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Breastmilk (The Movie) Is Coming To Your Laptop This August

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Photos Courtesy of Breastmilk

By now, you’ve probably heard about the movie Breastmilk (if not, here’s the trailer). But, unless you lived in a few select cities that it was screened in, chances are, you haven’t actually seen it yet. Well, that’s about to change, mamas!

Mark your calendars for August 5th, when the thought-provoking film by The Business of Being Born‘s Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein is set to hit leading digital platforms like iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Instant Video. (You can pre-order the film and access bonus features here.) 

So, what can you expect once you download and hit play? The documentary follows several mothers from different cultural and financial backgrounds before they have their children, getting their views on breastfeeding and how they imagine it will go for them. Then, we see the mothers caught in the full throes of motherhood. Of course, as Murphy’s Law would have it, the mothers hell-bent on breastfeeding their newborns are often the ones who develop problems not allowing them to do it their way. We see them struggle, and feel their pain.

Meanwhile, we get an insider’s glimpse into the federal WIC program, which supports low-income mothers and supplies them with formula, as well as hear interviews with researchers that give us perspective on the politically loaded feeding issue.

We have to say, after seeing the film, we were pleasantly surprised that the message felt somewhat balanced (although, an obvious pro-breastfeeding thread ties it all together), allowing the women’s stories to speak for themselves and uncover the feeding drama that often makes those turbulent newborn months (and beyond) even more emotionally taxing and chaotic.

Oh, and speaking of newborns…you get to see a bunch of them, all snuggly and perfect. Those opening frames alone are worth a watch.

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