky Way is both enlightening and beautiful to watch.”
– Tina Cardarelli, BS IBCLC, State Breastfeeding Coordinator, Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition
“The Milky Way is an incredibly important film. Through the film the viewer is taken on an awesome journey of understanding how breastfeeding impacts us all culturally and as a society. The Milky Way establishes breastfeeding, as it should be, as the cultural norm that supports woman and children in an optimal way.”
– Margie Deutch Lash, MSEd, IBCLC, E-RYT, co-author, The Stone Age Baby in a Techno Society
“The Milky Way is an eye-opening cross-cultural comparison of how social, commercial, and health care provider's attitudes can make a huge difference in the outcomes of breastfeeding success or failure. It brings to light the sometimes invisible but nonetheless real barriers that new mothers encounter, and that are created by our US healthcare systems and overriding commercial priorities.”
– Virginia Bernal, retired RN, IBCLC, UC Medical Center, Irvine
"Recommended. Very entertaining and informative.... recommended for any parent to be."
– Science Books and Films
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