Milk is a short film created by Noemi Weis, which demonstrates some of the choices women face when it comes to breastfeeding across eleven countries. Women from various backgrounds voice their views during the film, offering a greater insight into social attitudes towards birth and breastfeeding.
Since its release, Milk has been shown across a number of private screenings around the globe. At the Hot Docs International Film Festival, Milk sparked debates across the media, with Toronto Film Scene celebrating the film, saying it “Represents a celebration of life and motherhood”.
Speaking to Inside Toronto, Noemi Weis, explains some of the experiences she encountered during her time filming Milk. One thing she witnessed was how formula was marketed to women. She said: “One of the things that really struck me when doing my research, though, was witnessing the influence of formula and how much that’s being pushed on some mothers, especially in emergency situations.”
Milk does not portray a bias argument for or against breastfeeding, which is something that has been stressed by Noemi Weis and her film production company Filmblanc. The film provides an educated insight into women’s choices and how breastfeeding attitudes change from country-to-country, whether it’s the woman’s choice or common practice within cultures.
Since conducting her research and showing off the finished product, she claims that doctors offer thorough advice when it comes to childbirth, but leave women less informed about nutrition for their baby.
“I definitely think a lot more attention has to be paid by schools of medicine when it comes to nutrition.
“It needs to be more of a priority, because every baby should have the right to the best care and nutrition,” she added during her interview with Inside Toronto.
Overall, Milk provides an inspiring outlook about motherhood around the world and celebrates new life.
The breastfeeding debate continues.