Documentary on Black Breastfeeding to Preview in 200 Communities During National Breastfeeding Month
Elizabeth Bayne, public health advocate and the director of the documentary, initially launched Chocolate Milk as a documentary web series in 2014 to address the low rates of breastfeeding among African American women despite its many long-term health benefits for infants and mothers. Currently, the rates are 64.9% for African American mothers, compared to 85.9% for White and 84.6% for Hispanic mothers.
According to Elizabeth Bayne, the director, "It became clear mothers were not my only audience. The issues were as much about teaching mothers to breastfeed as creating communities of support to include families, health providers, employers and the public."
The series which profiles lactation experts and black mothers received over 400,000 views and screened at dozens of conferences. In 2018 Chocolate Milk caught the attention of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), an independent, private foundation that supports projects for children, and received funding to complete production on a feature-documentary version of the project.
The 90-minute documentary explores breastfeeding through the stories of three women, a first time mother, a third generation midwife, and a WIC lactation educator. Each story depicts the struggle to bring breastfeeding back as a cultural norm in the African American community.
"We have 253 preview screenings of the film scheduled this month in communities all over the country," Bayne commented, "As filmmakers, the goal is for people to see our film, so for Chocolate Milk to be reaching so many audiences already is incredibly humbling. It's more than I could have hoped for."
Chocolate Milk: The Documentary (http://www.chocolatemilkdoc.com) was made possible with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (www.wkkf.org)
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