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I apologize for those who have seen this already, I seem to be having some technical issues on this end.

Pass this along! 

For those who would like a synopsis:

The lack of breastfeeding in America has turned in to a public health crisis. The rising statistics of childhood illnesses preventable by breastfeeding are staggering. While commercial infant formulas are commonly perceived to be the medically recommended second choice infant food after breastfeeding, the World Health Organization (WHO) states: "The second choice is the mother's own milk expressed and given to the infant in some way. The third choice is the milk of another human mother. The fourth and last choice is artificial baby milk."

After receiving little support amidst her breastfeeding difficulties in the hospital after the birth of her first child, Leslie Ott felt as though she could do nothing more and resorted to feeding her baby infant formula after feeling threatened by the pediatrician when told that her baby would have to remain in the hospital if she did not.

Once home the situation worsened, her baby would not latch correctly and the severity of the pain in her failed breastfeeding attempts only increased. Thankfully Leslie chose to ignore the misinformation she received and set out to educate herself on all things breastfeeding resulting in a now successful 20 month nursing relationship.

Becoming aware of how frequently women receive inaccurate information and believe common myths surrounding breastfeeding on top of the lack of full support from their physicians resulting in so many women who failed to breastfeed, Leslie set out to increase breastfeeding awareness and show how important breastfeeding certainly is.

Leslie Ott completed the Lactation Educator Course from the University of California San Diego Extension and contacted a local production company, Post Avenue Productions in her home of Phoenix, AZ to film a documentary investigating America's un supportive breastfeeding culture and will address:

Why are we ignoring our natural biological function of breastfeeding?

Why are doctors, who more often than not agree that breast milk is far superior to infant formula, so quick to prescribe it when a mother experiences difficulty breastfeeding?

Why do we continue to sexualize the breast and stigmatize its actual intended use?

Why are there not more widely available human milk banks where a mother can go and receive that precious liquid gold for her baby rather than free cans of formula in our mailboxes?

If infant feeding is a choice, why are we not making an informed one?

This documentary will provide an insightful look in to our culture's attitude towards the breastfeeding mother and its acceptance of infant formula
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