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SCREENING TODAY: “Chocolate Milk” Documentary Highlights Black Breastfeeding Week

By Kylie Masznicz
Screen grab from "Chocolate Milk."
Screen grab from “Chocolate Milk.”

August is National Breastfeeding Month. Specifically, the last week is dedicated to celebrating black women who breastfeed. Special attention is brought to those of color because of the low rates of breastfeeding in the black community and the poor access to reproductive health care for black women in general.

Film director and producer, Elizabeth Bayne wanted to change this, and thus was created “Chocolate Milk,” a documentary. The film follows three black women, all with different goals when it comes to breastfeeding.

One is a first time mother with a lack of knowledge in breastfeeding, the other is a lactation educator, and the third is a homebirth midwife.

Each woman fights for their end goals, and the audience gets to follow the unnecessarily struggle some journey.

The documentary is previewing in over 200 communities during National Breastfeeding Month, including Reno.

It will play today, Saturday, at 4 p.m. at Northern Nevada HOPES, 580 West Fifth Street.

All ages, races, and genders will find something within the documentary. Despite your background, being educated on issues like these open up conversations and may reveal a concern in your own hometown to be discussed.

For information on Reno’s Black Breastfeeding Week Celebration, visit https://nnbc.wildapricot.org/event-3464821.

For information on “Chocolate Milk”, visit http://www.chocolatemilkdoc.com/film.