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Latching On

Production: Penelope Pictures
Year: 2010
Genre: Documentary
Length: 36 min
Format: DV


A quirky look at the politics of breastfeeding in America…

After filmmaker Katja Esson’s sister gave birth in Germany, she was able to breastfeed her baby anywhere and at any time. Returning home to New York, Esson found that breastfeeding was rarely practiced and largely unseen. Her wide-ranging, frequently funny documentary highlights the intersecting economic, social, and cultural forces that have helped replace mother’s milk with formula produced by a billion dollar industry, and reveals the challenges and rewards for women who buck the trend.


Director/Producer/Camera: Katja Esson
Editor: Kate Eales
Composer: Liz Lyzinger


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