I had an opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary The Milky Way last night. I already knew a lot of the information presented in the film from my own education, but it the milky way
was nice to see it all put together in a easy to watch format. It did a great job of exploring why the United States is so far behind the rest of the world with breastfeeding success rates.

The movie was released on April 26th, 2014 and has been screened all over the United States. We have been lucky enough in North Iowa to have had the chance to view it twice, with the first showing held during the North Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition meeting in March. According to the foundation’s website, it will be released for public viewing on May 5th.

I would recommend that all moms, health care providers, and tax payers watch this documentary. My favorite part was the inclusion of the statistic that $13 billion could be saved each year if 90% of mothers breastfed for 6 months, but currently only 15% are. That is so sad for me, and moms need the support to make that happen. Babies deserve it, and the state of our future generations depend on it.

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