One of the greatest atrocities Black women had to face during slavery and Jim Crow was the fact that they had to breastfeed white babies, as their own became malnourished.

A new film,  “The History of My Chocolate Milk,” aims to enlighten people on the history of Black women and breastfeeding.

The creators of the film are looking to secure funding for completion by using GoFundMe:

Black children are 2.4 times more likely to die before their first birthday and according to the CDC this could be lowered by as much as 50% with the increase of breastfeeding.

We are raising funds to complete, market and release a feature-length documentary film, Breastfeeding a Nation: The History of My Chocolate Milk, exploring the disparaging breastfeeding rates within the Black communities, and diving into how our history plays a role in the present statics. The film will put the faces of real Mothers who breastfeed real children in the forefront. With the help of community activists, psychologists, nurses and political figures, Afrykayn Moon, the director, will attempt to make history of breastfeeding in the Black community visible, as well as articulate a few of the barriers that exist today.

The money raised through GoFundMe will be used for travel expenses for the film crew to conduct interviews in multiple cities. It will also be used in production to create special effects & titles, as well as for the process of combining all of these elements: rendering, compositing, sound design and editing, as well as the necessary hardware and software needed to create a high-resolution product. Historical re-enactment scenes for the film will also use a portion of the funds. Finally, a lot of the money will be used for media promotions for the theatrical release of the film.

To learn more about the women behind the movement, visit their GoFundMe page.

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