Bottled Up! A documentary about breastfeeding in America by Jennifer Davidson and Chantal Molnar.
ottled UP! is a documentary expose’ about Breastfeeding in America. Our mission is to restore the Phenomenon of the Nursing Mother to the cultural landscape of America.
The mantra is everywhere - “Breast is Best.” In the US 75% of all mothers attempt to breastfeed, but startling few succeed. Despite overwhelming evidence that it is the healthiest way to feed a baby, fewer than 14% of American women successfully breastfeed. Our film asks, “Why?” Why do so many women start out breastfeeding but find themselves up against overwhelming obstacles? We will take you on a journey that will outrage and incite, enlighten and inspire, as we expose the social programming that derails breastfeeding, and explore: • Why this is happening? • Who benefits? • What is at stake? Join us on our mission to elevate the nursing mother to a place in society where she receives all the necessary support to successfully nurse a child, where scientific evidence overrides marketing influences, and a woman does not fear breastfeeding in public. Welcome. This is your chance to make a tremendous difference in the lives of women. Sincerely, Jennifer Davidson & Chantal Molnar
Advisory Board • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Dex and Amelia Deboree Emily Deschanel Joy Fehily Jay Gordon M.D. F.A.A.P Jennifer Grant Kerry-Ann Johnston Brooks Kennedy Jim McKenna PhD Jennifer Meyer Maguire Alanis Morissett Clark Peterson Delphine Robertson Paige Goldberg Tolmach
Producers Jennifer Davidson RN BSN IBCLC* is a pediatric nurse and lactation consultant at the progressive pediatric practice of Dr. Jay Gordon, M.D. 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, and trust themselves, especially during the early days of new motherhood. Chantal Molnar RN MA 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 masterâ€™s degree in human development. Because of their experience and unique way of approaching mothers and babies, Jennifer and Chantal decided to create a documentary that addresses these and many other issues facing mothers in the 21st Century. *International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Breasts can sell anything...
Except for breastfeeding.
America has an uneasy relationship with breastfeeding
and one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world.
Why arenâ€™t women buying it? Why is breastfeeding important? Who cares?
Why should we care?
America spends 13 billion dollars a year on medical costs
for babies who are not breastfed
Most people have never before seen the images and concepts presented in this film: Footage of the innate capabilities of preemies when kept on their mother’s chest rather than in an incubator. The intuitive relationship and interconnections between mothers and their babies even during sleep. Animations that illustrate: • • • •
Immunity How milk is produced Brain development Effects of the first feeding on the newborn GI system.
ottled Up! shines a light on areas usually dismissed by media and medicine such as:
The internal wisdom that resides in every woman. The very intentional and life-ensuring capabilities of newborns. The amazing physiology of the two coming together as one.
his film is a significant validation of womenâ€™s personal power and authority as mothers.
We anticipate a larger audience than one would normally expect for this kind of film due to the number of celebrities who have agreed to be a part of our film. Our audience consists of mothers-to-be and their friends and families, birthing and breastfeeding professionals, alternative health practitioners, public health professionals, sustainable living, raw food, and slow food advocates, those who want to see corporate influence diminished, especially when it comes to control over our bodies and our health.
Our website is the foundation for supporting the philosophy that we promote:
TRUST YOUR BODY - TRUST YOUR BABY - TRUST YOURSELF The vision for our website combines the latest research, Jennifer and Chantalâ€™s professional opinion, with interactive input from mothers. We consider mothers to be the experts and will provide a platform for conversations among women to share what worked and what didnâ€™t work for them on a variety of issues facing women today. We want to be the go-to site where mothers can validate and share what they know, and to discover what other moms are doing differently. http://www.pieceofmyheartproductions.com http://www.i-breastfeed.com
Trust your body, trust your baby, trust yourself, strikes a cord with women that resonates deeply. Mothers are desperate for “solutions” that help them to be good mothers – sleep training being only one example. When a new mother is guided to her own knowing during her initial home visit and she “gets it,” you can see her radiate with self confidence on a level she has not previously experienced.
We have a working relationship with the full service film production company, GoodMakers Films. GoodMakers was founded by Cris Blyth & Tilo Ponder – a dynamic Director/Producer team who have combined their expertise in digital film production with their love of adventure, travel and a family commitment to making a difference in the world. With the GoodMakers crew we have already collected some very valuable footage and have produced a 6 minute “sizzle” reel which can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/32716690
We have already been invited to participate in the Baby! International Film Festival. We will submit to Sundance, Toronto, and other film festivals. We anticipate worldwide distribution in theaters. We will distribute DVDs through our website and through midwifery, doula, childbirth education, breastfeeding, mothering and natural parenting conferences.
Our fiscal partnership with Orange County Breastfeeding Coalition and Creative Visions allows us to accept tax-deductable donations. http://www.ocbreastfeedingcoalition.org/ http://www.creativevisions.org/2011/12/jennifer-davidson- chantal-molnar-bottled-up/
Promotional pieces, posters.
Empowerment kits for parents: â€˘ Automated informational emails that prepare each parent for the challenges around certain key events: pre-birth, birth, post-birth, early newborn period, etc. at regular intervals. â€˘ Hard copy oversized cards with essential information for significant periods such as how to recognize post partum depression and the family bed. â€˘ Resource packets that keep parents abreast of the latest research, laws, and support services. Teaching aids to parents and professionals who wish to support mothers to trust themselves. Franchise the educational programs.
Chantal Molnar firstname.lastname@example.org 714-538.6766 Jennifer Davidson email@example.com 818-400-9525
Cover Photo Credit: Amanda de Cadenet Madonna Poster Art Credit: Dex Deboree