Posted by: Admin | April 2, 2011

The Week-End Post: Breastfeeding in the Movies Part 2


Angie is a 1994 movie starring Geena Davis and Steven Rea. For those of you that are fans of The Sopranos, you will also see a very young James Gandolfini as the father of the baby.

In this movie, Angie tries to nurse her baby a few hours after his birth. IThe movie doesn’t say how long her baby was separated from her, but we now know that any separation at all can cause breastfeeding difficulties and this is exactly what happens: her baby does not latch on. Angie feels her baby is refusing the breast, hence refusing her as a mother. Notice the nurse trying to help her with the positioning! Sadly, as often still happens in real life, the nurse leaves with the baby instead of leaving mother and child together to get to know each other and work things out. Research now shows that leaving a baby in skin-to-skin contact with his mother can stimulate him to take the breast.

A lot happens during this movie. Angie even abandons her baby, although she comes back for him at the end of the movie. In a touching scene, she asks him to please breastfeed and accept her as his mother.

This  movie shows us just how important it is for a mother to succeed in breastfeeding her baby.


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