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Breastfeeding celebrated in new doco

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Not to be hidden away, local breastfeeding mums come into the light when they hit the red carpet for the Australian premiere screening of the documentary The Milky Way. Photo Eve Jeffery
Not to be hidden away, local breastfeeding mums come into the light when they hit the red carpet for the Australian premiere screening of the documentary The Milky Way. Photo Eve Jeffery

Eve Jeffery

It’s 21st century Australia, but women are still having to seclude themselves to feed their babies owing to archaic ninnies making a fuss because they cannot cope with bare boobs in public places.

While humans are the only animals that hide away from ostracising eyes to nourish their offspring, a new documentary hopes to shed some light on those hidden places.

The Mullumbimby Group of the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is excited to present the Australian premiere screening of the documentary film, The Milky Way.

‘We are delighted to be able to present this refreshing and insightful documentary to the community’, says Mullumbimby ABA Group leader and breastfeeding counsellor, Samaya Nichols Askill.

‘The film was released only a few weeks ago in the United States, so it is fantastic that we can host the Australian premiere here in Mullumbimby’.

Breast-feedings-mums-ej-9W6A7108Cultural, political roadblocks

The film was produced by two accomplished American lactation consultants, Jennifer Davidson and Chantal Molnar, who are fired up to change the cultural and political roadblocks placed in front of women wishing to breastfeed.

They say they are ready to fight the fight to make things right. The Milky Way captures how mothers can access their inner knowledge, trust their babies’ and their own bodies’ wisdom and why they should.

It is a film that inspires women to say, ‘I can do that and I want to do that!’

The film screens at St John’s Hall in Mullumbimby on Sunday June 1 at 2pm.

The cost is $6, and all funds raised go to the Mullumbimby Birthing Unit and the Mullumbimby ABA Group.

Photo Eve Jeffery

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