Tuesday, November 17, 2009

film scrutinizes breastfeeding culture

A new film, Formula Fed in America, publicly questions the health epidemics that the American population face today, linking these health issues to the decline of breastfeeding in our culture. The marketing of breast milk substitutes has severely endangered the biological normality of breast milk. Formula Fed in America brings into the spotlight how people view breastfeeding mothers, wholeheartedly accept breast milk substitutes as "normal," and pinpoints on how "money, power, and influence mean that few people understand the critical importance of our first food, breast milk."

Formula Fed in America is currently filming and is due to be released Spring 2010, and includes interviews with two of my favorite staunch breastfeeding supporters, Dr. Jack Newman, founder of the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute, located in Toronto, and anthropologist Kathryn Dettwyler, PhD. The following is a preview of the film. It seems like it will be The Business of Being Born of breastfeeding!

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  1. Hello dear... I'm not quite sure why, but your blog was listed as a referral in my sitemeter. At any rate, I thought I'd come over here to pay you a visit, and I am so glad I did. My children are mostly grown, but I wish you had been my next door neighbor when they were little... I am a former LLL leader, practiced child led weaning and "wore" all of my babies= sometimes several at a time;) Back in the day, the folks in my small rural town thought I was a trifle odd; loveable to be sure, but definitely weird. Well, they probably still think I'm a bit unique, but it has nothing to do with my parenting choices, lol.

    Keep on honey... I have to say I don't regret a moment of nurturing my children, a single time I said "no" to the usual conventional ways of doing things. In fact, if I had it to do over again I would give myself over to my small ones ever more wholeheartedly. I've always said, that parenting is the one job where, once you get to the point where you really know what you are doing, you are ready for retirement;)

    Blessings to you and yours♥

  2. I'm delighted to see your blog for the first time today via a good friend and lactation consultant in England. Thanks for alerting your readers (including me) to the upcoming film, "Formula fed in America". It sounds like the kind of story I regularly do my best to draw folks' attention to. Keep up the great work and best wishes.

    Geneva, Switzerland