The Milky Way

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Friday November 21, 2014
6:15 pm Pre-show Presentation
7:00 pm Feature Film
8:00 pm Community Panel
Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University, Ottawa


In the most successful ad campaign in history, formula companies convinced mothers to trade in their breasts for bottles, and the baby bottle swiftly became the most recognizable symbol of infancy. The phenomenon of the nursing mother has all but disappeared from our cultural landscape as the sexual breast supplanted the mothering breast. The simple act of nursing a baby engenders a plethora of reactions from society, especially when done in public.

The Milky Way is a documentary exposé about Breastfeeding in America. Our mission is to restore the Phenomenon of the Nursing Mother to the cultural landscape of America.”

The Mosaic Project

The Mosaic Campaign is The Milky Way’s attempt to normalize images of nursing mothers.  Becoming comfortable with pictures of a breastfeeding woman brings us one step closer to accepting breastfeeding as an everyday behavior that is welcome in our culture…anytime, anyplace.”


Individual photos were submitted by mothers like us, of themselves with their nurslings, and used to create the larger image.  DaVinci’s Madonna and Child has been completed.  Submissions are still being collected for Wonder Woman.  Check out our Mosaic Special Ticket Offer!

For more information on this initiative, and for details on contributing, please visit the Mosaic Project.  Also check out the special ticket offer when you purchase a mosaic!  See the completed image of DaVinci’s Madonna and Child.

The Milky Way – Movie Trailer

For more information on the film, please visit The Milky Way website.

Special Presentation Preceding the Film ~ 6:15 pm

Gisèle Gobeil

Panel Discussion and Talk Back to follow the film

Gisèle Gobeil

Gisèle is married to a very patient and supportive husband, and a mother of two, now adult, boys who were exclusively breastfed. She is a Registered Nurse and practiced in the field of maternal/newborn from the beginning of her career. Over the years she practiced at the bedside, which she loved, but hated the politics. And, so she gradually changed over to private practice. She certified as an IBCLC, birth doula with DONA and ICEA, as well as became a childbirth educator with ICEA. She practiced for several years as a doula, having attended nearly 600 births. She taught prenatal and breastfeeding classes. She also worked as a second attendant for two midwifery practices. She is still actively working as an LC in private practice and, along with a colleague, runs a breastfeeding drop-in in Kanata on Wednesday afternoons. In her spare time, she runs a small business which includes stained glass work and jewelry of sterling silver, copper and beaded  – all items are designed and crafted by her.

Lyne Lacroix

Lyne has been active active in LLL since 1985, leader since 1990, IBCLC since 1998, private practice and 15 years in Public Health, now retired. Happy grandma 1.5, and would like to be known as the LC with no rules!

Nancy Watters

An experienced nurse, educator, consultant and author with clinical expertise in family, pediatric,  perinatal and community nursing and health. Nancy teaches at the University of Ottawa in the undergraduate nursing science program and works part-time as a PHN in the City of Ottawa Health Babies Healthy Children Program.

As a consultant and expert advisor she has served on a range of provincial and national maternal child health policy projects such as the national infant feeding guidelines Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants – Birth to Six Months (2012) & Six to 24 Months (2014), National Breastfeeding Guidelines, the Postpartum Parent Support Program, the Family-Centred Maternity & Newborn Care National Guidelines and Prevention of Low Birth Weight in Canada.

She is currently serving as an expert advisor on the Breastfeeding Chapter for the update of the Family Centred Maternity and Newborn Care National Guidelines.

Andrea Houle

Andrea has been a midwife for six years at the Gatineau birth center and she has recently earned her designation as an IBCLC. She has two boys and NO idea what she is doing. She is forever grateful to the instincts of mothers and newborns and to 10 million years of evolution which really make her jobs a matter of trying really hard to mess things up. Luckily, she is also charming and no one pays much attention to her parenting skills.

The online box office is now closed. You can still purchase your tickets at the door.

If you have purchased a ticket online, there is no need to print anything.  Paper tickets will not be issued.  You should have received a confirmation e-mail and your tickets will be noted by your email address.  We’ve gone paperless!

Tickets will be available at the door for $15, until we are sold out.  Cash only please.

Mosaic Special Ticket Offer

wonder womanJoin the movement and be part of the Big Picture!  Pledge $20 USD to The Milky Way, submit your photo to appear in the Wonder Woman mosaic, and get in free to the CHOICE! Film Festival screening of The Milky Way.  This offer is valid for the first 20 audience members.

If a passport holder purchases a mosaic, they will receive one free admission for two guests.

Here’s how:

1.  Visit The Mosaic Project, read through the instructions, click on the green link top right to pledge $20.

2.  Send your photo to The Milky Way at, mentioning that your pledge is by way of the CHOICE! Film Festival in Ottawa.

3.  Forward a copy of your receipt to, and we will send a confirmation email that you have received a free ticket.

Paperless Tickets

Paper tickets will not be issued.  You will receive a confirmation e-mail. Your tickets will be noted by your e-mail address.  You do not need to print anything – we’ve gone paperless!


Location of Screening

All screenings will be held at Saint Paul University at 223 Main Street in Ottawa.  Parking is available on the North side of the building for a flat fee of $10.  Street parking is available.  Please enter the building through the door off the North parking lot.  There will be a sign to indicate what room the screening will be in.
For information on the location of the screening, please click here.


This festival is completely volunteer run.  All proceeds will go to support local birth and breastfeeding groups.

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