From the moment they share that they’re pregnant, most women are inundated with, “Breast is best” speeches about breastfeeding. Yet, while there’s plenty of research backing up breast milk as perfect baby nutrition with health benefits for mom and baby, few mothers manage to exclusively breastfeed for the recommended first six months, and even fewer breastfeed for a year or more. Why is this the case, and what might it take to improve these statistics? These are just a couple of the questions asked by first-time filmmaker Dana Ben-Ari in her documentary, Breastmilk. Executive produced by Ricki Lake and Filmmaker Abby Epstein (of The Business of Being Born and More Business of Being Born fame) the film takes a deeper look at the questions, controversy, rage, stress and passion the mere act of breastfeeding ignites. Throughout the film, Ben-Ari follows a diverse group of expectant parents in NYC from pregnancy through the first year of parenthood to see how breastfeeding impacts their life, while an additional cast of health experts weighs in as well. Considering issues such as public breastfeeding bans, peer criticism, minimal support for mothers and more, this is a film all families and women and baby advocates and caregivers should see. You can pre-order a DVD now and/or download the film at the Breastmilk website August 5th.

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