Virginia Department of Health Press Release: 

(Charlottesville, Va.) - Breastfeeding is good for babies and moms – it is associated with reduced risk of asthma, obesity and ear infections in infants, and with lower risk of Type 2 diabetes and breast and ovarian cancers in moms. It also promotes mom-baby bonding. Despite the benefits, not all women breastfeed or breastfeed exclusively for the recommended minimum of six months.

The Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department WIC will host a free screening of the documentary “Chocolate Milk” on Tuesday, August 27 in recognition of August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month in the Commonwealth. The 90-minute film examines why black women breastfeed at lower rates than their peers.

The August 27 film screening will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department through entrance #3 (1138 Rose Hill Drive, Charlottesville, Va.). Registration is not required.

“Chocolate Milk” is a digital storytelling project that began as a web series in 2014. The series features mothers sharing their personal breastfeeding experiences and now includes over 40 episodes. Production on the feature documentary began in 2016 and follows three African American women at different stages in their breastfeeding journeys while documenting the rise of the black breastfeeding movement. The film is scheduled to be released via community screenings, including Charlottesville, across the nation in August 2019.

Thomas Jefferson Health District WIC is a supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (“WIC”) which offers breastfeeding support including a peer counselor program, providing eligible clients with lactation supplies (such as breast pumps), and conducting outreach to raise awareness of the state law that protects a woman’s right to breastfeed in public

Virginia Department of Health breastfeeding resources: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/breastfeeding/.