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  • Summary: With unexpected humor, with an unflinching camera, with some guilt and some pain, this film takes the unusual risk of examining what breast milk truly means. We are often told that breast milk is better. Better for babies, better for mothers, better for nutrition, health, well-being, and society. Many accept this and yet there are still very few women who succeed in breastfeeding exclusively for the recommended six months and beyond. What would it take to change? Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    May 6, 2014
    70
    Empathetic and nosy, Ms. Ben-Ari is no unequivocal cheerleader for breast over bottle: If anything, her subjects’ time-consuming struggles and evident exhaustion could put a damper on the natural-feeding plans of the most sanguine new parent. Yet the film isn’t a downer.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    May 15, 2014
    70
    Audiences will find themselves face to face with their own prejudices, assumptions and, perhaps, squeamishness.
  3. Reviewed by: Diana Clarke
    May 6, 2014
    70
    Ben-Ari elegantly conveys the crippling social pressures that arise when a woman suggests that she might be allowed agency over her own body and that of her child, without adding any words of her own.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    May 13, 2014
    70
    Ben-Ari seems just as invested, if not more so, in the social and psychological obstacles that can make breastfeeding problematic, and she explores them with impressive rigor, sensitivity and a refreshing lack of judgment, listening intently while prescribing little.
  5. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Jul 31, 2014
    50
    There could be a fascinating and illuminating movie in this.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    May 7, 2014
    30
    A mid-film montage of nipples squirting milk high into the air like the Bellagio fountains shows Ben-Ari has a sense of style and humor, but her general approach is tediously earnest, resulting in a documentary with such niche appeal (just parents with breastfeeding problems, basically) that it belongs on a library’s self-help shelf.