Directed by: Karin Proia


Mammals [comp. lat. Mum "breast" and -fero; propr. "Equipped with breasts']. Provided with mammary glands that secrete milk to feed their young.

Breastfeeding, besides being a powerful means of survival, is the basis of the physical, mental, social and emotional development of the child. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that this is the natural and indispensable means of ensuring the child everything he needs to feed, defend themselves from germs and bacteria and grow in the most appropriate to our species, that is in close contact with his mother and recommends exclusive breastfeeding until at least six months, as the main power supply up to one year and the milk of choice to two years of the child and beyond.

Breast milk, after the sixth month, continues to provide the child with the necessary antibodies to protect against infection, some even in larger quantities than when the baby was younger. As long as you breastfeed, the milk continues to be produced, even for years, adapting to the child's needs that vary with time, and gradually the child grows they become no less important, just change. Breastfeeding is considered a public health priority, specifically referred to as a UNICEF-law, art. 24 of the Convention on the Rights.

It is scientifically proven that at least 97% of women are able to breastfeed their babies, even twins or triplets, for as long as you like and the child requests it, giving adequate solid power in addition. Yet today in Italian statistics show a different situation. It is very common to hear mothers say: "I had no milk", "I had but finished now", "The pediatrician has given the addition because my not enough" and so on.

What is behind many failures? Though in some cases the cause can be traced in little motivation of the mother, in others she lives as the inability to nurse with a deep frustration and as a personal failure.

Why has a culture spread where having adequate and sufficient milk is an exception? Why do those who are able to start breastfeeding sooner or later meets a series of disapproval? "Always at the breast!", "Still you feed ?!", "grows enough?", "It will be a problem, take off the breast", "After the sixth month the milk has no more substance." The WHO recommends to let the child decide when abandon the breast and notes that now spontaneously comes between second and fourth year of life. Why do many doctors urge weaning around 6 months, or even on the 4, recommending infant formula "follow-on" for at least 9-12 months? The imitation better than the original?

Why on the discharge records from hospital, when the little ones have about 4 days of life, is there often an indication of the primary: "Nursed with X" milk, "TOT measures diluted in TOT water" in violation of the International Code marketing of breast-milk Substitutes (adopted by WHO in 1981), which prohibits any direct or indirect promotion of any substitute for breast milk and products needed for its administration?

Breastfeeding is an important and sensitive both for the baby and for the mother, for their physical and psychological health. Few measures adopted or less can either point to a gratifying success or otherwise towards difficulties, cracked nipples, mastitis and fevers, that turn around quickly in hell, that lands then inevitably the use of infant formula. Do women find, around them, sufficient information and adequate support to take the peaceful side of the crossroad?

These are the questions that we want to look for answer, investigating the dynamics that move around and behind this crucial moment in the life of a woman, a child and the whole society.