Breastfeeding Art

Me now in my mind:

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A few weeks ago I posted that images of women and children are frequent in the history of art (MoMA dixit) yet depictions of pregnancy are rare. I then added that even more unusual are images of breastfeeding.

But I was wrong and Instagram proved it so.

I recently found the most wonderful Instagram account called Breastfeeding Art. They describe themselves as: “inspiration and cultural + historical context for breastfeeding moms” and I just think they’re awesome. It’s a great account to not only follow, but also to suggest images to.

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In the few weeks that I’ve been a fan, they have posted images by painters like Chagall, Gauguin, Picasso, Visconti mixed with contemporary photographs like this one below by Annie Leibovitz for American Vogue.

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And of course stuff like THIS:

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Breastfeeding is a primal practice and the most noble obligation. It is very refreshing to see it immortalized by artists through the decades. I hope it continues being depicted with the grace it deserves. Maybe Instagram feeds like Breastfeeding Art can help people nowadays find their route back to the ways of instinctual parenting.

I leave you with The Origin of the Milky Way by Jacopo Tintoretto:

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PS Not sure it’s the same people but there’s also a Pinterest.

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Breastfeeding Art

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