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This film will change the face of American motherhood. Join us in this much-needed galactic revolution. Watch the trailer here:


posterThe Milky Way 
is a documentary exposé about breastfeeding in the United States.  We show how women can reclaim their birthright and restore the nursing mother archetype. More than a breastfeeding promotion film, this is a film by, for, and about women. It is about the knowledge that inherently resides in every woman, how to access that knowledge and how to trust what we already know. It is a film that inspires women to say, “I can do that!” “I want to do that!”

In the most successful ad campaign in history, formula companies convinced mothers to trade in their breasts for bottles, and the baby bottle swiftly became the most recognizable symbol of  infancy. The phenomenon of the nursing mother has all but disappeared from our cultural landscape as the sexual breast supplanted the mothering breast. The simple act of nursing a baby engenders a plethora of reactions from society, especially when done in public.

Conflicting advice abounds, leaving new moms bewildered and wondering if they are doing it “right,” and often wanting to opt out entirely. Countering nearly a century of medical procedures that  separated babies from their mothers and medical advice that informed women that their milk was not good enough, The Milky Way captures how mothers can access their inner knowledge and trust their own body’s wisdom, and why they should. Women’s stories, leading lactation professionals, archival footage, religious iconography, and formula advertisements, tell the story of how mothers relinquished authority to medical professionals, and succumbed to cultural pressure to forfeit their nourishing breasts in favor of a highly sexualized model.


The Team

CHANTAL MOLNAR, CO-FOUNDER, DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER

Chantal Molnar, RN, IBCLC, worked at University of California, Irvine Medical Center for over 20 years. During those years she saw how damaging medical practices are to breastfeeding, and realized how drastically the culture must change in order for more moms to succeed. She holds a master’s degree in human development.[…]


JENNIFER DAVIDSON, CO-FOUNDER, DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER

Jennifer Davidson, RN, IBCLC, is a pediatric nurse and lactation consultant at the progressive pediatric practice of Dr. Jay Gordon MD in Santa Monica, CA. After years of working with mothers and babies Jennifer recognized a consistent need to provide her clients with essential tools to enable them to trust their bodies, trust their babies, […]


JON FITZGERALD, DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR

Jon Fitzgerald has over 20 years of experience in the motion picture business. He co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival in 1995 and went on to direct the AFI Los Angeles Film Festival, Santa Barbara and Abu Dhabi International Film Festivals. After consulting to film festivals and indie filmmakers for many years, he transitioned back into producing, […]


M. EVE BURNS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Eve is a military veteran, breastfeeding mother, and our fearless leader. She has been with us since the early Kickstarter days and has been involved in every facet of the campaign since. She is a social media master, skilled content creator, and a fundraising genius. Eve is also the founder of MoveOverMen.org, one of our partners working toward family-friendly […]


JOHN MECHOLSKY – DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

John is a PMI certified Project Manager and a huge asset to our team. He has extensive experience with team building and management across myriad industries, and he is known for his skill under pressure. His ability to see the big picture and effectively diagram programs is vital to our mission. John is also an […]