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Breastmilk

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Dana Ben-Ari

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Plot Summary

From Producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein comes the newest film about our miraculous mothers… Pregnant bodies are easy for society to accommodate. What follows birth is a different, messier story. With a wide range of frank, revealing and often hilarious interviews, this critically acclaimed documentary follows the lives of breastfeeding women from all walks of life and the experts who guide them through this nurturing process. It’s all on the table as they address the many facts, questions, misconceptions and taboos surrounding breast milk and what we feed our babies.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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75%
  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Variously confronting sexual and financial worries, lack of maternity leave and performance anxiety, the women transform a seemingly simple act of mothering into a complex diary of daily challenges. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, May 6, 2014

Fresh: Dana Ben-Ari's gently affecting and insightful documentary achieves a remarkable intimacy with its subjects. – Justin Chang, Variety, May 13, 2014

Fresh: Audiences will find themselves face to face with their own prejudices, assumptions and, perhaps, squeamishness. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2014

Rotten: Images of newborns fumbling to feed bear witness to its importance. But the film's myopic style limits its impact. – Miriam Bale, New York Daily News, May 8, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Meh

The most interesting and wisest parts of this documentary were of the same-sex couples and they’re journey with breastfeeding. Very disappointed that the writers/directors didn’t source outside of New York City to explore the more positive states/societies who are supportive of breastfeeding. Instead it came off as a story focusing more on women’s insecurities than a documentary looking at the full spectrum and value of breastmilk.

Loved BOBB but so disappointed with Breastmilk

I absolutely loved The Business of Being Born. I've watched all of the episodes numerous times and I'm sure I'll watch them all again but I'm so underwhelmed with Breastmilk. I don't know what I was expecting but it's just not up to par with BOBB. There were so many different story lines and people but not enough emphasis on each story so it was hard to keep up. I thought it would be more about breastfeeding in general and the statics and information around it like BOBB was for midwifery and birthing plans.

I so admire the work of the BOBB that maybe my expectations were too high for this but I thought it could have been done a lot better.

Real issues, but missing focus

I was looking forward to watching this doc for months. As a new mama who struggled with breastfeeding like Colleen, I was hoping to get a better perspective on the realities of breastfeeding and its role in society.

Unfortunately, the documentary squanders the opportunity to tell the real stories behind breastfeeding. There was virtually no crying. There were no arguments at 3 am because the baby is hungry and everyone is exhausted and breastfeeding is not working out. Most of the tough moments were discussions that were not realized on screen. I often lost track of all of the characters. I realize that Dana Ben-Ari was trying to cover as much ground as possible, but in the process, she lost focus. While this film focuses on mothers from different backgrounds, it misses most of the heartache and frustration that can come with being the main (or partial) provider of sustenance for another human being.

This film is not as indispensable as The Business of Being Born, but it does present some of the real life difficulties of breastfeeding.

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