As a professional certified postpartum doula I recertify every three years. It is a complicated process requiring hundred of hours of study, review, and client service. It provides numerous opportunities to research information useful to my clients. This film, The Milky Way is just such a resource.
Below find my certification review and notes on this film. It is easily accessible through Amazon Prime. Even if you have breastfed in the past, reviewing the fundamentals is always a good thing. Refer it to others you know who are considering breastfeeding their babies.
I was shocked to learn that despite the overwhelming scientific, psychological, and physiological benefits for mother and baby only 15% of American mothers provide purely breastmilk for 6 months!!! Certainly there are situations where breastfeeding is not preferable, however, in general, it is the easiest, least expensive, and healthiest choice. We have a lot of education and support to provide in order to help moms decide what is best for their babies!!!
Please know I am available to consult on these issues!!!
The Milky Way Produced by Piece of My Heart ProductionsReleased in 2015 Viewed 3/22/19 97 minutes in duration Available on Amazon Prime Movies
The Milky Way provides statistics and interviews with many professionals in the field of lactation. It also investigates and shares the personal experiences of 30 women in their breastfeeding journey. Their individual situations vary widely. For many of them the lack of support they received discouraged them as they learned to care for their babies.
As a postpartum doula encouraging breastfeeding is a large part of my practice. Helping to create a non-judgmental confortable environment for mother and baby is imperative. Encouraging an atmosphere conducive to relaxation and success is my goal. This documentary encourages communication. It reinforces the need for professionals to talk with prospective clients prior to coming into their homes to serve them. It is important that new mothers have the opportunity to share their thoughts on breastfeeding initially. It is imperative for me to understand mother’s feelings and needs for support.
Pediatrician Dr. Jay Gordon MD and Lactation Consultant Jennifer Davidson RN IBCLC work together in a practice that has morphed into a lactation practice. They state only 15% of babies in America are breast fed through 6 months of age. 2010, Bartic, Reinhold produced statistics assessing $13 B would be saved annually in medical costs if babies were breast fed through 6 months.
Dr. Peter C. Whybrow MD, Director, Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, UCLA contends 90% of the advantages of breastfeeding have nothing to do with nutrition. He states the physical contact of breastfeeding contributes to the development of the nervous system, bonding, antibodies, immunities, emotional stability, IQ, and more. Those of us in the field of infant care and health understand immediately after birth newborns have many physical needs affected by physical contact with mother. The statistics for skin on skin contact and it’s metabolic advantages are widely accepted as Gospel. Blood sugars stabilize, bacterial patterns are set, heart rate calms as well as body temperature normalizes when skin to skin contact with mother takes place.
The information provided in The Milky Way reinforced previously learned material regarding the continued importance of mother to child breastfeeding for the duration of at least 6 months after birth. It also provided a foundation of information for clients. I believe it would be a useful tool in providing expectant mothers information in their search for whether or not they should breastfeed their babies.
Attached notes taken while viewing film:
The Milky Way owned by Piece of My Heart Productions 2015 97 minutes in duration Available on Amazon Prime Movies
“The Milky Way is a documentary expose about breastfeeding in the United Stated Produced to encourage rethinking of how our culture views breastfeeding through investigating current norms and assumptions, medical influence, international thinking through institutions in Germany & Sweden.”
Breastfeeding Breast is Best
Breast feeding first mentioned in Greek mythology. Zues/ Hara/Heraclese The Milky Way Only 15% of US babies are exclusively breastfed at 6 months Dr. Jay Gordon MD Lactation Practice Lactation Consultant Jennifer Davidson RN IBCLC Dr. Peter C. Whybrow MD Director, Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior UCLA 90% of breastfeeding is not nutritional Development of nervous system. Bonding Feeling lessons/ amount of food Antibodies/immunities. Individual
If 90% of babies were breastfed for 6 months the US would save $13 billion per year in medical costs Bartick, Reinhold, 2010
The Fearless Formula Feeding Mother Blogger James J. McKenna PhD Director, Mother Baby Behavioral Sleep Lab University of Notre Dame World authority on co-sleeping. Anthropologist Current teaching is cultural not for babies
Genevieve Thomas Colvin IBCLC Program coordinator Breastfeed LAMaternity Leave – govt. mandated elsewhere Compartmentalized mothering separated from rest of life.
Berlin St Joseph Hospital cutting edge infant /mother care!!!!! 1991 Baby friendly hospital movement. Family Beds Entrainment heart beat/body temperature Mothers sleep better, happier w skin to skin. Co-sleeping encouraged at home Katrin Bautsch RN IBCLC Director Neonatal Lactation program St Joes/Berlin Beatrix Schmidt MD Chief Neo-natologist St Joes/Berlin Intermittently through out Nancy Williams IBCLC Author, Marriage & Family Counselor Dr. Louis Dumas Skin to Skin vs Separation Extensive researc. Kangaroo Care Evidence Based Practice re separation respiration improv. Fundamental physiology
Newborn mothers Babies find their way to mom’s breast Trust the bond between mothers n babies
Stockholm, Sweden Pro-family policies breastfeeding skin to skin. 18 months family leave when baby born
Scott M Montgomery PhD Prof Clinical Epidemiology Karalinska Institute
Britt-Mari Fornell Certified Midwife Mama Mia Birthing Center
Formula companies. Provide $ to med schools. $ to hospitals/ supplies heavily invested in the thinking of breastfeeding in med find. ingredients palm oil high fructose corn syrup
Seeking Change normalizing breastfeeding in public
Supporting moms in many ways