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MILK Documentary Screening
Sat, 23 September 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM PDT
In partnership with filmblanc, the Telus Fund, Perinatal Services BC & the BC Baby Friendly Network, La Leche League Surrey is proud to present a screening of the documentary film MILK! By screening the film MILK by Noemi Weis we hope to stimulate awareness, education, and discussion about maternal and newborn health. Our screening will be followed by an expert panel discussion. All net proceeds will go to the BC Milk Bank!
Tickets: Early Bird: $6 when you purchase online by August 1, 2017 or $7.50 when you purchase online by September 29, 2017 or $10 at the door
Door Prizes: We will have a variety of door prizes for attendees
“Milk brings a universal perspective on the politics, commercialization and controversies surrounding birth and infant feeding…Milk celebrates bringing a new life into this world with a strong call to action and reflection.”
More about this film:
In response to the global situation and the need to increase awareness, education and change, Milk brings a universal focus on the politics, commercialization and controversies surrounding birth and infant feeding over the canvas of stunningly beautiful visuals and poignant voices from around the globe with a strong call to action and reflection.
Milk follows the stories of mothers from different cultures on a world journey over 11 countries bringing the audience to the universal topic of motherhood. Their personal and compelling stories epitomize symbols of a global phenomenon that represents the obstacles women face at this important time in their lives.
From the presence of milk donations in emergency situations, to the strong marketing tactics of formula companies, to the challenges of establishing milk banks after the closures faced in the 80’s due to the HIV outbreak, to new mothers battling to get the appropriate support from health workers, government and employers, Milk examines and spotlights the vital role that breastfeeding and education can play in reducing the staggering rate of global infant mortality and malnutrition.
The universal issues raised in the film include:
• Staggering rates of global infant mortality - Infants are being denied their right to basic nutrition; women are being denied their right to accurate information enabling them to make informed choices about infant feeding and the health of their child. Consequently, more than one million children globally die each year from lack of breastfeeding and one in three children are malnourished. Chronic illnesses like diabetes and respiratory ailment and obesity can be prevented by breastfeeding.
• Doctors and health workers receive inadequate training about infant feeding and nutrition. As a result, mothers do not receive accurate information and support following the birth of their child to maintain breastfeeding.
• Governments in most countries are failing to protect the basic rights of the mother and child on many levels. The absence and/or enforcement of legislation on the false marketing of infant formula and the presence of formula in emergency situations are responsible infant deaths and malnourishment.
• Many factors contribute to the high drop-off rates of breastfeeding, including social stigma leading to the shaming and isolation of mothers, and the failure of employers to provide paid leave and job security and adequate breastfeeding support when returning to work.