Sitting in the glow of natural lighting, baby Grace sleeps comfortably on the warm skin of her mother’s chest. She rouses and her tentative mother gently places her on her breast where she begins to soften once again and suckle her meal.
The above scenario doesn’t sound like a unique scene, that is, until I give you more details.
Grace was born prematurely and weighed only 1 pound. At the Berlin NICU they believe in making a setting where mother and baby thrive. That means no artificial lighting and a warm comfortable environment. They believe mothers should have a significant role in caring for their children, regardless of gestational age at birth.
The NICU’s efforts to support mother’s breastfeeding goals are so successful that the majority of mothers go home with breastfeeding infants. In baby Grace’s case, she left the NICU at 3 pounds and fully breastfeeding.
The Milky Way Movie is going to be showcasing the Berlin NICU and many other places around the world where breastfeeding is normalized and celebrated and the support for mothers has led to higher breastfeeding rates.
However, this movie is needing our help today. It is the last day of their Kickstarter Campaign (I believe the movie is almost complete, but needs post-production work) and all funds from the campaign are lost if their goal is not met.
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